In anticipation of our LONG road trip for vacation last month, I knew I had to do SOMETHING and get creative about things to do with my children in our car. Road tripping with 2 young children sounded like this mama’s version of a nightmare. So, I am probably a bit behind the curve here, but my car isn’t terribly kid-friendly. We rarely have anything interesting to do while we are in it, and on the rare occasion that I remember to remind the kids to bring something with them, they don’t do it most of the time.
With the trip looming right ahead of me, I took the plunge and finally bought a book I had been eyeballing for a while called Carschooling: Over 350 Entertaining Games & Activities to Turn Travel Time into Learning Time. It is written by Diane Flynn Keith, who runs Clickschooling.com, of which I am a big fan, and the book hasn’t disappointed me even a tiny bit!
I bought car organizers! How on earth have I not done this before??!! I am seriously behind the curve, like 6 YEARS behind. In preparation for our future adventures in carschooling, as we tend to spend a fair amount of time in the car (trucking back and forth to park days, play dates, co-op classes, or field trips), we now have some of our basic essentials in place, ready to use whenever we need them.
My teeny tiny car now harbors…Notebooks, lapdesks, colored pencils, pencils, a pencil sharpener, magazines, coloring books, flashcards, audio books, music CDs, a camera, binoculars, a magnifying glass, a critter keeper, a picnic blanket, and spare clothes.
The book has so many great ideas, and some of them require materials preparation ahead of time, while others you can do without much forethought. Anyone who read my blogs about our vacation, knows that our road trip with the kids was not “fun times” all around, but I honestly hate to think of what it would have been like if I had been completely unprepared. :/
We seemed to have better success on our shorter 1.5 hours road trip to Lake Jackson this past weekend. 😛