Travelling with kids can be challenging. They are restless, and require constant attention and entertainment. Therefore, parents must be well equipped with different gadgets and games in order to amuse their children. Tablets, cameras, smart phones and many other electronic devices are often used as a means of entertainment.
However, for those parents who are not so fond of these devices, a great solution is educational games which will also help children develop their logic.
Guest blogger Sophia Smith shares ideas to keep kids entertained during travel.
HOW TO KEEP KIDS ENTERTAINED DURING TRAVEL
Toys and Games
Age appropriate toys and games for the child are paramount. If children have something to play with while sitting and waiting for an endless drive to finish, the trip will go on much easier. Parents should avoid bringing toys with several parts because the pieces might start to drop down under the car seat and this can be very frustrating for a kid. Magnetic shapes and letters are the perfect alternative. Moreover, picture books, sticker books, and coloring books, are the best examples of quiet fun.
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Group activities are very popular among toddlers. They love to engage with many people, so singing songs, telling silly jokes, and storytelling would be a great way to entertain them on the road. Moreover, listening to audio books and CDs would be an excellent distraction from the boring ride.
Cartoons and Movies
Whether it is on a cell phone, a laptop, or on an airplane, television screens can be found everywhere. More often than not, portable movie players can be found inside cars, minivans, and trucks. Therefore, if a family is planning a long trip, they should definitely invest in a portable DVD player.
Moreover, tablets, and smartphones can also be filled with different shows, cartoons, and movies and with a set of headphones, a kid is perfectly set for the ride down the road. Finally, all gadgets should be fully charged before the trip, an extra cable or charging port alongside spare batteries should be on the top of the list of things parents must bring on the trip.
The best games for exercising the mind during a trip are Sudoku games, mazes, crossword puzzles, puzzle books with word searches, and chess. If, on the other hand, kids just want to play and not train the brain, Battleship, and Jeopardy would be the perfect option. Many kids enjoy doodling, so bringing a sketchpad or a notebook is another suggestion. Furthermore, a child would maybe like to write down what he or she sees in a journal, and make the time pass faster that way.
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Teenagers are all about gadgets these days, so they will probably only need their smartphone so they can snap pictures of fascinating scenery or people in the car, and make a travel scrapbook later on. A deck of cards is always a fun way to entertain and it offers numerous game opportunities children can play among themselves, or on their own. For those who love a little competition Hangman, Dots and Tic-Tac-Toe are the best options.
Nowadays there are so many great ways to entertain children thanks to the technology, creativity and numerous educational games. All of these are the perfect way to entertain children during a trip, as long as they are having fun and not distracting their parent while driving.
Sophia Smith is Australian based fashion, beauty and style blogger. She is also very passionate about traveling and well-being. Sophia writes in mostly beauty and lifestyle related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. She is regular contributor at High Style Life on topics related to beauty, fashion and lifestyle.