Ways to entertain children in the car

10 Oct
Kids in car

Kids in car (Photo credit: ToriaURU)

Do you get anxiety just by thinking about the fact that your family will be in the car for an hour or more. Many parents have invested in a DVD player which will buy them peace and quiet for a while and it works for many families but when you have, like I do, four children in various age. Having one DVD player can lead to conflict and make the car ride terrible. If it should work for my family I would need one for each child, with a content that appeals to each of them. That is why I need to find another way to entertain my children in the car more old fashion way. It can make the car ride fun for the whole family and can turn it in to valuable family time.

  1. Singing this is one of the easiest ways to entertain kids in the car. For best results it is important for parents to sing along as well. You can sing family favorites together or let each family member chosen one song that everyone participate in.
  2. Storytelling – children love listening to story’s. You start telling a story and then invite your kids to participate in the telling of a progressive or developing story. You can ask them questions like ”What happens then”, ”How did the boy feel?” or ”Where did it happed”. You can also use well know tales like Goldilocks or Little Red Riding Hood and maybe add a little extra to it.
  3. Games to play – you can play games like “I see something that is….” then you chose something that you can see in the environment and the children will have to ask questions (is it big/small, is it gray/red, is it on the street or in the sky) about it and guess what it is. The same rules apply with “What starts with letter,” or “What rhymes with...” or “I’m thinking of an animal that lives….”. Playing these games can make your car ride both entertaining and educational.
  4. Reading traffic signs – this can be very educational and good reading exercise.
  5. Bring something to eat and drink – you can bring healthy snacks that are not too messy to eat, such as juice boxes, sandwiches, and fruits. Children need to eat more frequently than adults, at least my children, and a hungry child can get very grumpy believe me.
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3 Responses to “Ways to entertain children in the car”

  1. Duncan Faber (@DuncanFaber) March 6, 2013 at 4:58 am #

    We have 5 kids, and we always keep them busy with audiobooks. Their ipods are full of them. There are lots of great sites to download them, but we use this one a lot because their stories are original and free. Here’s the link if anyone wants it. http://www.twirlygirlshop.com/moral-stories-for-kids

    • momsopinions March 7, 2013 at 10:41 am #

      That’s a great way to entertain kids, but it can be difficult for young children waiting for it to be their turn. Sometimes it contributes to more quarrel in the car.

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