JUL 15, 2015

How to keep the kids entertained on long road trips

If you’re heading down to Devon for your summer holiday this year then chances are you’ve got a long car journey ahead of you. It’s hard enough to keep the kids entertained at the best of times, but when they’re cooped up in the car for hours on end they get incredibly bored and frustrated, leading to mum and dad with frazzled nerves and 80 miles of motorway still to go!

Here are a few fun ways that you can keep the kids entertained as you make your way to Devon this summer...

  • Have a sing-along: Bring your child’s favourite CD on the journey and have a sing-along in the car. Perhaps they’re a fan of Disney’s Frozen or Cars, so bringing the soundtrack to play in the car will keep them entertained for a while.
  • Bring an audio-book: Buy some of your child’s favourite books on CD and play them on the car stereo. Alternatively you could put the CD into a portable player or download it onto an MP3 player and your child could listen to it through headphones so that the rest of the family don’t have to listen.
  • Bring some activities: Buy a cheap baking tray and some magnetic alphabet letters for your child to play with. Hopefully the fact that the letters are magnetic means that they won’t get dropped all over the back of the car!
  • Bring some crayons: Using the baking tray again, this time as a surface on which to do some colouring. Stick some paper to the tray and give your child a bunch of crayons to colour in with.
  • Download some cartoons: If you have a tablet device you could download some episodes of your children’s favourite cartoons. Invest in a tablet holder suitable for attaching to the back of the driver or passenger seats so that your children can watch cartoons without risk of dropping the tablet.
  • Help them sleep: If past experience tells you that your kids will not stay entertained for the long drive to Devon, it might be wise to travel during the night, or early in the morning – whatever time they’re most likely to doze off in the back of the car. Sleeping children can’t ask “are we there yet?” every five minutes, and it can also help with motion sickness too.
Created on 15th July 2015
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