We have three boys and no matter how well behaved they usually are, once they put their butts on the car seats, that’s it, all hell breaks loose. They will scratch each other, tell tales on each other, punch each other and just be jerks to one another.
We were so sick of the same behavior from them that we started to look into ways to keep them occupied and “happy” whilst travelling in the car.
I always have my bag with me to carry my epi-pen in and over the years I have worked out what I need to bring with me to keep the peace between the arguing boys in the back there. But as they have gotten older, my bag just does not hold enough for them. We invested in a small backpack each and in it they have:
Pencils and Paper, they have their own little case with various stationary in and a little notepad.
A folder with various laminated scavenger hunts (This keeps them busy for ages)
Travel size games for when they do decide to get along.
A book. Perfect time to read is when you are travelling.
DS console or Tablet but only if we are travelling for hours and hours.
Games we play
Morrisons trucks – you know those ones with various produce like tomatoes, fish and strawberries on the side.. Basically if they spot their allocated truck they get a point. (sounds boring I know but It works)
I-Spy . Who doesn’t like playing this? ME! When elliot plays I-Spy he just makes up random words that mean nothing or he will say it begins with an f but really it’s Dad……
Who’s Next Door – Stuck in traffic? Get them to peak at the people in the car next to you and then they have to make up a whole Life story.
Fortunately/Unfortunately – Most people have played this before but for those who haven’t you basically make up a sentence but it has to start with either fortunately or unfortunately and take it in turns.
20 Questions – Chose a person and then the other players have 20 questions to work out what they are think about.
What do you do when you travel? Do you have games you play to keep the peace?