Letters and numbers: Look for a specific number or letter in the environment and go through the entire alphabet!
Magnets: Bring a metal cookie plate and some magnets (numbers, suns, figurines that can be dressed by overlapping pieces of clothing, etc.). Kids will have fun and will position the magnets as they please on the cookie plate. Nothing will fall on the floor and fun is guaranteed!
Window crayons: There are certain crayons you can use on windows. Even if they are washable, avoid this toy if you are a clean freak! If a little colour doesn’t bother you too much, you will have masterpieces upon arriving at your destination!
Crayons and paper: By using a binder or platter to create a large and solid surface, it is possible to draw in the car. By placing a bag on the back of the front seat, the little fingers will be able to grab and put back crayons as they please without dropping them on the floor.
If you have a little budget, plan on buying surprises at the dollar store! Avoid little toys that are easily lost or that can be swallowed by younger kids. Keep the surprise bag with you and take out a little surprise from time to time. A great way to entertain them is to tell them to be nice, otherwise they won't get a surprise.!
Even if some are against this type of entertainment, others can’t live without the portable DVD player that allows children to watch movies in the car. When the trip is long and the kids can't sit still for too long, it's an interesting solution to help them stay calm for an hour or two.
A great way to go about road trips is to plan many breaks (about one every hour) to move around and get some fresh air! A bathroom break and a drink later, you will all be ready to get back on the road... until the next stop!
Motion sickness is often the result of a sensory conflict between your eyesight and inner ear. When children are young and their heads don’t go higher than the seat in front of them, their eyes see a fixed and motionless object but their inner ear takes note of all movements like turning and speeding after a stop sign. This is also the reason why reading in the car can cause nausea. The contradicting information given to the brain creates uncomfortable symptoms such as fatigue, paleness, nausea and even vomiting.
If your child suffers from motion sickness, you will really benefit from using a booster seat allowing your child to see the surrounding environment and moving objects around him. Obviously, don’t try to get his attention by making him watch a movie, read a book or draw. Try to avoid strong perfumes in the car and abrupt accelerations.
Children aged 3 to 12 years old are more prone to motion sickness. The older they get, the less symptoms they will get. Don’t hesitate to speak to your doctor; he could give you advice on how to prevent the motion sickness symptoms.