Hi. I'm Jennifer Durbin, and I've got some tips for you on different games you can play with your toddler in the car.
We all know that a long road trip is tough on everyone, especially a toddler who wants to get up and explore and move and groove. Getting them to sit in their car seat for hours on end is a challenge. There are lots of games that you can play in the car, so do a little planning and your trip will be easy.
The first thing you'll want to do is hit the dollar store or your local thrift shop. There are tons of fun games you can find there, and you won't spend too much money. It's fun to surprise kids with a new game in the car, and even consider wrapping it up. Just putting it in plain wrapping paper and handing it to them in the backseat can be highly entertaining for a toddler; watching them unwrap it and get excited about this new game they're going to play.
You can, of course, play the old favorites you know; watching the road signs, counting the number of white cars you see, or the types of license plates. Those are your old standbys, so have those in your back pocket.
You may even want to get them a personalized CD to play. You can get any of their favorite characters on CD saying their name. Now, it might get a little old hearing it for a few hours, but that would be a good $20 spent. Also fill your iPod with all of their favorite music. Having music playing can always keep the mood up. You could always resort to a DVD, as well. It's not a bad idea.
While you're at the dollar store, there are another few unexpected things that you might not think to pick up. For instance, a cookie sheet can be highly entertaining for a toddler. Let them have a cookie sheet on their lap in the car seat, and give them a few magnets, or even put a little whiteboard on it. They can draw for hours on end and everything is contained, right there on the cookie sheet.
So just give it a little thought, pack their favorite toys, and you'll have a nice, fun road trip. Do a little planning, work in time for pit-stops for a change of scenery and reset everyone's mood, and you'll have a super, fun car trip.