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6 Fun Travel Activities for Kids

With the holidays coming up, families will be spending a lot more time riding in the car going to grandma and grandpa's house and spending time on family vacations.

Kids get bored in the car really quickly, so it is always a good idea to have a variety of activities to keep kids occupied while you are travelling. These six fun travel activities will help you get started.

Magnet Fun

For toddlers and preschoolers, metal cookie sheets work great for your child to practice his or her ABC's. All you need are some magnetic letters and numbers like the ones you put on the refrigerator.

The cookie sheet makes a great work surface for any magnetic items that your child likes to play with. You can also glue small magnets to small items like plastic dinosaurs or toy trains. Your child can then play with them on the cookie sheet and they won't fall off while he is playing with them.

cookie sheet magnets

Lego Box

If you have older children who are into Legos, it is very easy to make a special "Lego box" for travelling. At craft stores you can find small inexpensive wooden storage boxes that are approximately the size of shoe boxes. Paint the box any color you choose with a can of spray paint and then use some spray adhesive to glue a Lego building plate or two to the top of the box, depending on how big the box is.

Legos can be stored inside the box, and the top of the box can be used as a base for your child's Lego creations. This Lego box is not only great for the car, it can be taken anywhere (this is also a great Christmas gift idea for Lego enthusiasts).

Car Activity Bags

A car activity bag is a fun bag your child can take along with him or her on a long car trip. Give each of your children a tote bag. You can buy inexpensive tote bags at a craft store and customize them with your child's name. You could even let your children decorate the bags themselves with fabric paint.

Fill each bag with your child's favorite activities. For a girl it might be her favorite books, coloring books, crayons, Barbie dolls, CD's, or DVD's. A boy can add some of his favorite Lego characters or superhero action figures.

License Plate Game

The license plate game never gets old. Have one of your children be in charge of the master list. Everyone in the car can take a part in looking for license plates from all of the different states. You will be surprised at how many license plates you will see. Have the list maker keep track of each license plate that is spotted.

Activity Sheets

You can easily create a custom activity binder for your children. Search online for free word searches, coloring pages, etc. Use a three ring punch to place the pages into a three ring binder for your children to take with them in the car. Used pages can later be discarded and new pages inserted for the next trip.

Add a zippered pencil case to the binder to easily organize and transport your child's colored pencils, pens, and crayons.

Books on CD

There are many books on CD available for the whole family to enjoy. Your local library is a great resource for audio books. From books for young children to books for adults, there are audiobooks available for everyone in your family.

Long car trips don't have to be boring. With a little planning ahead of time you can have lots of fun activities for your children to do while they are travelling in the car.

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