For my 30th Birthday last week, we took a long weekend family road trip up to Northern California, to the town where my husband and I first lived after we got married. We wanted to take the kids to some of our favorite places up there. The drive was 8 hours each way, and while we did utilize the DVD player at times during the trip (Junior has been in a screaming phase lately, so the DVD was for my sanity and survival), I also brought along a lot of fun activities to keep the kids occupied.
This is so easy and inexpensive. It makes for a great all-purpose travel tray. Definitely my top must-have for any road trip or plane ride. See the instructions here.
Lego Patterns Travel Game (Free Printable)
My 6 year old has a lot of fun with this Lego pattern game, and it’s easy to transport. Make sure you pack a few extra pieces in case they’re dropped! Get the printable here.
We’ve brought this super easy Lego tray on every trip we’ve taken in the last year, and I can guarantee at least 45 minutes of quiet when my daughter is building. Find the simple instructions here.
Purchase a sketch pad from the dollar store, and draw a bunch of dots on each page. Have your child connect the dots however they want, and have them tell you the story behind their “drawing”. See some examples here.