A SURPRISE FOR EVERY SEGMENT OF THE JOURNEY WILL HELP CHILDREN GET THROUGH LONG TRIPS WITHOUT GETTING BORED
Finally in the car, full of joy for the upcoming holiday. But with every kilometre the mood worsens: the children grumble and fight. Just a little preparation and the desire to play lets you make the most of your next trip! The important thing is to have a good schedule for games and a great basket of food.
Who can forget the endless road trips of our childhood which included various playing games to pass the time? It's almost amazing to think that once we were able to survive long journeys in the car without tablets and Smartphones and even without air conditioning. In extreme cases, we also played name the tune or tried to find animals in the shapes of clouds.
Today the choices are much wider. Audio books are a great idea to ensure tranquillity at the beginning. But who really wants to listen to the same story for hours like "Pumuckel and his teacher Eder" or "The little dragon Coconut"? Or maybe even always just the same CD! Pippi Longstocking gets boring after two hours, at least for the parents! And even the tablet ends up tiring and sometimes causes even more grumbling.
Involve your child: what do you need for your trip?
Why not prepare your child to travel as you prepare your suitcase? Ask him what he would take with him.
Which toys, stuffed animals, books and audio books or what music would he want to take? Involve him by allowing him to prepare a backpack, so that it’s ready for reading or games. Also, get a new card game, a couple of books or a couple of new audio books.
Trip segments and surprise packages
To create suspense and feed the child's curiosity for the trip, you can pack the games and snacks that you brought in surprise packages. Prepare several paper bags to give your child during the journey, at the end of special segments or on arriving with directions from the map. In each bag, put a small toy, a book, a drink, juice, raw vegetables or fruit.
Snacks for the trip: the right mix!
Travel supplies can be a great diversion and create a good mood. But careful: the right mix makes a difference! First of all, give your children healthy and nutritious foods (sandwiches, fruit, cucumbers, etc.) before allowing them to eat other things. If kids eat only sweet foods all the time, blood sugar increases to the an impossible level and it’s easy to get in a bad mood. A trip with children full of sugar can be very stressful for both the driver and for the passengers. At Lidl, you’ll find a good mix of healthy foods and tempting snacks.
And, if even this is not enough: play guessing games! Here are some free and fun ideas:
One player invents the first sentence of a (hopefully) fun story. Another player invents the second sentence and so on, until you find yourself in the middle of a story that may have the strangest developments.
- Who am I? 20 questions are allowed
One player thinks of a person, a place, a well-known thing. Others have to guess with a maximum of 20 questions. The first player can only respond with yes or no.
- "City, country, river" with reference to the holiday
One of the players mentally runs through the alphabet. Another player at some point says: "Stop!" Now, all passengers must say a word that begins with the letter where the alphabet had stopped. A good idea is to say words connected to the holiday destination. For example, with M you could say these words: marmalade for breakfast - mountains - mule... If a player fails to find a new word, you change turns calling the letter.
- A classic: Pack your suitcase
One of the players starts by saying: “I packed my bag and in it I put a sweater.” The second player says: “I packed my bag and in it I put a sweater and a pair of socks”. And so on until one of the players no longer remembers the list and is eliminated. An ideal game to train your memory.
- Interrogation: "Yes" and "no" are prohibited
Ask each other questions, but never answer with yes or no. You’ll see: you really have to concentrate!