Our part in the putt-putt project is almost done, so tomorrow we’ll be heading down the road again. I look forward to road trips, as the children have always traveled long distances well, even when they were small. We borrowed a portable DVD player once so they could watch movies, but we’ve never purchased one of our own. Instead, we’ve found other ways to make the time in the car pass more quickly. Here are some of the things we do:
1. Sing along to songs on the iPod. When my husband gave me one for my birthday a few years ago, I had no idea what to do with it. My niece and her friend downloaded over 300 songs on it; they gave us such a wide variety of music to listen to, it’s been fun finding our favorites.
2. Listen to books on CD. Right now the favorites that span the age range from 5 to 12 are the Junie B. Jones stories by Barbara Park. I find these and others at our local library.
3. Listen to Adventures in Odyssey by Focus on the Family on CD. We have listened to these over and over and over…
4. Play the alphabet game. This is the game where each player searches for the letters of the alphabet in order. The players can find the letters on billboards or business signs. When we are in an area where signs are scarce, we modify the rules a little to allow for letters on trucks and license plates.
5. Play “I’m going on a trip…” This is a fun game, though it’s harder for younger children to play. Each player names something he would take on his trp that begins with the next letter in the alphabet. The catch: he has to also name all the items previously mentioned and in the right order. For example, I’m going on a trip, and I’m taking an alligator, a balloon, a car, a door….
6. Search for states on license plates. Before we leave on our trip, I print off coloring pages of the map of the United States, one for each child. Then, as we see license plates from the different states, they color the corresponding state in on their maps.
After traveling for many hours, we’re all ready to get out of the car, but the time on the road has been a good time together.