Looking for some peace of mind during your travel, but not being able to relax because of the tantrums your child keeps on throwing every now and then? Well then, this article should be of some use to you. Listed below are some activities to keep a child busy and occupied when travelling:
- Sight Seeing
See what time is best for travelling. If your toddler takes an afternoon nap, start your trip early morning. But before leaving the house, check the weather forecast as well as the timings of the sights you wish to visit. Make sure these sights have some interest for your child as well. Children have very little patience for long queues so it would be wise to avoid such places.
While travelling, take breaks every now and then; stop for a diaper change, a small quick snack, or a moment of peace. This will help you to recharge. Science museums and zoos are reliable child amusing places with family restrooms and cafes to relax and eat. Keep in mind that this trip is all about your family, so visit places that your child would like. Tell them about places, start a conversation with them, ask them questions regarding the places etc. That way your child will have fun and learn at the same time.
- Good old Video Games
It is a tried and tested fact that nothing can keep a child engaged for long like a good old video game. Be it a Nintendo, PSP or just a smartphone game, children of today are attracted to video games like a honey bee is attracted to flowers for pollen. Hence, if you plan on enjoying the road trip and your child decides to have one of his/her moods, hand your phone to them. They are sure to find many interesting and thrilling games on Friv and Juegos Friv; be it cooking, car racing, adventure or dress-up games, you will find all of them here.
- Take the Drawing Kit Along
Drawing their favourite characters and cartoons is sure to keep a child busy for some time. Using a pencil or crayon, draw various objects on a piece of paper and ask your child to guess them. Then, hand the pencil over to them and ask them to draw something, with now your turn to guess. Make pictures and ask them to fill in colour, or form a connect-the-dots image to make things interesting.
Pack a travel drawing-kit that has the following things:
- A sketch or drawing pad
- Color pencils
- Sing Along Songs
Travelling in your car when your child starts getting cranky, crank up the Radio or attach your phone to the Aux cable and play some songs and poems such as “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” or “Old McDonald had a farm”. Play and sing the poems loud and clear using hand gestures and expressions. This would make your child happy during travel and will amuse them endlessly.
- Bring Books to Read
Bring along the child’s favourite books and short stories and read to them anywhere, anytime. Make sure that the books are according to the age and interest of the child. For a 3 to 6 years old kid, the books should have lots of colourful pictures and must not be too verbose. In case your child is not fluent in reading, read out to them, but emphasise on the tone and expressions of the story to make certain that they remain engaged and attentive until the end.
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