EASTER – Before sunbathing and listening to the gentle sound of the waves, you have to take the highway and its traffic jams. Bison Smart has this Friday, April 15, classified red in the direction of departure, but has committed to a long weekend at Easter. If it were up to you, you’d alternate between driving and taking a well-deserved nap. Yes, but that would be a bit quick to forget about your kids who don’t feel like sleeping all the time.
So that the time does not seem too long for them, Le Huff Post went for 12 activities for kids of all ages. After the tenth part of “neither yes nor no” you will surely dream of another game (and you too). Follow the leader.
Improvisation games in the car
Time: 7 minutes per lap
An adult or a child chooses a color. For 5 to 10 minutes, the members of the car have to find the most things (cars, landscape elements, animals, etc.) that have this color. The person who chose the color counts the points. Whoever wins the round chooses a color.
Time: all the way, but not continuously
At the beginning of the trip, plan a list of things the children can see along the way: a bird’s nest, a bridge over the freeway, four red cars in a row, three children in the back of a car, a small white dog, birds in the sky. You can also plan small treasures that you will find at every stop in the motorway service area: the coffee maker, the ham sandwich, the toboggans, the Montélimar nougat bar. At the end of the ride, count the points and reward winners and losers with a well-deserved ice cream!
Time: 2 minutes per round
This game requires speed and concentration. The non-driving adult must list animals, property and people. The children must answer “I’m flying” or “I’m not flying” correctly. We’ll let you decide if the robber steals or not steals! In the same way, you also have the “neither yes nor no” or riddles (the unedevinette.com site should give you some ideas).
Temp: 5 minutes
It’s difficult now to repeat your French geography as long as the number of departments is lowercase, but if you have lynx eyes, go for it! Otherwise, you can always try to understand the first two letters of your registration number by making up an acronym!
Games that require a little preparation
Children who love to draw will be a little frustrated during their car journey, difficult to draw on their knees and on the seat back tablet that does not sit well in front of them, and we are not talking about felt-tip pens and colored pencils that get lost in the first turn . An American mother came up with a clever system to capture such situations. A small box with a lid (she took a box of bandages) with a pad of post-its and crayons and that was it. That’s something you can count on and something you won’t lose your color to.
Temp: 20 minutes
Vacation is already vacation. To safely get in the mood after driving on the Autobahn. Bring back the best memories of your past vacation. What is the most beautiful beach you have seen? Where have you eaten the best ice cream? Do you remember your biggest holiday giggle? Which landscape impressed you the most? The American blogger “the little fashionista” offers English speakers the 30 questions she likes to ask when she is driving (see below). What would your dream trip be? What would your first child be called? What is your biggest fear?
Temp: 20 minutes
In order for the children to keep a nice memory of their vacation, you can buy them a nice notebook to choose from in the days before departure. During the outward journey they can draw, write, stick stickers to prepare what they will see, do or eat. If they can read, write a little instruction on each page: Draw the beach/mountains/swimming pool/landscape that you will see every day, draw the flowers/trees/plants/animals that You see discover during the holidays, imagine the ice cream you will eat, draw the children with whom you will play during the holidays. For the return trip, you can take out the notebook and ask your children to draw their memories. You can also insert postcards, small cards, flyers and developed photos.
Time: 1 hour
Before leaving, ask each child and adult in the car to prepare five songs. You are in charge of the playlist, it’s up to you to collect the CDs or – legally of course – download everyone’s playlists to your phone or tablet. Print out the lyrics or save them to your devices and start a wild karaoke game. Alternate the songs from each other, it’s an opportunity to discover your children’s tastes and vice versa.
Professions that require equipment
Time: all the way (if all goes well)
Give each child a box of treats, including small snacks, to make the trip seem shorter. An American mother came up with the idea of buying boxes with compartments and customizing them with her children’s names. Without going so far, the day before departure, you can prepare with your children a box of products that they like: fruit, sweets, cupcakes, nuts of all kinds. The rule is simple, each child has the same amount. You will have to be content with this box for the entire trip (except for the picnic). If they are too young, keep the boxes in front of you so they aren’t all gone in a few minutes. A good way to try to empower the elders.
PS: Don’t forget the box for you and the driver!
If you’re lucky enough to have a portable DVD player or a computer/tablet handy, that’s enough to get at least 1:30 quiet.
Time: 1 hour
Because the little ones take books they know with them so that they can tell the story. You won’t be left with him to discover a new book and get him interested in it (unless you’re happy to spend the trip in the back of the car). Of course, let the older ones choose the book and magazine they want, and forget about the start of the school year and teachers’ reading recommendations. Reading in the car is not easy, it has to be engaging! Finally, don’t forget the stories read aloud, a good compromise for children prone to car sickness.
Time: 5 to 30 minutes
Drawing, playing, learning the alphabet, there are apps for everything. For example, you can solve fairly simple puzzles with My First Riddles, create funny animals with Mousefish, or even make very simple drawings on a blackboard with Board. The 01.net site offers a fairly large selection of applications for children, depending on their age. A mom blogger also offers you her favorite apps for little kids, but a downside is iPhone and iPad apps.
PS: Don’t forget the cigarette lighter adapter to charge your devices
See also on The HuffPost: Understand how traffic jams form with this simulator