Tierney shares how she keeps her young children entertained when travelling.
Guest Post – Tierney Kennedy
We travel a lot and below is my list for keeping my kids amused while travelling.
Keep a bag or box in the car with items you can pull out when you need to travel that extra half an hour on a leg of a trip. Zip lock bags are great for keeping it all organised so it’s easy to find different things.
- Puppet for your hand, with books for the puppet to read aloud
- Toy diggers/trucks the size of matchbox cars with a couple of bits that move
- Something jangly like bells/maracas/tambourine
- Plasticine or play dough inside a tied balloon (or two) to make a squishy ball. Add googly eyes and a drawn on mouth for fun.
- Big fat beads on a piece of string (tied along the seat, thread or to hold and slide).
- Finger puppets made from toilet rolls (texters in a zip lock bag or pencil case)
- Sparkly stuff inside a plastic baby food jar with the lid glued on (glitter, sequins, alfoil, small bells)
- Small board books (and lift-the-flap) – assume the flaps may be all ripped off by the end of the trip
- Laminate photos of family and friends to hold, talk about, tell stories
- A wet washer to chew on
- Snack food (portion size) eg. crackers in a zip lock bag – sounds simple but we could get an extra 30 minutes of driving time with our cranky toddler when she could help herself to food.
- Straws, plastic cups or bowls, spoons
- Pretend phone that makes beeping noises
- Set of spare keys for play
- Small torch or electric candle – especially if it changes colours
- Frozen chew ring
- Plastic food to play pretend picnics with
- A few small dolls or teddies. Bring a blanket to wrap them up with and a small spoon and pretend bottle to feed the toys with.
- Music CDs (Wiggles, Play School music)
- Juice in a drink bottle instead of just water – the interesting flavour can add 15 minutes of happy driving time.
- Anything with buttons to push
- Stretchy animals (eg lizards, snakes from spotlight for about $2 for a large packet)
- Small plastic animal or doll figurines (that can fit in a small zip-lock bag)
- Read along stories (with CD)
- Funny hats for you to wear then pass back and forth
Do you have any tips to share?
About the Author
Tierney Kennedy is mum to three children, a maths consultant and author of over 50 books for teachers. She works with teachers from around Australia to help maths actually make sense to kids. Read her other guest posts here: Making Maths Fun for Kids (at home), Fun with Boys on the School Holidays.
Facebook page: Maths Matters