17 May 2016

Keeping the Kids Entertained While Travelling

If you haven't already booked your summer holiday it's more than likely that you have been browsing brochures in preparation of a family getaway of some sort. Whether you're arranging day trips, weekends away or jet-setting to beautiful foreign shores for a few weeks, you will want to ensure your journey is as hassle-free as possible. 

My entertainment ideas are here to help...




Technology
Although you may normally limit your child's access to games consoles and tablets, when travelling they are really handy to have to hand. There are some great apps to keep them occupied for a few hours, which have educational benefits too, so you can focus on driving to your destination or getting checked in at the airport peacefully while they play. DVD players are equally as useful at keeping little ones occupied - they can watch their favourite Disney films quietly.



Drawing
The Mini Mes love to be creative, as do most children, so providing them with a simple pad of paper and a few colours will certainly put smiles on faces, without breaking the bank. You can ask them to draw specific things they see from their window, a holiday activity wish list or get them to doodle different people before working out who they've drawn - just like Sunlife did in their celebrity drawing quiz. You might want to add in a few stickers for added fun also.


Free games
Games like 'I Spy', 'Who am I?' and 'I Went to the Shop and Bought' are all free and a great way to kill time when you're sat in the car, on a plane, train or boat, while also developing observational and memory skills. You can also prepare a few check lists attached to miniature clipboards so the children can keep an eye out for specific vehicles, landmarks or animals while on the go. If they like being competitive you can even award points for different items and see which sibling wins.


Magazines and books 
With so many packed with puzzles and bursting with stories, magazines are great for taking on your travels and popping in your hand luggage. Children will have fun reading about some of their beloved characters and with free toys attached they are good value entertainment. Magnetic books are also low cost and feature favourites like Peppa PigBen & Holly's Little Kingdom and the Gruffalo. Children can create scenes and start all over again whenever they wish with no stationery required for minimal mess.


Learn a language
You're never too young to learn a new language and it's definitely worth remembering a few important phrases while abroad. There are some fantastic easy audio courses suitable for children which teach French, Spanish, German, Portugese etc and books to refer to quickly when needed.


How do you entertain the children while travelling?

Image Map
*Sponsored Post*

21 comments :

  1. all very good ideas, I love the coloring drawing and game ideas x

    ReplyDelete
  2. I like the idea of learning a language whilst travelling. We used to spend hours playing I-spy

    ReplyDelete
  3. I like the idea of learning a language while travelling. I wonder if I could persuade my son to do that.

    ReplyDelete
  4. We haven't tried to learn a language in the car so that's a great one to try next time. Thanks.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I like the idea of children learning a language if you are going abroad. I think tying it in with the destination would help keep them interested.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Fab ideas. I was a total bookworm when I was a kid, so my parents had it easy!

    ReplyDelete
  7. We pack them each a bag with snacks, colouring and their tablets

    ReplyDelete
  8. The dreaded iPad normally comes out on long distances but colouring and playing games feature too

    ReplyDelete
  9. I have just ordered a great drawing book for our holidays and I have quite a few game sheets that I download for the boys, but we also use technology a lot

    ReplyDelete
  10. I love the idea of learning a language, we always learn a few words in each country we go to and have made it a family tradition to learn "ice-cream" as well as the usual please thank you hello etc. It's very useful!!!

    ReplyDelete
  11. I love the idea of learning the language of the country you're travelling to, on the journey there! We usually tell stories, listen to music and have a heap of activity books in the back of the car.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Some great ideas here

    ReplyDelete
  13. I'm all about electronics on long drives - anything that keeps them happy and entertained ;-)

    ReplyDelete
  14. Some great ideas , we always take playing cards like undo, snap and the kids like that.

    ReplyDelete
  15. I remember spending hours playing i-spy in the car as a kid, now it is all about the iPad!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Fab ideas will be handy for us going away soon :) We should do I went to the Shop, I forgot about that game! x

    ReplyDelete
  17. Great tips Emma and we'll need lots in the summer as we're on a cruise ferry for about 2 days! POD loves stickers and making googly eyed monsters :)

    ReplyDelete
  18. Hi Emma,
    Love the idea of learning a language. So many fab resources available for little ones too. I love finding bargains in the £1 shop for travel too. Thanks for joining the #myfamilytraveltips linky!

    ReplyDelete
  19. Yeah technology can be a life saver when stuck in traffic or delayed. Our eldest is learning french. He loves ordering his juice while on holiday #myfamilytraveltips

    ReplyDelete
  20. Some great ideas - I agree about technology as well, all my usual screen time rules are suspended for flights! Stickers are another failsafe for us too, and good for little ones who constantly drop crayons/want to draw on seats, or we liked the water magic pads for the same reason. #myfamilytraveltips

    ReplyDelete
  21. Also, while recollecting to drive on the right half of the street is essential, so is having the right protection. click to read more

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for taking the time to stop by.
I'd love to hear your thoughts, feel free to pop a comment in the box!