Writing to Grandma or a friend: A little “wish you were here” note, or a description of the trip (maybe even pulled from the journal entries) and mailed or transmitted to family and/or friends can be fun.
Remind the kids that they’re telling about their experience, so make it interesting.
Reading: Good reading material can be beneficial most anywhere, but should be something that is easy to read and comprehend. I wouldn’t suggest a thick book on a difficult topic.
Young minds can become bored quickly and the young ones will need another activity. Take a break every so often and play a game, or do an
observation exercise (counting types of vehicles, houses, buildings, airplanes, or something similar).
A little variation in activities is good.
Games: Simple and quiet are best. You want to avoid driver distractions. This is where some of the items listed above can help. This is where some electronic games are wonderful.
Draw the trip: If the travelers are too young to write but like to draw, have them draw something they have seen that day, or that they think they will be seeing soon. Have them draw you as you travel.
These can become keepsakes, and they probably will go well in the journal.
Watch a show or movie: If your vehicle has a DVD player, this can be a great benefit. If possible, however, use headphones. It’s that driver distraction thing, you know.
Listen to the music: Radios, CD players … any similar devices that can be used … are excellent. Remember those headphones.
There’s a starter list. Feel free to add any and all you can to make it a fun time. Length of journey, time of travel and number (and ages) of travelers will have a lot to do with what preparations you need to make.
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