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Screen Free Ways to Entertain Your Children while Traveling!

Posted By Melissa McKenzie, Sunday, November 19, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Traveling for the holidays?  Many of us enjoy traveling to see family and friends during this time of year, but traveling with children can also be stressful and hard.  How do we keep our kids entertained, especially if you we don't want to let them use screens the entire time?  We've compiled a list of simple ideas, that do not take a lot of preparation, but will help keep your little ones busy and happier during your trip! 
  1. Wrap little toys from the dollar store or happy meal toys and let you kids unwrap them.  If you are on the plane, make sure you only bring toys that you don’t care if they are they get lost or end up under someone else's seat.

  2. Tin foil-  Let your children be creative and make their own creations.

  3. Tape- Don't underestimate the amount of fun a little person can have with a roll of tape.  This a inexpensive and easy way to keep their hands busy.  

  4. Fill a wipes box with little scraps of fabric.  Little ones will love pulling all the pieces out one by one.  Try to find materials with different textures for a more enjoyable sensory experience. 

  5. If on a plane (and have a window seat) purchase window clings from the dollar store or Target and let them decorate.  This would also work in the car if the window is an easy reach from their carseat.

  6. Bring new or special snacks that are special for this trip (if the food takes a long time to eat, that is an extra bonus)

  7. Clip coloring pages or just plain paper to clip boards and let them color and draw.

  8. Books! Don’t forget that these are good entertainment in cars and on the plane.  Bring books that have flaps or lots of interesting things to talk about, keeping them engaged as long as possible.  

  9. Collect monopoly money, old gift cards or business cards and fill an old wallet.  Kids will love a busy wallet!

  10. (If you are driving) Bring a kid’s book on tape or the soundtrack from your kid's favorite movie and sing at the top of your lungs!

  11. (If you are driving) Download a free road trip app that tells you where along your trip that there are play areas in restaurants or interesting pitstops on your way.  Try apps like PlayPlaces or Roadtrippers to help you plan your rest stops. 

Hopefully a few of these ideas will keep your little ones occupied and happier during your travels this season.  

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