Are we the only family who does not let kids watch dvd’s/play on an iPad when driving long distance? The main reason for this is that one of our children gets motion sickness very easily and I’m done washing vomit if I can avoid it.
But while stuck in the closed space I’ve found it also to be a pretty good opportunity to spend time together. What do you do when driving? I’d appreciate more suggestions, as we’ll have longer distances to drive later this summer. But here are a few things we do:
– a mixture of ” I spy” and the similar Finnish game “what do you know of my friend”. As our kids don’t know what letter words start with yet, they give us a hint that describes what ever they are thinking of. And it can really be what ever. Very amusing to hear their thoughts. Or giggles when they think they are ultra smart.
– making up stories: one starts, the next one continues. With the older one we can also have a rule of always having to incorporate something we see right then out of the window.
– of course we sing. Or kids take turns making up songs. And there are many Christmas carols sung…
– they did surprisingly well playing tourist bus guides: One was the narrator, the other one translated it. I didn’t think they could interpret like that but only here and there did I help the older one with a few words, the younger one was mostly playing a clown. But we had fun and they rehearsed their three languages so I’d say it was a success.
– play the “who can first spot…”
– learning/ making up sign language
– of course we have audio books, music and snacks too. Carrots are fabulous as they are healthy and take a long time.
What else could we play?
The last drives has led us to see this kind of places, could be worse: