We are finally taking another trip back home. We are from New Orleans, and moved away with hurricane Katrina. We have been back to visit a few times since; we still have plenty of family and friends there. But this is the first time that the family will all be back home together - my parents, my family, my sister's family, and my brother's family. My parents came up with the idea of planning a big trip all together to surprise my aging grandmother. She is going to be soooo happy!
It is a very long car drive, so I have been preparing for things for the kids to do in the car. Here is what I have come up with so far:
Last time we took a trip, I made these folders for each kid. I went online and printed road trip bingo, a tic tac toe board, mazes, word finds, find the differences, a map for the route of our trip, dot-to-dots, and travel scavenger games. I put it all in page protectors and into a folder. They each decorated their covers. I bought dry erase markers and we were good to go! I also had found a travel Connect Four game at our dollar store.
This time I found a travel Trouble game at our dollar store. They also had travel Battleship, which I almost bought, but I realized that the real thing was pretty small and portable, so I will just bring the actual game.
I went online with Jill and downloaded some new songs for her mp3 player for the trip. I did the same with Jack for his 3DS.
I went online in search of children's stories on audio that I could download and bring to play in the car for everyone to listen to. I found several Robert Munsch stories - he is so fun! I also found more children's stories on audio at Story Nory. All were free, by the way!
For snacks, I am bringing: dried fruit, snack mix, fruit juice gummies, applesauce, goldfish crackers, and I bought a stainless steel water bottle for each of us. For fun, I am stringing anything that will work, onto a "snack necklace"!
We are still getting ready, so there may be more to come. If you want to follow along our trip with us, follow me at Twitter.