This is a way cleaner, shinier, prettier, newer version of
what we'll really be driving on our adventure.
Don't you love those new Sienna commercials, btw?
Here's what I've got planned so far:
- Book bags for each child. They fill with their faves.
- Children's books downloaded from Audible.com
- Lots of music. Our family mostly listens to all-ages music like Dan Zanes, or "regular" music, but the little guy truly goes ga-ga over one particular cd, called Toddler Favorites. I would love to hear your favorite toddler recommendations since I can only stand that particular cd in small doses!
- Crayons, pencils, paper and clipboards.
- The Alphabet Game: Pick a category, like animals, names, cities, sports teams, etc. Try to name something from the category that starts with an A, a B, a C...
- I Spy With My Little Eye...
- Trivia games with prizes. Prizes rock on road trips!
- These fun mixed-up fairy tales from Melissa at Imagination Soup
- Wikki Stix to make letters, creatures...
- The Leapster, which has been out of batteries for at least 6 months, making it like a brand new toy. Awesome!
- A small selection of Legos. I'm packing them anyway, despite one issue during last year's road trip, which involved a tired three year old, a fit of frustration, and approximately 1000 Legos thrown around the minivan. Not awesome!
- I like the suggestions on this list from Babycenter, especially the trip notebook. (However, I will skip the "talking toy" suggestion, because five people in a car=more than enough talking.)
- This list from the Frecklebox blog is also fabulous.
- How about these Cheerios necklaces? I'm going to have Cheerios scattered everywhere anyway, so I might let the older boys give it a try.
I don't know if this will fill 40 hours, but we'll also have the DVD's, and they might sleep occasionally, so we should be good, right? :)
Do you have more suggestions? (Especially for entertaining the tricky toddler.) I'd love to hear them!