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Whether its some long distance driving in England to stay with family or friends or a full blown European motoring vacation, the thought of taking children on a long car journey can seem a great idea when costing out the family holiday, but as the day approaches it seems more and more daunting.
The secret to a successful trip is to invest some time before you set off so you're prepared and ready to entertain, challenge and keep happy those delightful little passengers strapped in their cosy car seats in the back row.
- Think kids: The most important thing is to remember that they are only kids. They may not be interested in alpine skylines or breathtaking sea scape. Think about how they see things and try to think like them.
- Prepare the car: Before you go, have a good clear out of the car inside. Get rid of old crayons and rubbish tucked in between the seats. Throw away scrappy colouring books and freshen up the whole car. Get the kids helping clear up and polish, wipe and scrub away the year's mess and rubbish that may have accumulated. Give the car a good vacuum and clean the outside too. This way you'll feel much more ready to hit the road!
- Supplies: Make sure you have wipes, plasters, first aid kits etc on board just in case. Plus emergency drinks, sucky sweets (in case of feeling a bit car sick). Also you may wish to think about blankets, pillows, torch, fire extinguisher and jump leads... just in case!
- Safety inside the car: Keep the back of the car clear of any baggage or things rolling around, if you can. Get a good holder to keep all the supplies together and safe.
- Treats: Ration the treats and entertainment you bring along. Don't use up all your good ideas before you even hit the motorway.
- Take some different coloured mega blocks and can see if the children can arrange them in order when you shout out the colours. So, say, red, blue green and see how long it takes them to assemble accordingly. For babies, just getting them to play with a couple of block can easily amuse them
- Bubbles - blow bubbles (especially good for babies).
- Balls - to have a run about and play in the open air when you stop.
- Books - old favourites and perhaps a few new ones. CDs of spoken books are great too.
- Post it notes - allow them to write notes and stick them everywhere! Easily removed and their arms won't stretch too high to obscure the driver's view.
- Make up a story inspired by what you see outside.
- Wool, hole punch and old birthday cards - get the children to punch hold, then thread with the wool.