Friday, May 24, 2013

Vacation/Road Trip Ideas

June is coming fast and it won't be long before school will be out for the summer. Parents will be thinking about summer vacations and possibly taking a road trip with the little ones.

It can be quite challenging with all the kids, sometimes a friend or two and even Fido thrown in the car too. The bond,the closeness if you know what I mean....just gets to be a little too much. Gosh,I remember those days!

Then the kids start with the "are we there yet"??? Or Jimmy is looking at me and then there is Katie's shoe is touching my leg. Sound familiar??? haha...

So...why not organize yourself ahead of time and arm yourself with some games, snacks and things to do that keep the kids busy so they don't have time to fight.

My favorite was the BUSY BOX created by Wendy (Utah's Crafty Chick)

Another one I really think is a cool idea----
If you are crafty enough you can even make you own tic tac toe board on the computer or on card stock and laminate it onto a magnetic strip then do the same with some disk or glass rocks from the dollar store. They just have to fit into the scale of the Altoids box. Add some magnet to the backs and voila! you are good to go. You don't have to buy a bunch of stuff just be artistic and use your imagination. Here is the link for this one however.

Here are some ideas to get you started---

Printable from Momsminivan

Classic Road Trip Games from Disney

10 Noise Free Car Games

Kids World Car Games

Pinterests Road Trip Tips

Books related to our topic---
Road Trip
Dad and Ben haven't been getting along recently and Dad hopes a road trip to rescue a border collie will help them reconnect. But Ben is on to Dad's plan and invites Ben's thuggish buddy, Theo. The family dog, Atticus, comes along too and the story is told by Ben and Atticus. When their truck breaks down, they commandeer an old school bus, along with its mechanic, Gus. Next, they pick up Mia, a waitress escaping a tense situation. Only sharp-eyed Atticus realizes that Theo is on the run—and someone is following them.
Available on amazon

Amelia Bedelia Chapter Book #3: Amelia Bedelia Road Trip!
Amelia Bedelia, America's favorite housekeeper, had a childhood full of surprises, mischief, and hilarious misunderstandings. In this illustrated chapter book adventure, just right for fans of Judy Moody and Ivy + Bean, young Amelia Bedelia piles into the family car and takes a road trip with her family. This is the third book in the Amelia Bedelia chapter book series and is just right for newly independent readers ready for a more challenging vocabulary and books with chapters.
Have a safe and fun summer from ever here at Fran and Friends!!

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