I recently went on the first vacation with my two little ones. It was a cross country venture in which we were going to be traveling by car for 12-16 hours. My children have never before driven anywhere so far and I was unsure of how they would do for staying still. My boys are quite active little guys and being made to sit still for so long could have become a major problem.
When I first started planning for our trip, I realized that I would have to come up with plenty of things to entertain them with. This meant plenty of books, puzzles, movies and games for children that would be both educational and fun for a two year old and a four year old at the same time.
Now what types of toys do little preschool boys like to play with? And what types of games can keep them engaged for long periods of times? Well, I brought along their Melissa and Doug puzzles because these are excellent for both manipulation of little hands and durability of long rides due to the solid wood pieces. They have a few of those. One is an alphabet one with various animals,one is a race car counting magnetic puzzle, and the third one we brought was my little guys favorite with all of his cars,trucks, fire engines and helicopters on it.
Along with those, we also brought along some card games featuring their favorite characters like Calliou, Diego and Spiderman. This helped them to match shapes, colors, numbers and other objects with each other. And finally for some relaxing down time, we had a couple favored movies from Disney to watch on DVD when it was close to sleep time.
All in all, the boys did much better than I thought they would. With a few trips out of the car to run around in a rest area, they didn’t complain too much. All I can say is I was extremely grateful for the air conditioning in the car or they would have been too miserable to play with any of their games and toys at all. We look forward to our next trip now knowing that we can survive the long ride again.