Here are some of the great ideas I found and used:
I was a little stumped for the twins that are 19 months old. I didn't have too much time to prepare something, so I just made them each a small bin of baby toys. I also brought along their blankies, and the ipads were a HUGE lifesaver with them; those seemed to entertain them for quite some time.
For the 4 bigger kids (ages 3,5,7, and 10), I used my friend Christy's idea of filling a backpack with new activities and treats for the kids.
Here are some of the things I included in their backpacks:
- Sticky Mosaics
- Box of crayons
- Small, blank notebooks
- Mad Libs
- Book to read
- Comic book
- Amazing Marker book
- Coloring books
- Small activity books (with crosswords, word finds, color by number, etc.)
- Dover sticker books
- Wipe-Off books
- Fruit snacks & Fruit by the Foot
- Tube of M&Ms
- Package of large Smarties
- Ring Pops
I also put these wonderful printables from Living Life Intentionally in each of their bags. I laminated them and included in each pack a dry-erase marker and a small pack of kleenex.
We also incorporated 2 other things into our road trip that I found on Pinterest - Car Bucks and "Road Trip" Countdown.
The "Road Trip" Countdown was a visual for the kids to see how far we had traveled and how far we had left to go. At each of our stops (which was quite a few traveling with 8 people), we wrote down our location and the time and then pinned it up on our line.
The kids were really well-behaved on the trip and handled the long car ride nicely. They loved the backpacks and were so excited when they opened them as we started our trip. Daddy said that next time he wants his own backpack!
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