TOP Travel Activities for KIDS
TOP Travel Activities for KIDS
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The Educational Tourist has multiple articles on activities to keep the kids busy during travels. Why so many? Because every parent knows – you can never be too prepared with the kids! Have LOTS of ideas in your bag of tricks to make the journey and waiting a painless part of your family adventure!
These are the TOP activities for traveling with your kids! Enjoy the journey without complaining, whining and stress. Be prepared with lots of things for kids to do during the stretches of down time you’ll find as a part of every journey. Those stretches of down time are often unplanned….delayed flights, waiting on the tarmac, trains are missed and so on. Don’t let those moments become any more stressful than they already are! Have stuff to pull out of your bag for the kids.
These activities are also great at strengthening muscles required for fine motor skills. School Sparks says,
“Strong fine motor skills are essential to complete tasks such as writing, cutting, using a fork or spoon, threading beads, moving puzzle pieces, zipping, buttoning, and tying shoe laces. Without well-developed fine motor skills, a child may have difficulty learning to write or performing many of the other critical tasks presented in the preschool and kindergarten classrooms.”
Top Travel Activities for KIDS – Splat monsters
Let creativity run wild and create splat monsters! You’ll need a little prep before you go. Take some paper, fold in 1/2 and squirt some paint in the crease. Press to let the paint spread around. Open and let dry.
This splat monster photo and idea come from the blog Artful Adventures. Take your dry splats and bits and markers, crayons, etc. for embellishment to create your monsters while you travel!
Extend the fun by using the monsters as inspiration for stories! Write stories about your monsters. Which one is scarier? What planet are they from? What do they eat?
Do these remind you of the Rorschach tests you read about in Psychology 101? Me, too! Check out these colorful Rorschach note cards with the designs. Does anyone else think that this is an unusual design choice for notecards? If you aren’t making splat monsters….what are you doing with Rorschach designs on notecards?? Kids could embellish the designs to make splat monsters and then write their stories inside.
Top Travel Activities for KIDS – Pipe Cleaners!
Pipe cleaners, or chenille stems as they are sometimes called, are fun, easy, and lightweight. They are also loved by all ages! When my kids were very small in the car seat, I would take a pipe cleaner and stick it between their toes. They would have fun pulling it out and putting it back in. Use them to practice colors with your preschooler!
An easy toddler activity is poke holes in the lid of an empty coffee can and let toddler put pipe cleaners in the can through the holes.
This is GREAT practice for small hands. Sometimes kids get frustrated with their fine motor skills because large muscle groups like used in running and standing are easier to strengthen and really aren’t kids more apt to run and jump rather than sit and fiddle with small crafts on their own? That is why using the time while you travel – when kids are ALREADY sitting down, to ‘make hay while the sun shines’ and use that time for good! Keep them busy AND build a strong foundation for school. Rock on, parent!!
Pipe Cleaners come in many wonderful colors!
Download this FREE book on how to make pipe cleaner animals from Africa.
Need more pipe cleaner ideas? Check out the compilation of pipe cleaner ideas from all over the web at Fun Family Crafts.
Top Travel Activities for KIDS – Paper chain bracelets
Remember making these with Starburst candy wrappers or gum wrappers? What’s old is new again! Introduce your little girl to the fun of your youth!
Top Travel Activities for KIDS – String Games
Keep those little fingers happily busy with string games. Did you have fun with these when you were kids? My cousins and I were masters of Jacob’s Ladder and the Cat’s Cradle!! I’m afraid that knowledge didn’t stick. I need to refresh my memory in this book!
You can never have too many ideas to keep your kiddos busy while you travel! Make sure YOUR bag of tricks is full!!!
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Happy and quiet travels!
Natalie, The Educational Tourist