5 tips for Christmas holiday travel – with KIDS
Christmas Holiday Travel with KIDS
How to manage the trip and still have fun! Tips, hints and hacks for whole family holiday travel.
Over the river and through the woods….to Grandmother’s house we go…
It is that time of year when we all head home for the holidays. Be prepared for that road trip! Kids love to be busy and they love to make things for OTHERS! Keep them busily making Christmas gifts!
Tips for Christmas Holiday Travel – Open Me When…… Envelopes
What a sweet gift idea for Grandma or Aunt or anyone. I’d love one!
You need: Envelopes, paper, and a creative kiddo! Each envelope is labeled with things like:
When you miss me…
On a Tuesday…
When you need a hug…
Before you eat icecream…
Inside each envelope have them draw a photo or write a poem or a letter. This will be a cherished gift!
Thanks to dadmumbaby for this wonderfully sweet idea.
Tips for Christmas Holiday Travel -Happy Chicklets
Even a young kiddo can love this gift idea! You need markers and a package of white gum squares. What a great gift! Thanks to the clever Andrea at Love is for the wonderful idea.
Tips for Christmas Holiday Travel -I love you because book…
Oh, I love this so much. 🙂 You can put them together before you leave and have kiddos work hard on them while you are on the road. You can make one for Dad, Grandma…Sister…go ahead and have them make one for you!
Just take a few pieces of paper …any size….any color…and write as you see in the photo. The child lifts up the and draws a photo to match the word. Pre-writers can dictate or older siblings can help. You will LOVE the sweetness when they are done.
Not sure how to put this together? Check out the great tutorial from Wayward Girls Crafts will be a treasured forever gift. All you need for wrapping is an envelope!
Tips for Christmas Holiday Travel -Picasso Kiddo
Create these black and white photos on your own computer. Don’t know how? Just go to edit and play with it until it seems ‘right’. (It’s Picasso, remember? He put 3 noses on people…so don’t worry about it being wrong.) Print and put in the bag of goodies for the road along with some markers and a $store frame.
Have kiddo color all or part of the photo. Place in frame and voila! Great gift for cousin, aunt or friend. Thank you parents.com for this lovely idea!
Tips for Christmas Holiday Travel -Book on CD
I love to read to the kids, but can’t in the car. Always makes me feel less than wonderful. A book on CD is the perfect solution! Choose an old favorite or a new one …Harry Potter, Charlotte’s Web, Where the Red Fern Grows…. Be really creative and follow the book with the movie! Talk about the differences and similarities.
Buy on Amazon or borrow from your local library. Cracker Barrel has a great program where you buy a book, listen to it, and return it at the next Cracker Barrel (Minus a small weekly fee)!
Take a look at these wonderful read aloud – or listen to book suggestions for the road trip. If kids are a little older ask them to read a chapter or two.
The Percy Jackson series was our first on Audio book and it was amazing!!
How about the Lord of the Rings Trilogy? Comparing books and movies is always a great way to keep the brains in gear over the holiday!Do you remember this one from your younger days? Kids these days haven’t even heard of it!! What a shame – such love in this book.
This book is amazing for all ages. Add a little magic to your road trip this holiday!
Little kids convinced they are too big for stories? Keep everyone on the edge of their seat with this fantastic tale of survival. Boys especially enjoy this one.
Another classic tale written beautifully by Lois Lowry (who also invented the genre that has taken young adults by storm – Dystopic, with her award winning book – The Giver) which everyone will enjoy.
When you choose an audio book for your journey…be sure to get one for the road trip back home, too!
Happy Wintery Travels,
Natalie, The Educational Tourist