Thanks to my friends at Rainboot Media for sponsoring today's discussion. As always, the opinions are my own.
It's holiday travel time and that can put a bit of fear into every parent's life. If you're lucky, your child sleeps in the car on the way to Grandma's house. If your kid was like mine, you'll need a big bag of tricks to survive a trip in the car. Rosie never slept until we hit the exit coming off the highway to our home. We'd be in the car for six hours and she'd fall asleep five minutes from home every single trip. So, we had to have a lot to entertain her in the car. Especially when she was kindergarten and first grade age. Holiday travel was a complete bore to her.
Here are my tips on how to survive holiday travel with kids
Have them get a good night sleep– I know it sounds counter intuitive to have a well rested kid if you'd like them to sleep on the way, but a crabby kid can be unbearable in the car. A little sleep can go a long way.
Figure out great places to stop- Nothing wrecks a trip more than being in the middle of nowhere Kansas with a child that needs to stop for a potty break or snack. Get out that map and figure out the best spots.
Pack snacks– I can't tell you how many trips we ate our way through but it kept our child's blood sugar up and gave her something to do. We love healthy choices.
Have plan for entertainment- We never got into the car without a plan. That meant our kindergartner chose her movies and activities for the trip. For us, a DVD player was a must because there weren't a lot of great apps for kids to play 10 years ago. Now there are tons of great ones out there. One of my favorites for the 6-8 year-olds is One Present Please. It's $2.99 in the iTunes or Google Play Stores. Download it here!
Created by two moms, One Present Please will get your child ready for the holidays and it's perfect for holiday travel because once it's downloaded, you don't need the internet to play. It's an educational game for kids that can't wait until Christmas and just want to open one present. It's well illustrated and adorable (and I have to confess, kids are smarter than me. It took me a little while to find all the hidden gifts).
There are seven custom games so your child will be entertained while they search for 21 items. There is also a read-along version and coloring pages so plan ahead for that. There's also a bonus present at the end. Your child can download Pass a Present where they can send gifts to others. How cool is that?
Rainboot Media plans to launch all kinds of interactive apps, One Present Please is just the start. Join their mailing list now, and you'll get a bonus hidden picture to print. You definitely need to check this out now!