Vacations shouldn’t be about hours of mindless video entertainment, they should be about learning

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Respect Realty LLC 200311024

One of the things I hate about vacations is how many people tell me what movies I should bring for the kids to watch on the trip. Movies are great, but I think that there is a much better opportunity to be had while having the kids trapped in a car for 24 hours of driving. It is called education!

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As a home schooling family I am always looking for ways to keep my kids entertained while not turning them into vegetables. One of the ways I can do that is look at the map of where we are going look for places of interest and history on the way and make them stopping and learning points for the kids.

But, in between those stops, I think it is important to keep their minds engaged anyway I can with games, crosswords, word searches anything other than a movie. One of the websites that I have found that helps me keep my kids minds engaged on the trip is This great site not only has lots of free printable items for kids, but most of them keep the kids entertained and their minds active.

So, next time you and your kids are thinking about going on a long trip, maybe put away the DVD player and visit and put a folder together for your kids. In the end, I think they will have more fun and learn something.

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Vickie Nagy
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate - Palm Springs, CA
Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen

Wow! This is a great time for me to discover new parenting abilities. Our first grandchild arrived in April and we want to be involved in vacationing together as we just did this week.

Nov 08, 2010 05:04 AM #1
Glenn Roberts
Retired - Seattle, WA

Excellent link, Todd. Instead of electronic or plastic gifts we've always give your grandson a trip of some kind. Next weekend we're taking the 13 year old to Mt St Helens for some hiking and interpretive center learning. He remembers our trip there about 6 years ago better than any toy someone else may have given him. Fair weather on you travels.

Nov 08, 2010 05:12 AM #2
Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

I like  your proactive stance in feeding the mind!    Too much passive aspects out there!

Nov 08, 2010 05:16 AM #3
William J. Archambault, Jr.
The Real Estate Investment Institute - Houston, TX


Don't forget different state license plates and what do you know about the state, how far from home are they.

Then their's headlights, there is nothing educational about it but it keeps the kids attention looking for one eyed monsters.

Personally I hate slug bugs!

Vacations are for togetherness! Vacations are for learning about each other! There are lessons in what kids think, no matter what their age! I'm still learning about my parents on our vacations together.

In 1970 before I met Brenda, I took my only solo vacation inadvertently I got involved with a group that would dominate my summers, Brenda's summers, Eric's summers and Amy's summers for the next 15 years. Vacations are about togetherness!


Nov 08, 2010 05:48 AM #4
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

I LOVE Slug Bugs, but our family rule is that you have to give them a creative name. You can't just say "Slug Bug Red"  but Slug Bug "Fire engine red" or "Big Apple Red", etc. does nicely! It adds a funny twist to the game as we try to come up with descriptions that out wit the others! The funniest! Slug Bug Betty White in her underwear! (It was a white slug bug with a black "bra".) :O)

Nov 08, 2010 05:56 AM #5
Jim Hale
Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website

So you're touring the Oregon trail.

Looks like you are pioneering on home school, too.


Nov 08, 2010 06:23 AM #6
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Prado Real Estate South - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

I remember traveling with the boys when they were younger and the Alphabet game and a magnetic checker set and then the DVD player with movies...FUN stuff Todd! A little of everything to mix it up!

Nov 08, 2010 07:12 AM #7
Marilyn Harrell
ReMax Riverhaven - Beaverton, MI
Wixom Lake - Beaverton MI

Not planning any travel, but will check out the website! Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

Nov 08, 2010 07:33 AM #8
Michelle Gibson
Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. - Wellington, FL

Todd - We never bring movies on long drives or vacations.  Our family plays a lot of board games, travel games, quiz games, etc.  I'll have to check this website out for some ideas.

Nov 08, 2010 07:58 AM #9
Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

I'm sending that website to my grandkids - they're so into their Ipods. 

Nov 08, 2010 09:30 AM #10
Holly Weatherwax
Associate Broker, Momentum Realty - Reston, VA
A Great Real Estate Experience

My kids are older now, but I was one of those moms who would never spring for the built-in DVD player!  I completely agree...good for you guys for being such great parents!

Nov 08, 2010 09:49 AM #11
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Todd, just the other day I was next to a car and the kids in the backseat were watching a video.  Some of the best conversations I've ever had with my kids were while driving in the car.  How sad that parents don't try to engage in conversation more with their kids.  As a fellow home school parent, I commend you for bucking the system.  Your kids will thank you for it one day.

Nov 08, 2010 02:18 PM #12
Cal Yoder
Keller Williams Elite - Lititz, PA
Homes For Sale in Lancaster PA - 717.413.0744

You are definitely an educator at heart. It is something that is definitely fun - travelling and learning all in one.


Nov 08, 2010 02:45 PM #13
Respect Realty LLC
Respect Realty LLC - Milwaukie, OR
Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate

That site made for hours upon hours of entertainment for our kids. I have to say the license plate find and the object find games seemed to be the most popular of all the games we played while in the car.

Nov 26, 2010 07:18 AM #14
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