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!
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 http://www.momsminivan.com/. 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 http://www.momsminivan.com/ and put a folder together for your kids. In the end, I think they will have more fun and learn something.
Todd Clark and the Friendly Home Team
Todd Clark is a licensed Realtor who specializing in Washington County, Oregon and also works both Clackamas and Multnomah Counties including the cities of Aloha, Beaverton, Canby, Clackamas, Gladstone, Gresham, Happy Valley, Hillsboro, Milwaukie, Oregon City, Sherwood and Tigard.
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