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Traveling with a Toddler: Tips for Smooth Summer Road Trips with a Toddler

Traveling with a Toddler: Tips for Smooth Summer Road Trips with a Toddler

 

Are you planning for a summer road trip with the family? Traveling with a toddler in a car can be quite challenging and exhausting for everyone. Toddlers get bored so quickly. They demand a lot of attention and they need appealing play solutions along the way. Follow these tips for ensuring a smooth and easy ride when traveling with a toddler.

Keep your Toddler Entertained

Toys can keep kids occupied for a good amount of time during a car trip. Bring a box of toys with you in the car. Try to pick toys you know your toddler will be interested in. If within your budget, surprise him with a new toy that he hasn’t played with before. The more engaging a toy is, the longer your toddler spends time playing with it. Toys like Geo Shapes Lacing, Stacking Rings, and Geometric Shape Boards can keep your toddler engaged and entertained in the car.

Schedule your Travel based on Sleep Times

Traveling with a Toddler: Tips for Smooth Summer Road Trips with a Toddler

Smoothest rides are when babies sleep in the car. Try to take advantage of your toddler’s nap and sleep times by scheduling your trip within those hours. If you are a night person and are fine with driving at night, schedule your car trip when your child goes to sleep. If you prefer to drive in the daytime and your toddler takes daytime naps, plan to leave before the nap time begins. You can use these quiet hours to travel some miles without hearing fussing and whining in the car.

Prepare for Frequent Stops

Plan for frequent stops. Your toddler gets tired of sitting in a car seat for long hours. Make sure you stop the car and take a break at least every two hours or so. Try to stop in a safe rest area, preferably near parks, playgrounds or a place with a play area for children. You can use this time to get food, fill up the tank and change the diaper if needed. Your toddler will be able to walk around, play and release some energy before the next ride begins.

Watch Nursery Rhymes

We are no advocates of digital entertainment for very young children. We know traveling with a toddler in a warm summer day can be quite challenging and sometimes frustrating. If you have a DVD player or a digital media player in the car, playing nursery rhymes can calm your child during the rough fussy hours. Make sure you limit this time to one or two hours for the entire road trip. You want your toddler to be able to play, laugh, communicate and look outside, not staring at a screen for the whole trip.

No Toddler in the Back Seat Alone

When traveling with a toddler, make sure you have someone sitting next to your child in the back seat at all times. An older child, a second parent or another adult companion sitting in the back seat with your toddler can help with keeping your child entertained, playing and communicating with your toddler during the road trip.

Avoid Rush Hours

Lastly, make sure you check the traffic before hitting the road. Rush hours can add unwanted extra travel time to your trip. Schedule your travel time such that you can avoid the rush hour traffic in big cities.

 

Five Ways to Make Chores Fun for Kids
Making chores fun: happy kids helping in the kitchen

Kids simply don’t like to do chores. Whether it’s making the bed, organizing the closet or putting the toys away, making kids complete their chores and do them correctly is always a challenge for most parents. Doing chores help children grow up being responsible persons. Kids usually avoid doing chores for one single reason: they are boring! So how do you make your kids get into habit of doing chores willingly? Check out these five ideas from Learn To Play Toys that help you make chores fun and enjoyable for kids.

Everyone should be Involved

Hold family meetings regularly and invite all the family members to attend. Explain the importance of doing personal and household chores to the family. Give everyone a list of tasks that needs to be done. Kids will perform better when they see the work is divided among the family members and everyone contributes to do something. Doing chores as a family promotes the sense of cooperation in kids from an early age.

Smaller Tasks are Easier to DoKids doing chores around the house

Instead of giving kids general chores, break chores into specific small tasks that are easier for them to understand and finish. For example, instead of asking each child to go and clean their room, define exactly what needs to be done for the room to be cleaned. Step by step instructions give clear directions to kids on what they need to accomplish.

Make it a Game

Make a game out of the chore and let kids compete with each other. Give kids equal tasks and see who can finish their task faster. Give each person points for each completed task. At the end of the day, the child with the highest number of points is announced the winner.

Win a Prize

Incentives are great motivators. It’s totally up to you how you want to play this. You may tell kids whoever completes their chores every day over a period of two weeks will win a prize. The prize could be more TV time, a special privilege or something that fits your budget and the family interest.

Make it a Treasure Hunt

Hide things around the house and ask kids to find them as they clean up. Whoever finds more hiding treasures is the winner of the night! To make this more fun, you can create a map and mark the places where you’re hiding things. Kids can follow the map and go for a treasure hunt as they complete their chores around the house.

Top Ten Fun Family Activities that Bring Kids closer to Parents

In our today’s society, busy work and school schedules make it harder for the families to spend quality time with each other. In the midst of our daily busy lifestyles, it is imperative for parents to make an intentional effort to spend quality time with their children on a regular basis. At Learn To Play Toys, we value the importance of family bonding time, a designated time for fun family activities when kids and parents play and laugh with each other and get to share their personal thoughts and feelings. If you are a parent, you should know that making family time a priority is a must. Here, you will find ten great ideas for families with children to help you strengthen the family bond and bring the family members closer to each other.

Fun Family Activities with Kids

Use these Fun Family Activities as an Opportunity to Talk, Laugh and Play with your Kids

ONE | Create a Family Book with your Kids

Gather pictures, mementos and information about the primary family members. Use a scrapbook; include photos and write about special occasions or memories you had with each family member. As you work on this project as a team, give your kids the freedom to be creative. Remember the book doesn’t have to turn out to be perfect. This is a time for you to bond with your child.

TWO | Cook or Bake Together

This is a great family activity to teach your kids the life skill of cooking. Most kids love to cook and you’ll be surprised to see that those little hands can be actually helpful in the kitchen. Just be patient with the kids and allow them to get messy. Baking a pizza for the dinner could be a good start. It’s easy and kids will love to squeeze, roll and massage the dough.

THREE | Go to a Local Sport Event

This is probably the most favorite of fun family activities among dads and sons. Take your child to your favorite team sport event and watch the game together. Whether it’s a baseball, hockey or a football game and regardless of what’s happening in the field, you and your kids can enjoy the conversation, the laughs and the highs and lows of the game. Watching a live sport event with your kids is always a worthwhile experience. This exciting family activity will help you to create a quality family bonding time and develop a strong parent-child relationship.

FOUR | Build Something with Building Blocks

Playing with Building Blocks is the least messy and the most creative among all the fun family activities for indoors. Building blocks enable children to have fun as they use their creativity to build things based on their own imagination and thoughts. Parent involvement is the key. Do not just sit aside and watch. With the help of your child, come up with a plan of what to build. It could be a house, a tower, a bridge, or a ship. Make sure you are part of the building process.

FIVE | Paint the Kids’ Room

This activity for sure will get the kids excited. They will love the idea of painting their very own space. Paining can get quite messy at times when kids are involved, so get ready for that. The best way to do this is to divide the task. Kids can work on the lower half of the walls and parents can focus on the upper half. Give your kids a sense of achievement once the project is completed.

SIX | Family Board Game

This is the perfect family activity for the rainy days or the night family playtimes. Board games provide you the opportunity to get the kids away from the electronic gadgets and video games and create a channel for parents to communicate and bond with children.

SEVEN | Organize a Family Picnic

Going to a picnic trip with the entire family is a perfect way to strengthen the family bond naturally. The conversations during the meal time and walking and playing in the nature provide opportunities for family to bond. Choose a picnic spot that’s close to a lake, a hiking trail, or a playground to maximize the fun.

EIGHT | Solve Puzzles Together

Doing puzzles with kids provides an opportunity to learn and have fun at the same time. Again as a parent, the goal is to be involved in the play activity with your kids but make sure you are not doing all the work. The best way to do this is to take turns while placing the puzzle pieces together.

NINE | Paint Each Other’s Faces

One of the fun family activities that all kids enjoy is paining each other’s faces. Here the key point is that you are not just painting your kids’ faces; you have to allow them to paint your face too. You don’t have to be a professional make-up artist to do this activity. Do it however you like; allow your kids to be creative and have some fun.

TEN | Sleep Outside in a Tent

Plan a campout in your own backyard with the kids. Start the campout before the sun goes down so you will have some time for outdoor play too. You can play games inside the tent, barbecue, eat food and read stories. You will need sleeping bags and a flash light of course.