The constant question of “Are We There Yet?” from your restless kids in the back-car seats can create an extremely gruelling frustration for even the most patient parents.
As parents, you may look forward to the exciting and beautiful coastal destination at the end of the long car ride but conquering the building boredom of your whining children is a huge setback you must tackle first.
Creating a fun and optimistic atmosphere in the car for your kids is much more achievable than you think. It only requires a few low-budget and easy to set up activities. Warning: some of these activities are dangerously enticing and parents may find themselves joining in on some of the fun too.
1. Play Games
Aside from the usual I Spy or Spot The Car, there are other fun games you can incorporate into your eight-hour car trip. For example, Road Trip Bingo provides an original twist on bingo that makes it a thrilling game!
You can create your own bingo card to print out or use ones that are pre-made online that are ready to be printed. Make common signs, wildlife and landmarks an interactive and potentially highly competitive game.
2. Listen to a New and Adventurous Audiobook
Sail on the violent waves of the Indiana Ocean in a pirate ship, dance on the polished marbled floors of Prince Charming’s ballroom or go on a safari ride in the depths of the jungle surrounded by swinging monkeys.
Download audiobooks with a new or classic storyline to stimulate the imagination of your kids. Audiobooks are excellent for keeping your kids on the edge of their car seats in total silence. There is an unlimited possibility of stories to listen to.
3. Download Educational Screen-time
If you don’t want your children pointlessly staring at a screen playing addictive screen games for hours on end, then download an educational-based game to keep them entertained while exercising their brains. Matific Galaxy is an excellent option for kids in primary school, as it employs genuine gamification.
Gamification, which encapsulates the high level of engagement gamers experience, can transform the space of your car into an exhilarating learning environment.
Cease the amplified complaining of your kids and transform it into a melodic singing by creating a playlist of your kids’ favourite songs to blast in the car. Compile your kids most loved Disney, pop and jazz tunes as an alternative to the old-school, outdated songs of the ‘Wheels on the bus’.
Become your kids’ favourite DJ by playing Zayn Malik’s version of Aladdin’s ‘A Whole New World’ or Taylor Swift’s colourful ‘ME!’. These tunes will be so catchy that you will find yourself joining in… Go the extra mile and bring toy microphones for your kids to create the full-concert experience.
Compile your kids most loved Disney, pop and jazz tunes as an alternative to the old-school, outdated songs of the ‘Wheels on the bus’. Become your kids’ favourite DJ by playing Zayn Malik’s version of Aladdin’s ‘A Whole New World’ or Taylor Swift’s colourful ‘ME!’. These tunes will be so catchy that you will find yourself joining in… Go the extra mile and bring toy microphones for your kids to create the full-concert experience.
5. Bring Some Munchies
No one knows their kids’ tastebuds like parents do. Pack a chiller bag or lunch box with an abundance of snacks that your child will enjoy for a long car ride. Create a balanced variety of snacks to ensure your child does not get a sugar high!
Mix healthy fruit and sandwiches with some savoury biscuits. Maybe pop in a chocolate or two in the mix. Get creative and cut colourful vegetables out in funky shapes that make it fun for the kids to eat.
For more information, please visit the Matific Galaxy website: https://www.matific.com/au/en-au/galaxy/