Today, Germaine from over at Kiddo Things is my guest and she will be sharing activities you can play while transporting kids in a car. We all know how very challenging it can be to keep kids entertained on short, never mind long road trips. I think we could all use a little help in this department!
While Germaine is guest posting for me today, you can find ME over at Amy’s Spread A Little Thin sharing my War Story for her weekly meme.
Be sure to head on over there after reading Germaine so you can read and leave me some comment love!
How To Keep Your Kids Occupied In The Car
I’ve witnessed here in Kuala Lumpur (the capital of Malaysia) recently, an appalling trend of kids watching DVDs in the car. I’m not talking about long road trips here. I usually see these cars coming out of malls and would guess that they are heading home after a day at the mall. I don’t think they live several hours away either. My husband and I even spotted a car one night, with 2 TV monitors – one for each kid. We were flabbergasted. I honestly feel that kids can see and learn so many things from a moving car. There are a lot of activities you can do with the kids in the car rather than have them look at a TV monitor. Here, I’d like to share some of the things I do with my kids on short trips to the mall or a friend’s place, or anywhere else that’s usually no longer than 45 minutes in the car.
“Look! A cement mixer!”
1. Teach your child about different vehicles on the road – buses, trucks, lorries, vans, motorbikes.
“Little cabin in the wood, little man by the window stood…..”
2. Sing songs together. Take turns with the kids to each sing a song. Action songs are great!
“Hey, that cloud looks like a big fluffy teddy bear”
3. Look at clouds and let your kids’ imagination tell you what they look like.
“That’s called a condominium”
4. Teach your child about buildings as you pass them – skyscrapers, shophouses, the fire station.
“That’s a yellow taxi”
5. Teach your child about colours. Spot different coloured cars as they pass by. Traffic lights are a great way to start.
“Green means go”
6. Teach your kids about traffic rules. My son has been asking me about what some road signs mean, like the stop sign, the sign with 3 coloured circles and the sign with the curved arrow.
7. Teach your child how to read and recognise letters or words by looking at billboards or signboards. I know ‘Ikea’ is not a word but it was one of the first names my son learnt how to read – that’s from too many trips to that Swedish home furniture heaven.
8. Again, get your kids to read car number plates and learn to recognize alphabets and numbers.
“I spy with my eye….”
9. Play games with the kids. Another game that my son and I invented is what we call the “If you want to” game. We take turns to come up with an “If you want to” sentence like “If you want to read, grab a book” or “If you want to sleep, go to the room”
10. Listen to a book CD. Look at people around – a child wearing a hat, a woman holding an umbrella, a man wearing a certain uniform. Spot birds or aeroplanes in the sky. Make up a story together. All these are better than having them watch Tom and Jerry on a monitor, don’t you think?