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We are moving from Idaho to Maine which is 3000 miles and 5 days away! I need suggestions on keeping them entertained and occupied while in the car for 10hrs a day!<br><br>
We plan on bringing thier bikes for rest stops and I know we need games, music, books ect but I just dont know which ones will work best.<br><br>
Any suggestions?????
 

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find some shopping malls to stop at along the drive. good for little kids' play areas and walking around and such.<br><br>
in the car, are you open to doing a portable dvd player and kids dvds? i saw a couple of pretty good deals at costco and fred meyer... (like, less than $150) and you could probably even do them with head phones so it doesn't drive you and dadd crazy... and kids usually love headphones.<br><br>
good luck with the move! maine is gorgeous! and someday when the kids are older, you can take them to acadia national park and hike up katahdin and be the first in the u.s. to see the sun rise for the day!<br><br>
~claudia
 

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Are you on a super-tight schedule, or will/would it be possible to take an extra day here and there? Rest days, where you just check into the hotel for two nights instead of one...<br><br>
Be good for the parental units, too! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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We are on a tight schedual/buget so we need to make it enjoyable while we do it as fast as possible! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
We really need ideas for fun games, books, cds ect. We wont have a tv with us so that idea is out. We plan on getting a few Tom Chapin cds but thats all I have so far.<br><br>
I need ideas!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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We have one car toy that my two and four year old love to death. It is often the only toy we bring along in the car (besides coloring books, crayons, paper and pencils).<br><br>
This is the toy that keeps our kids engaged for literally hours on the road:<br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FLearning-Block-Books-Numbers-Animals%2Fdp%2FB0006LA4VS" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Learning-Block.../dp/B0006LA4VS</a><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">big box of block books is an ideal toy and learning tool for very young children. An appealing and colorful cardboard carrying case (with flip-top construction and cheery red string handles) is packed with 26 extra-sturdy little board books that teach kids about colors, numbers, shapes, and animals. Each 8-page book focuses on one concept or theme--"Orange," "Four," "Circle," "Bugs," etc.--with a word or two on each spread, along with a simple illustration. The chunky books are just the right size for tiny hands; readers can stack them up to build a tower--or a foundation for learning!</td>
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Our kids are bilingual, so we also play by having them say the words on the books in both languages (actually 3, since they are sort of learning Spanish at preschool).<br><br>
Have a great trip!
 

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Toys, books and the such they they don't know about that you can pull out when they start getting restless.<br><br>
Worked really well for us. The first day the kids where too enthralled with moving to mind the long drive. The second day they where tired of the driving.<br><br>
Also stopping at a rest stop and letting the kids run for an hour or two works wonders.
 

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Oh, another idea that I just remembered. We sometimes take the kids to the local thrift store and let them pick out toys. We have to clean them, of course, but then I always sort of figure, if they get bored of the toys or we lose them, no big deal since we only pay .50 each for them.<br><br>
It's a way to give the kids something 'new' for very little money. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Maybe you could stop at local thrift stores along your route. That sounds like fun, even without the toys!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I was going to post this same post. We're moving from Washington to Alaska and the drive is about 3500 miles. We will be taking a ferry for about 500 of those miles, though. Our kids will be 1 and 3.<br><br>
Here's what we plan on doing: We're taking 2 weeks to do it. We're camping most of the time to save money, and we plan on maybe only driving max 5 hours a day. Maybe less some days. We're also taking a 3 day break in the middle of the drive, visiting a good friend of mine in Skagway, AK.<br><br>
We did buy a portable DVD player for cheap. We'll play nature shows about dolphins and elephants and maybe a cartoon or two. Though the 1 yo doesn't care about that, the 2 1/2 yo. loves it. Also lots of music, and we're going to get some surprises for them and maybe every day or two pull out some surprises like fuzzy balls, cool ribbons, little wind up toys, etc. Pacis also keep both of my kids happy for a while. So do snacks, straw cups, and nursery rhymes, singing, hand games.<br><br>
I know we're going to have to stop a lot! It's going to be a long trip but should be OK as long as the weather isn't horrible!<br><br>
GL to you!
 

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If they were older, there are alphabet games and stuff...As it is, depending on the area (and the road) you could engage them in looking for horses, cows, red cars, blue cars, etc.
 
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