We're taking a long trip in a couple of weeks with our 26 month old son and I'm looking for suggestions for fun things to do. I'd especially like suggestions for a bag of goodies to pop out as surprises to keep him relatively happy throughout the journey (8 hours one day, 3 the next). Thanks in advance!
The last trip we took I bought dd a couple of Ultimate Sticker books. There are a lot of different ones- Dinosaurs, Birds, Reptiles, etc. - and I like them because I usually learn something from them too and don't get so bored. The books are set up so you can match each sticker with an outline somewhere in the book, and a few sentences of information about the dinosaur or whatever it is.
Also, she really liked hearing stories about herself over and over and over again - that gets a little boring but keeps her happy. Good luck with your trip!
I have taken many trips w/ my dd. I bring a bag of little toys like blocks and animals and stuff for her, lots of books to look at, if you had an aquadoodle or something like that..magnadoodles are good, and we sing alot.
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A lot of people also like beeswax for this age, although I haven't tried it. Lacing cards, maybe. I'd put together a new photo album -- DS loves to look at photos of himself and family and friends.
I just received an "I spy bag" from a swap. It is amazing!! Every one of my kids LOVE it! My 3yo has spent about 3 hours with it today, around the house, running errands, to the library, waiting for daddy at work etc.
Another vote for a Magnadoodle, books on tape/cd, books with lift the flaps, a cd with sing-songs that you can do hand motions with. Plus, sit in the back WITH your toddler so they have companionship and aren't sitting back there alone.
Originally Posted by jlpolzin
If you're not anti-TV, then a portable DVD is an option.
You can get great dvd's at your local library for free. When we took our trip, ds played quietly for an hour with some trucks, listened to some music for about 15 minutes but before we even hit 2 hours we had to pull out the dvd player because he was really complaining. He watched about 2 hours of dvds, not ideal and nothing that we would EVER do at home, but you gotta do what you gotta do on a road trip, kwim.