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21 Ways To Keep Your Kids From Going Crazy On Roadtrip

Make your summer roadtrip a fun and eventful rite of passage instead of an "OMG please rescue me!" rite of passage.

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1. Take Lego Building on the Road!

Make your own! Here are 8 great DIY kits LEGO kits you can make.

2. Keep Them Busy With Fun Pencil Games

Print off this of fun roadtrip activity book or these free printable games.
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Print off this of fun roadtrip activity book or these free printable games.

3. Make Shaking Bottles

It's like I Spy in a bottle. Make a few to break out during the trip. Tutorial to make your own here.
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It's like I Spy in a bottle. Make a few to break out during the trip. Tutorial to make your own here.

4. Tablet Time

Let's not pretend that screen time doesn't happen on roadtrips. It totally does. Choose a few kid friendly apps or a kids only streaming service like Kidoodle.TV or for younger kids think of investing in a kids only tablet.
Kidoodle.TV / Via kidoodle.tv

Let's not pretend that screen time doesn't happen on roadtrips. It totally does. Choose a few kid friendly apps or a kids only streaming service like Kidoodle.TV or for younger kids think of investing in a kids only tablet.

5. Make The Journey Part of the Fun

Instead of trying to get from Point A to Point B as quickly as possible, look for fun places to stop along the way. Great tips for finding places to stop (and have a fun trip) here.
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Instead of trying to get from Point A to Point B as quickly as possible, look for fun places to stop along the way. Great tips for finding places to stop (and have a fun trip) here.

6. Encourage Kids to Look Outside With An Eye Spy List

It's amazing how much more fun looking at the window is when you have a LIST of things you are looking for (and you can beat your sister).
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It's amazing how much more fun looking at the window is when you have a LIST of things you are looking for (and you can beat your sister).

7. Read Out Loud

Who needs an audiobook? All you need is at least one person in the car who can read without getting carsick. Picking the right person is vitally important, though, so choose wisely. Check out more ideas for more fun and easy games.
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Who needs an audiobook? All you need is at least one person in the car who can read without getting carsick. Picking the right person is vitally important, though, so choose wisely. Check out more ideas for more fun and easy games.

8. Do A Few Travel Math Games

It's amazing how many numbers you pass in just a few miles on the highway. Try a few math games for lots of fun and a little learning.
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It's amazing how many numbers you pass in just a few miles on the highway. Try a few math games for lots of fun and a little learning.

9. Make Each Child A Travel Bag

Once everyone is buckled in, hand each child a travel bag. Full of activities and snacks, it will keep them quiet for a bit until you are all settled into your roadtrip. Not sure what to include? Great ideas here.
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Once everyone is buckled in, hand each child a travel bag. Full of activities and snacks, it will keep them quiet for a bit until you are all settled into your roadtrip. Not sure what to include? Great ideas here.

10. Do a Little Science Experiment

Science experiments are FUN. Make a hypothesis, gather your data and then see if you were right....all from the car. Read all about this fun experiment and print out a free data sheet.
Will Folsum / Via idealistmom.com

Science experiments are FUN. Make a hypothesis, gather your data and then see if you were right....all from the car. Read all about this fun experiment and print out a free data sheet.

11. Beading!

Sorting and stringing wooden beads can keep a preschooler happy for hours.
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Sorting and stringing wooden beads can keep a preschooler happy for hours.

12. Make a Road Trip Emergency Kit

Everything you need under a pop top. Tutorial here.
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Everything you need under a pop top. Tutorial here.

13. Sing Along to Great Music

Great tunes make the miles melt away. Here are some great suggestions for songs the entire family will love.
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Great tunes make the miles melt away. Here are some great suggestions for songs the entire family will love.

14. Make a Portable Travel Desk

Perfect for spelling with magnetic letters and as a desk when drawing. Tutorial here.
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Perfect for spelling with magnetic letters and as a desk when drawing. Tutorial here.

15. Play "Would You Rather"

Printable question cards here.

16. Remember Your Activities!

This simple activity chain is fun and suggests what activity to do next.
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This simple activity chain is fun and suggests what activity to do next.

17. Snacks, snacks and more snacks

Hungry kids are angry kids. Enough said. Banana chocolate chip muffins travel well and the entire family will love them!
Merry / Via merryabouttown.com

Hungry kids are angry kids. Enough said. Banana chocolate chip muffins travel well and the entire family will love them!

18. Make a DIY Felt Board

Tutorial for this great ice cream felt board set here.
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Tutorial for this great ice cream felt board set here.

19. Write Coded Messages to Your Kids

Help your kids make a decoder wheel with this tutorial. Then use it to make coded messages for them to decode during your trip.
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Help your kids make a decoder wheel with this tutorial. Then use it to make coded messages for them to decode during your trip.

20. Sewing Cards

Sewing teaches kids hand eye coordination and will keep them busy on your drive. DIY Tutorial here.
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Sewing teaches kids hand eye coordination and will keep them busy on your drive. DIY Tutorial here.

21. Craft Stick Puzzles

Make toddler approved puzzles with this tutorial. Keep the pieces in snack bags for easy access.
Stacie / Via motherhoodonadime.com

Make toddler approved puzzles with this tutorial. Keep the pieces in snack bags for easy access.

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