Many families spend hours each day in the car on the way to and from work, school, extracurricular activities and other destinations. For some families, this time spent on the road might be the most you get to see your kids all day. But these few minutes or hours that you spend in the car does not have to be wasted time. If you want to make the most of your time in traffic, look below for some fun and creative ideas to make that happen.
While reading a book might not be the easiest accomplishment, especially from the backseat on a long car ride, playing games and using flashcards or quiz sheets can be a great way to get through rush hour traffic. Stock up on a few flashcard games to keep in your vehicle or try playing a guessing game such as 20 questions as you drive.
During your daily driving routine, ask your kids to tell you about what they are thankful for, something they learned or a story they made up that day. Turn car time into an arena for story telling and you and your kids will get where you are trying to go in what seems like no time at all.
There are a huge number of children’s books on the audio market today, ranging from books from pre-schoolers to young adult literature. No matter what reading comprehension level your child has reached, you can find an audiobook or series that appeals to you. Many current audiobooks are fully featured, with sound effects, music and even dialogue in different voices. As a bonus, moms and dads often enjoy listening to these fun recordings, too.
Next time you find yourself ‘stuck’ in the car with your kids, try out one of these ideas to see what helps make the time pass.