Do you drive the minivan with the DVD player or without? If you're taking a car trip this summer and constantly telling your kids to "watch the corn grow" or seriously limit road screen time like you do at home, check out these great resources to get those car trip kids engaged and happy. Preparing a bag of tricks ahead of time beats having them stare blankly at SpongeBob for hours.
Foil Art and Cooties Moms MiniVan offers a host of fantastic ideas when the road-going gets rough. Foil Art easily kills a hundred miles for any princess or prince. Then fold together and decorate Cootie Catchers for an instant seventh-grade flashback – pick a color, pick a number, he loves me, he loves me not.
License Plate Hunt
Print out this license plate map and pass out the crayons. Kids love spotting license plates on the road. If you're missing obscure states, head to Disneyworld and forage the parking lot. You may finally learn those state and capitals, too.
Arts and Crafts
Color Wonder brand markers, coloring books and sheets are a magical road trip invention. Our family loves passing around a Color Wonder blank sheet, taking turns adding our artistic inspiration to the picture. Artistic gender differences are priceless.
Drive Smarter, Make Your Car Last LongerYou probably don't realize just how much wear and tear you put on your car between going back and forth to work, shuttling the kids around, never mind if you take a road trip. Who can afford a new car every couple of years? So how can you keep your car on the road longer? JD asked an expert!
How to Make a PVC Pipe Car Garage with Jessie JaneAre you always tripping on your kid's toy cars left out on the floor? Jessie Jane has the solution that will make tidying up fun for children. Jessie shows how to create a DIY Toy Car garage using either toilet paper rolls or PVC pipes. Each parked car has its own compartment that's not under your feet!
Traveling With Kids During the HolidaysTraveling with kids can pose extra challenges, from getting through the security line at airports with a stroller to enduring long car rides. Parenticity's Dawn Siff has some tips to make the trip fun and easy for parents and kids alike.