For many families, ’tis the season for traveling.
Sometimes it feels like we travel the most in November and December. Besides visiting family and friends, there are a lot of other fall activities we find ourselves driving to.
With six kids, you might think our traveling would be super stressful, and sometimes it can be. Granted, we could let them watch movies on a laptop, but what kind of memories would we be building that way?
In Joshua chapter 4, we find it’s important to build memories for our children. The children of Israel wandered in the wilderness for forty years. That’s a long trip to get to the promised land. Near the end of their journey, Joshua tells twelve men to each grab a stone to build a memorial for their children to look back on and ask questions about. (Joshua 4:4-7)
That’s what we are going to do:
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Here are six of my favorite travel activities that you can use with your children or grandchildren.
1. Bring fun books to read on the trip.
Prone to motion sickness? Then bring an audio book. You can also download this dramatized Audio Bible in different languages and translations. This version really brings the Bible to life, and my children really enjoy listening to it.
2. Take turns telling short stories.
My kids love to take turns telling stories. You may want to set a time limit in case you have a long-winded storyteller.
3. Bring a snack.
Even if you are headed to a big family meal, your kids will be in a better mood if they are not so hungry. I find giving them a light snack before we arrive can help them be a little nicer in greeting family and friends before the food is served.
4. Reenact your family’s favorite movie.
Is there a movie your family has seen so much that you can pretty much quote the whole thing from memory? It’s a lot of fun for each family member to choose a character and go through the movie together. For my family, it’s Veggie Tales. Since they are about a half hour long, whenever our kids ask us how much longer till we get there, we tell them how many Veggie Tales we are away. Then we will quote some of our most memorized ones to pass at least a half hour or so.
5. Sing fun children’s songs.
This has often gotten us through those tired, fussy toddler moments. Grab a hairbrush for a microphone and get the whole family singing together. It’s hard to be grumpy when everyone around you is singing happy songs.
6. Pack a travel bag for each person.
Some things you might include are crayons, coloring books, flashcards, Magna Doodle, picture books, sticker books, and action figures. Keep in mind that if you have toddlers, you will want to pack childproof toys that won’t be a choking hazard while you are driving.
These activities have been approved by my six children, ages three to seventeen.
Can you think of more fun travel activities I might have missed?
We would love for you to share them with us in the comments. We are always looking for new ideas.
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