Road Trips with Toddlers

We’re heading to Massachusetts next week so we’ll be in the car for several hours.  I’ve rounded up some ideas for entertaining my toddler that are affordable and quick to create…

  • Snack Necklace: This will keep Olivia occupied and cover a snack at the same time.  We’ll also have a variety of hearty snacks to keep her satisfied.  (by Design Improvised)
  • Cookie Sheet Fun: The cookie sheet can provide a flat surface for eating, coloring, puzzles, magnets, Wiki Stix, Play Doh molds, etc… You can place magnets on the back of items to hold them in place (puzzle pieces).  (by Playdate Crashers)
  • No Mess Paint in a Bag: Place paint in a large Ziplock bag and tape the bag down to the cookie sheet.  They’ll use their fingers to move the paint around in the bag creating different pictures.  I’ve done this before at home and it was a hit! (by Hippie Housewife)
  • I Spy Bottle: Place small items in a clear plastic bottle, filled with uncooked rice or sand.  You could have a list of different items that are in the bottle and tell them to look for it, or take pictures of each item and they search.  (by Apartment Therapy)
  • Calm Down Jars: Fill a clear bottle with water and glitter glue and the kids can shake it around.  (by the Realistic Mama)
  • Busy Wallet: Use an old wallet and fill with cards that you’ll never use.  I know Olivia will love this since she’s always getting into my wallet.  (by While he was Napping)
  • Busy Bags: Fill small bags with different activities or various small toys.  A favorite is having them place felt squares on the bendy straws. You can break the bags out along the trip. (by True Agape)
  • Deck of Cards:  Give them a deck of cards that you don’t plan on using and they can have fun shuffling the cards, bending them, and most likely, throwing them around… (by the Realistic Mama)
  • IPad: follow the link for a selection of toddler apps that you can download on your IPad. (by Moms Without Answers)
  • Audio Books Podcasts: follow the link for some great audio books podcasts. (by Picklebums)

If you have any other ideas, please share!