Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Boredom Fighters

 This week, I have been packing for our big trip. Every other year, we drive from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Oakley, Kansas for a family reunion. It is two days in the car with a 6-year-old. So, I am arming myself with all the boredom fighters at my disposal.



1. DVD Player with a wide selection of discs for quiet viewing pleasure.

2. Activity and reading books to reinforce concepts we learned this school year.

3. Blank paper in a notebook. Containment in the car is key.

4. Colored pencils in a box for drawing and writing (again with the containment). Pencils are the best because crayons melt and markers are messy also.

5. Binder is a back seat toy box and a place to press on for those masterpieces.

6. Child-proof camera for capturing the vacation from your child's point of view. The one we have has games on it too.

7. Wallet contains earned allowance to spend on souvenirs.

8. Stuffed animals for imaginative play.

9. Age appropriate music on MP3 player.

10. Snacks and juice for those between-stop munchies.

I think I have it all covered. Wish us luck:-)

Use this Kmart coupon code and possibly save on all these boredom busting products.

17 comments:

mommytoalot said...

Lots of fun things. Have fun..and good luck!

Nikki said...

I love your boredom basket. In fact it's a great idea to implement during the summer when someone is looking for something to do. Thanks for sharing.

The Real Me! said...

I wish my parents would have had this forethought when we drove to Maine from Florida EVERY SINGLE summer for 10 years!
We didn't do ANYTHING! BORING!
It looks like you pretty well got it covered! Have a safe trip.
Kim

blueviolet said...

I'm impressed at how armed you are with entertainment. Great job!

Braley Mama said...

Good luck and have fun!!!!You seem to be covered!

Candi said...

Awesome list! I'll have to remember these when we head to Disney World later this year. By the way, you should link this to Top Ten Tuesday at Oh Amanda.

Eos Mom said...

Great list! You've given me several ideas for our August road trip.:-) And that Austin doll is so cute!

shopannies said...

love your idea and the fact that you are prepared

Hippie Family... said...

cute ideas! I am sure to swipe some! I love the Camera!!

My neighbor and I were talking about the same things, they are going on a vacation with a 9 and 11 year old and she packed up a few things from the store and planned to give them out every few hours, wrapped up DVD's, coloring books, added MP3 books from the library on the mp3 players, etc. I of course don't need to have the wrapped aspect with a 2 year old but I am thinking I need a lap board for activites/coloring. Do you have a suggestion? Are you using one?

oh amanda {impress your kids} said...

Great list! It's all about being prepared.

Thanks for linking up with me today at Top Ten {Tuesday}! :)

a

Amy said...

I would say you do have it all covered and you are ready to go.. Have fun and be safe..

Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet said...

What a great idea! :D We usually had books on tape for trips. Now kids watch dvds, read, play games. :D

The Blonde Duck said...

Is it sad I have crayons in my purse for my husband?

Melissa B. said...

You know, my kids are older, but we still have to prepare for long drives like this. Have fun and safe travels!

EmmaP said...

looks like you're set! have a blast!!!

Jenna @ Newlyweds said...

Looks like your ready to go, have a great time!

Mama Mair said...

Do you know the quiet game?
My parents used to get the three siblings to play it.
We would drive from Toronto, Ontario, Canada to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina - I think it was an 18 hour drive. My parents were too cheap to go to Florida and there was not way the thrifty bunch were going to fly down south. No way.
We drove down (and back up) yearly for 10 years.
Here is the rule:
Who can NOT talk the longest?
It lasted for hours.

It's sort of mean but it gets to be fun.
Enjoy the trip!


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