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The holidays are over and spring break will be here before we know it. For a lot of people that means road trips. As anyone who has taken road trips with kids knows preparation is the key. Bringing plenty of snacks and plenty of activities will help to keep everyone (especially the parents) happy and sane.
So what about those road trip activities? While we always bring tablets along with us in the car, I always try to bring some non-electronic options as well.
I really like games that get the kids looking out the car windows. My favorite is probably the alphabet game because it can be used so many different ways. Print off several alphabet sheets for each child, then have them try to find every letter using specific rules. For example, one round every letter has to be found on a license plate. For another round the letters have to be found on billboard signs. For younger kids you might let them find letters wherever they can see them. They can either color or cross off the letters as they find them.
Another favorite car game is a scavenger hunt. And I make a version for Littlest that has pictures to help him since he’s not reading yet. You could make a much more complicated checklist of things for older kids to find. (Get the free printable with pictures HERE and get the free printable without pictures HERE.)
Of course I never complain when napping happens in the car.
The sleeping/squatting position happened after we stopped. I didn’t want to wake him up so we opened the doors and let him keep snoozing. Apparently this was more comfortable than sitting normally.
Something else that should be on your pre-road trip to-do list? Getting a check-up for your car.
Now, I readily admit. Sitting in the waiting room to get the oil changed in my car is not one of my favorite things to do. It’s even less fun with a highly-energetic little boy. Which is why I’m so happy to have discovered that I can get it changed at Walmart.
I can drop my car off and then do my grocery shopping all at the same time. Multi-tasking at its finest! When you get your oil changed with Pennzoil (I needed the Conventional Motor Oil for my car) it will allow you to drive an extra 550 miles per year versus a dirty engine. Pennzoil is designed for complete protection and their products help clean out sludge lesser oils leave behind. No other motor oil provides better protection from friction. In fact, Pennzoil also offers a free warranty that covers 15 engine parts that may fail due to engine wear or which experience abnormal wear due to friction. (For more information, check out the Pennzoil Warranty Site.)