Traveling Tips For Kids

Normally, we travel a lot for the holidays. We drive to Iowa and spend Thanksgiving and Christmas with grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins! It is always the best! Over the years, I’ve come to enjoy the long drives but when I was younger, I just thought they were boring. πŸ˜› (I’m guessing that there are very few little kids who enjoy spending hours sitting in the car.)

With the holidays coming up, here are some fun ideas to keep kids happy during the extended driving time! πŸ™‚

#1 – Audios

This is a lifesaver in our car, people. It’s amazing how fast everyone calms down as soon as we play an audio! Some great audio drams that I’ve come to enjoy are:

  • AIO. I LOOOVE Adventures in Odyssey so much! πŸ˜› I’ve listened to it since I was, like eight. Even though I’ve heard the episodes a million times already, it’s always fun to go back and listen to them again! (BUT THEY’RE ABOUT TO RELEASE A NEW ALBUM!) Right now, we have the AIO Club membership which let’s us have access to all the episodes. Before we had that, we would listen here.
  • Keys For Kids Radio. We discovered this somewhere in 2013, I believe. It has several fun kids programs that you can listen to on demand. They air The Pond, Red Rock Mysteries, Down Gilead Lane, Paws and Tales, Kids Corner, We ids and Karen & Kids. Each Saturday they give out a new episode. πŸ™‚
  • Lamplighter Theatre.Β I love these audios!! They’re audio versions of old books and they’re so much fun! We own several of them. πŸ™‚
  • Radio Theatre.Β It depends on the audio, but generally, I enjoy Radio Theatre. πŸ™‚ Some of my favorites by them areΒ The Legend of Squanto, The Magicians Nephew, The Last Battle,Β (all of the Narnia audios, actually!),Β Les Miserables,Β At The Back Of The North Wind, Bonhoeffer (THAT WAS SO SAD), Anne of Green Gables and Silas Marner.

#2 – Snacks

Food has amazing powers. πŸ˜‰ Giving snacks as rewards for good behavior is a great idea! (Like, if the kid behaves well for 30 minutes, he can have such and such treat.) And hungry kids are often GRUMPY kids.

#3 – “Scavenger Hunts”

Jehosheba used to write down lists of things for Nahum & Baruch to find (as we drove past them) and then she’d give them a time limit and if they found all the things on her list, she’d give them a prize! It was fun and it kept the boys occupied for a while. An example of the list is:

  • Spot five flying birds
  • Find ten signs with the letter P
  • Find the letters of the alphabet on license plates
  • Spot ten trees
  • Find the shape of a flying pig in the clouds
  • Find a bug

#4 – Books

Ah books! My dear pals. πŸ™‚ Little kids who can’t read yet can always look at picture books. New readers can enjoy easier books (when I was little, I loved the Little Jewel books and would always take them on trips). And of course older kids can read harder books. πŸ™‚ (Like, say, Les Miserables. :P)

#5 – Toys

Have kids pack their own toys! It can entertain them for a while. And giving them a surprise bag of toys can extend the fun for a while! πŸ™‚

~Hattush

35 thoughts on “Traveling Tips For Kids

  1. When I was little, I loved road trips and was mostly occupied by memorizing and quizzing state capitals as well as watching A Bug’s Life and reading books 😁 Love the scavenger hunt suggestion!

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  2. Thanks for the tips! While we don’t travel often, we do take some day trips where the ride is a little hard for the younger ones. Especially if the destination is super exciting. And listening to AIO is a tradition with us! Lol. And books . . . books are a great resource for road trips. Well, unless reading in the car makes you sick (like it does with a couple of my sibs). And playing I Spy is fun too. Unless you drive by the thing that you were spying . . .

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      1. I really love The Green Ring Conspiracy episodes! They’re a family favorite! πŸ˜‰ But I tend to lean more towards the mystery ones. (claps) Though just in general, I like ’em all. What are your favorites?

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  3. Great ideas! We have on the Back of the North Wind and a lot of AIO audios also! My daughter listens to the podcasts almost every day.
    The scavenger hunt sounds great! We used to do the letters on signs and also to see how many states we could find on license plates. I think the states were harder.

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    1. Thanks!
      That’s so cool! I haven’t listened to a lot of the podcasts, but I enjoyed the ones that I heard. πŸ™‚
      Oooh that’s a fun idea! I should have my brothers try it when they’re “dying of boredom”. πŸ™‚

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  4. Awesome post, Hattush! And we thought we were the only ones who listened to Kid’s Corner!!! XD (Not really, but you guys are the only ones we know who listen to it, that we know of! XD) Do you listen to it from the actual website, or from the Keys for Kids website? Cause the Keys for Kids website only has one on a week, but on the actual website, you can see them all. πŸ™‚ Which episode is your favorite? And who’s your fav character? ;P
    I love listening to every single one of the audios you listed! I LOVE Radio Theatre and Lamplighter! Have you heard G.A. Henty audio dramas? How about Your Story Hour?
    Which is your favorite Red Rock?
    Wow, that was a lot of questions, lol! LOVE YOU! ❀

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    1. *shocked gasp* WAIT. YOU LISTEN TOO?!! THAT IS SO COOL, ROSY! I don’t know anyone else who does!
      We’ve always listened to them from the Keys for Kids website. WHAT???!!!!!!!!!!! I didn’t know they had an actual website! *runs over to check it out* You, my girl, have enlightened me and I am forever grateful! (Sorry, me is weird today….XD)
      Hmmm. I really like the Down Gilead Lane episodes…..those are always fun. And as for favorite characters out of all of them??? I just love Floyde (from the Pond). He is soooo cute and reminds me of my littler brother. XD What about you??
      YYYYEEEES! I’ve listened to a few of the GA Henty audio dramas!!! I enjoyed them a lot!! Hmm. I don’t think we’ve listned to Your Story Hour, but the name sounds really familiar.
      Ooh. Hard one. I like the one about….what’s it called? Well, the one about the boy with cancer who goes on that bike ride. That was soooooo sad! *cries*
      Lol. I love random questions. XD AND I LOVE YOU MORE! ❀

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      1. UGH, I wrote a long comment, but it got deleted. *cries* XD
        YESS, we do!!!! And we love them!!! How long has your family listened to Keys for Kids stuff?
        Yay, so happy you know know about it. XD It’s much funner if you can actually pick which one you listen too, lol! What’s your favorite Kids Corner, and who’s your fav character from it?
        Favorte characters… I love Bryce from Red Rock. And Luke from Down Giliad!
        YAY, i LOVE G.A. Hentys!!!
        Ooohhh, YES, that one is SO good and saaadddd…. *cries* (It’s called Grave Shadows) πŸ˜‰
        I hope you’re having a GREAT day!!! πŸ˜€ ❀ ❀ ❀

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      2. UGH, I wrote a long comment, but it got deleted. *cries* XD
        YESS, we do!!!! And we love them!!! How long has your family listened to Keys for Kids stuff?
        Yay, so happy you know know about it. XD It’s much funner if you can actually pick which one you listen too, lol! What’s your favorite Kids Corner, and who’s your fav character from it?
        Favorte characters… I love Bryce from Red Rock. And Luke from Down Giliad!
        YAY, i LOVE G.A. Hentys!!!
        Ooohhh, YES, that one is SO good and saaadddd…. *cries* (It’s called Grave Shadows) πŸ˜‰
        I hope you’re having a GREAT day!!! πŸ˜€ ❀ ❀ ❀

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        1. NOOO! *weeps over the loss of the comment* That’s so sad when that happens….
          Oh man, let me think….I think we’ve listened to them for over…..well, since I was seven or eight! :0
          Yeah! Thanks for telling me!!
          Hmm. I’m not sure! XD What’s yours? My favorite character is probably the grandpa. XD
          Ooh yeeees! Those are good characters! You know, I wish they had books for Down Gilead Lane….they have a whole long series of books for Red Rock Mysteries, though. That was really fun to read! I think there were fourteen or fifteen books total. πŸ™‚ And the mysteries were pretty good. πŸ™‚

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          1. Yeah, I know, it’s SO sad… 😦 XD

            Yeah, we’ve listened to them over and over too. XD (Since like, forever!) XD
            my favorite character is probably Morrie. He’s so funny, lol!
            YESSS, that would be SO awesome if the had DGL books!!! And my sisters and I want the Red Rock books SO bad, lol! yeah, there are 15. πŸ™‚ Hopefully someday! Are the first few books a lot different than the audio dramas?

            What’s your favorite Lamplighter drama? πŸ™‚

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            1. Yeah!
              Uh, the first five books are the same as the audio dramas (almost word for word) but the rest of the books are completely new mysteries. LOVED THEM!

              Hmm. Well, I really liked Charlies Choice. And The Basket of Flowers. What about you?

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              1. Wow, that’s cool! They sound so fun!! (Does Sam ever become a Christian?) XD

                Cool, I love those too! My favorites are probably the White Gypsy (Cries) and maybe Frozen Fire (Cries again because Tom) and the Haunted Room. πŸ™‚

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                1. Do you want me to spoil it for you?? (I will say, though, that they had a TERRIBLE ending to the series! *cries* I was so sad….)
                  OOH YEAH! I forgot about the White Gypsy. That’s a great one! Aww, yeah,I love all of those!! We JUST recently listened to Frozen Fire and the Haunted Room. My mom bought them our road trip (when we came to visit TN to look at houses XD)

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          1. Me too! I wrote a story for that once when I was younger, but it didn’t get selected… 😦 I’m almost finished with another one tho! And they just started a teen devational called Unlocked, and I submitted something for that a few days ago! πŸ™‚ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€

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