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15/04/2013 at 17:32
Hi ladies, wasn't sure if this was a baby talk topic or not so apologies if this is in the wrong place!We are taking my friend and son (4yrs) on holiday with us next week and my husband is now starting to question whether or not it was his best idea to invite them.
We've no experience of travelling with a child and are desperately looking for ideas of things to buy or games/activities to keep him occupied during the 6+ hour car journey... Also realistically how many breaks do you think we'd need to factor in en-route?
Thank you in advance!
15/04/2013 at 18:10
How far are you going and what sort of place are you staying at? Our 4 year old would probably only need to stop for the loo every couple of hours max. He's pretty good on long journeys and will just chat with us or sing to the radio. We play eye spy and that sort of thing. In terms of things to play with I'd take out door games like balls etc. Maybe a comic and puzzle. Expect your friend will take plenty. 4 is a good age, they're fairly low maintenance and lots of fun
15/04/2013 at 18:12
Oh sorry, just saw its a 6 hour journey! Do you have an iPad or anything he can watch programmes on? Even at 4 I bet he'll sleep a bit on that length of journey
To be honest it would probably be different for different children. My 3 (4next month) yr old. Will watch lots of films or DVDs on a little portable. Play games on the iPad, sleep, eat, play I spy (badly!)
If I was traveling with T I would let him have a late night the night before travel so he was more tired so helped in the car fora while.
If we go to Devon or somewhere quite far, we get to as far as we can, whilst he is asleep, before we stop. 6 hours I reckon 2 breAks would be ok but to be honest you would need to play it by ear.
15/04/2013 at 18:15
Thanks ladies. We are staying at a caravan park in Scarborough (got a caravan each though) His mum is bringing a portable DVD player to occupy him in the car but it's her first holiday too and she doesn't drive so neither has been on a long car journey before.
Is there a particular time of day which would be easier for travelling? We can get there anytime from midday.
15/04/2013 at 18:16
Will his mum not bring things for him? Or are you just making sure he will be occupied in case she doesn't? My 4 year old is a tech addict so an iPad/iPhone with games on is the only thing guaranteed to keep him entertained on a long journey! He has apps and some videos downloaded of his favourite programmes. Failing that - food and/or eye spy!
15/04/2013 at 18:17
G is 4 and she would sleep some of it, "read" a comic or magazine, play ispy, play the car game (spotting colours), sing to songs, play on her kiddizoom camera. She would need to stop twice on a journey that long i would think.
16/04/2013 at 15:08
I have a 4 year old and a 6 year old, but both are used to long car journies. I take a selection of little snacks that I can drip feed to them throughout the journey, song CDs of their choice, and they each pack a little bag of toys/things they want in the car - S will often take a teddy, a few farm animals, a Peppa Pig electronic toy thing, books she can look at by herself. She also loves looking at a proper map book, playing the car game (spotting colours) as MaisieMoo has said, counting to 100, and just having a chat.
We work on a stop every 2 hours.
For a long journey like you are doing, we find it best to get up and go, eat breakfast in the car, stop mid morning and for lunch and then continue, so 3 lots of 2 hour ish drives.
16/04/2013 at 15:12
C is 4 next week (!!!) and would probably sleep for most of the journey, and spend the rest of it asking for something to eat We'd probably cope with just the one stop for lunch or whatever meal time it is during your journey, although 2 stops might be best. I'd have thought your friend would make sure there were plenty of things for her son during the journey, although if you're taking stuff then lots of little snacks, some little toys etc, childrens CDs, and I'm sure C would be happy being able to play angry birds the whole way!
16/04/2013 at 16:57
My boy (3) is pretty much thesame as DDs. He would sleep and eat for most of the journey. I'd stop once if necessary otherwise depending on how long he's slept yu could do the journey without stopping.
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