Activities to Keep Little Ones Busy and HappyAnytime, Anywhere!
By Danielle Aihini
Amanda Morin’s recent book, On-the-Go Fun for Kids: More than 250 Activities to Keep Little Ones Busy and Happy – Anytime, Anywhere! offers over 200 engaging activities for children.
“Whether you’re hitting the road, heading to grandma’s house, or waiting patiently at the doctor’s office, this guide includes simple playtime ideas for any situation, allowing you to entertain your children no matter where your family goes.”
Don’t stress about the five-hour car rides home or the 10-minute drive to the food store; forget you ever heard the phrase, “are we there yet?” because On-the-Go Fun for Kids makes any trip worthwhile and entertaining.
Amanda Morin is an education writer and special education advocate. Since 2007, she has been working as a parent advocate to empower and educate parents on the pivotal role they play in their child’s education.
She has taught kindergarten and worked with infants, toddlers and preschoolers with disabilities. She provided education and training to parents of children with disabilities and led multidisciplinary teams in developing and implementing Individual Family Service Plans.
Morin received a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Maine and special education advocacy training from the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates.
She is the author of The Everything Parent’s Guide to Special Education, The Everything Kids’ Learning Activities Book as well as a contributing writer for Parenting Special Needs Magazine and editorial team member of Understood.org. Her work has been featured on the National Center for Learning Disabilities website; Education.com; PopSugar Moms; and About.com.
Here are some excerpts from the book:
Car Trip Games
What Would Your Plate Say?
If your child already knows how to read vanity plates, let her come up with a few of her own! Ask each family member to come up with some ideas for vanity plates that would fit their hobbies and personality. Write them down, then fold them up, and mix all the papers together. Then have each person take on from the pile to try to figure out what the plate says and who it would belong to.
Planes and Trains
Watch the Clouds Roll By
Cloud watching is an activity old as time, but it still stands up. Whether your child is looking at the clouds from an airplane window or from a fast-moving train, he’s bound to find some interesting shapes among them. Ask him to tell you what the clouds look like to him. Are there clouds that look like certain animals? Do all clouds work together to tell a story?
Play cloud I Spy. For example, your child might say, “I spy with my little eye something that looks like a giant teddy bear eating an ice cream cone.” Can you find the cloud or clouds he’s looking at? Start with phrases like, “Doesn’t it seem as though…?” Your conversation might sound like this:
Have you seen that new movie?
No, have you?
Who would I have gone with?
Didn’t Dad want to see it?
Did he say he wanted to see it?
Didn’t you hear him tell me that last week?
The downside of teaching your child this game is that he may try to play it when you don’t want him to speak in questions!
Bonus Activities for Work-From-Home Days
Candy Bar Messages
This is a fun activity, but you have to be prepared for a potential sugar overload once it’s over! Buy a selection of interestingly named candy and gum and place them in a Tupperware container. Then give your child a large piece of paper, a marker, and the bag of candy. His mission is to make a message using the names of the candy!
It’s okay to use variations of the name, too. You may want to include some masking tape so he can cover up extra letters. (For example, he can put a piece of tape over the last “s” in “Snickers” to make the word “snicker.”) Here’s an example of a message he could write:
I hope you won’t Snicker at me when I tell you I made a Whopper of a mess in the kitchen. I was trying to use that Whatchamacallit to cook but I’m such a Butterfingers that it slipped right out of my hand. Now there are just Mounds of broken pieces on the floor. I don’t have any Extra money until PayDay, but I promise I will take care of it!
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