Does your family have a road trip coming up this summer? Mine is no exception. In fact, we have a couple in the very near future. First off, let me tell you that being cooped up with the kids in a vehicle for an extended number of hours is NOT my idea of fun. However, it is a necessity to arrive at a desired destination. To help keep everyone’s stress level under control and make the experience as pleasant as possible, we tend to stop every couple of hours.
In the car we always keep the following on hand for rest stops: bubbles, a couple balls, a Frisbee, sidewalk chalk, and a jump rope. We are also packing a soccer ball this year since Hank started playing in the spring and absolutely loves it.
In planning for longer time in the car, I put together an activity kit to use when we stop along the way. This will help everyone get the wiggles out and burn off some excess energy. I thought it would be fun to have some additional games/activities that we can do as a family and make the rest stops more effective.
I would love to hear what you do to re-charge during a long road trip?
Have a Great Week!
- Basket (Multi-Purpose: used in Games and also to hold everything)
- 4 Mini Frisbees
- 2 Jump Ropes
- Paper Plates (at least 2 for each person)
- 8 Balls (Various Sizes)
- 4 Rope Circles
- 5 Mini Cones
- Movement Dice
- Rest Stop Exercise Cards
- Rest Stop Game Cards
When it came time to include items in our Rest Stop Kit, my mind kept drifting back to the following two posts. So combined both ideas and created the Movement Dice.
- I read this blog a while ago from Education.com called Exercise … with Dice! and thought it was an interesting idea.
- I also kept thinking about the Physical Activity Cube idea I saw a couple of years ago from Little Family Fun.
Since my brain usually stops working during our road trips, I wanted some printed Exercise Cards. These cards have ideas of ways we can move our body during our rest break so we don’t have to come up with them on the fly.
- I absolutely love the Backyardigan Action Cards that were linked to in the blog Kids Exercise Action Cards by Pinning With Purpose.
- I also printed a copy of From Head to Toe Activity Cards Head to Toe Activity Cardsfrom Teach Beside Me.
- I found some great information from Road Trip! 10 Rest Stop Activities for Kids by The Inspired Treehouse. I used a lot of their ideas and created the printable exercise cards (activities) linked to above. Be sure to check out their Outdoor Sensory Motor Scavenger Hunt. I plan to use it as a stand-alone activity when my kids get older.
I created printable Game Cards so that all of the ideas would be right at my fingertips. Most of the games I previously used in another blog, but decided they fit in perfectly with our Rest Stop Kit as well. However, the following games were inspired by other blog posts that I have recently read.
- Ins and Outs – I was reading a blog post from Organize Your Stuff Now about Outdoor Games for Kids and thought this game would be great to use as a resource for our family.
- Miniature Frisbee Golf – I saw a pin from Moms of All Trades and thought it would be nice as a mini take-along version.