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Family On Adventure–Travel Activities for Kids

By Fredrica Syren aka Green mom:

“Are we there yet?” Oh, those dreaded words from the kids! They seem to come as soon as the journey starts. This summer we’re spending 8 weeks traveling in a camper van, which, at times, means long hours driving. I have experienced my fair share of traveling with kids over the past 9 years and, as much fun as traveling is, it can be mighty rough to keep kids entertained (and I have 3 now). I can’t say I’m an expert on the subject yet, but I surely have a few tricks up my sleeve that seem to work.travvel activities for kids

  • Activity books — A new activity book that includes games, coloring pages and stickers is always appreciated.legos
  • Legos in a mesh bag — A classic toy that never goes out of style; a mesh bag is great way to transport and store them.
  • Books on tape — Since we try not to have kids watch a lot on the IPad, this is great alternative, and they love hearing a story.
  • Small games
  • Scratch Art Activity Set — This simple and small notepad is great. It uses a small wooden stick to scratch off ink instead of markers or crayons that can melt.
  • Color by numbers — Coloring is classic fun for the kids.
  • Beads — I know this sounds dangerous in a camper van, but I put the beads in a baby snack cup to contain them. That way, with a string, they can have fun making all kinds of art and other things with them.

I have found that snacks are a great way to keep my kids occupied, so I try to come up with snacks that can take a little time to eat.

  • Water bottle — each of my kids have a water bottle with a lid and a straw to make it easy to get a sip but most of all prevents any spills.
  • Veggie and fruit cut-ups with dip — These snacks are easy to make, cheap and healthy. It’s also fun for the kids to dip and eat. I usually make a bean puree, nut butter or a carrot and lentil dip,fruit lether

Of course I also recommend to stop often and get kids out of the car. We tend to drive only for two-hour stretches before stopping at designated rest and picnic areas so the kids can stretch their legs and explore the environment. Whenever we stop, they will find seashells, sticks and rocks they want to look at, examine, and then play with later while we’re driving again.

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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