First, Let’s Take A Selfie!
BubbleBum founder and Child Passenger Safety Expert Grainne Kelly has a fun plan that will get you all out of the car for a stretch while you create long lasting memories. “Take a family selfie in each city or state in front of a sign with the name of the state. Don’t overlook what the place is famous for such as the World’s Largest Ball of Twine, the largest Paul Bunyan statue, the Corn Palace and the list goes on. It’s a great way to break up long road trips and doesn’t hurt your pocket book.”
Scrapbooking on the Road
David Bakke of Money Crashers offered this great souvenir gathering idea. “Bring along an empty scrapbook that can be filled with mementos gathered during the actual drive. That’s an effective way to keep kids busy and not worried about when you all will actually arrive.”
Photo Scavenger Hunt
Following along with the photo theme, check out Stuffed Suitcase blogger, Kimberly Tate’s photo scavenger hunt. “I’m really excited about this game I created. There are places for your child to write their name and list the dates and location of the family vacation. The left side lists things that could capture memories of what your child sees while traveling. The right side has ideas that might help capture some great family memories during your trip.”
You can download the Kids’ Photo Scavenger Hunt for free from Stuffed Suitcase.
Krstine Dworkin, writer for Trekaroo, shared this fun idea: “My kids love the rebellious naughtiness of drawing on the car windows. They don’t know though that I’m tricking them into looking out those windows while they draw. As they create, they are seeing the world we’re passing through and making it a little more colorful at the same time. Window markers wash off glass so there is no worry about destroying a window.”
The memory gathering ideas will be a hit in your car, and we’re sure there’s a photo or two you can take of the window artwork for your family vacation scrapbook.
Do you have more ideas to share? Please tell us in the comments!