“Are we there yet?!” “Are we there yet?!” Are we there yet?!”

This is a question that many parents who take the young ones on road trips hear over and over. However there are some fun things for the children to do to keep them occupied and happy.

Here are some suggestions of things to play with:

Busy boxes: Fill a few shoe boxes with Matchbox cars, Legos, card games, small dolls or figurines, and other fun items.

Crafty toys: Kids can be kept busy and engaged for a long time when drawing on a Magna Doodle, Etch A Sketch, or Aquadoodle. These are all simple for children to hold in their lap and can be used over and over.

Restaurant fun box: Restaurants often provide pens, crayons, coloring books and some small toys for children that could occupy kids on a drive. Electronic entertainment

Tablets, phones, and laptops, and phones: There are plenty of educational programs, games, movies, and shows that parents can download before heading on a trip.

Audiobooks: Most children can follow a storyline of an audio book at around 3 years old. This is a great way to keep the kids engaged and occupied on the road. You can listen together as a family or give the kids headphones. Free downloads are available at public libraries.

Similarly, here are some creative activities to consider:

Whiteboard and dry erase pens: Kids can draw pictures, play games, and many other things. Then they can wipe it clean and start all over!

Sticker and activity books: This is good for toddlers because they get to use their creativity with ruining the upholstery.

Crayons or markers: Washable markers are recommended for children who are 3 years old and older. If your child might be prone to drawing on the seat, try Color Wonder markers. They only make marks on specialized paper.

Colored pipe cleaners or Wikki Stix: Young ones can get creative and make all types of shapes, figures, and jewelry.

Silly Putty: Because it’s elastic, Silly Putty is unlikely to get stuck to the upholstery. Plus it’s fun to squeeze and squish!

The team at Tom’s Bulldog Automotive truly wants to make sure that our clients who are parents go on roadtrips where the whole family is happy! If you need any suggestions from our staff about other suggestions to keep your children busy on a road trip, don’t hesitate to ask. Our team has you covered! To schedule an appointment at Tom’s Automotive Bulldog, call us at 541-269-0399. We are located at 63075 Highway 101, Coos Bay, OR 97420.

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