Keeping Your Kids Entertained On A Long Van JourneyJanuary 20, 2016
When you’re moving home it’s not always easy to keep everyone happy. This is especially true if you have to take your children on a long van journey when moving your possessions to your new home. Unless you’re using van hire to move right around the corner, you’ll probably want to take a look at our tips for keeping your little ones entertained on a long journey.
Kids love to sing along to music from their favourite films and television shows, so whether you have an mp3 player or a CD player, ensure you pack some of their favourite tunes along with you and encourage them to get musical.
Alternatively, if you know they have a favourite story, you can try to find it as an audiobook. Many of the classics are available, as well as audio-story versions of more recent films – some even come with a book to be read along with the CD.
There are plenty of classic board games available in travel sizes these days. Connect 4, Guess Who? and Tic-Tac-Toe are just a few of the older games available, but there are plenty of modern games, including card based games, on offer. Keep in mind the age of your children and their particular interests to help you select the best games.
Some games come with smaller magnetic pieces, which helps if you don’t have an even surface on which to play games, but be weary of those which don’t have magnetic pieces as they might spill across the vehicle at the first turning.
Most children have favourite figurines or dolls which they like to play with. Even if you purchase some expendable, cheaper figurines, your children can let their imaginations run wild for a little while on the journey. Just make sure you don’t lose their favourite toys if you do choose a figure they already have.
If you prefer things a little more peaceful while you drive, why not grab some colouring books and some crayons? Kids can lose themselves in their colouring and doodling while you get large chunks of the journey out of the way. If you have younger children, you might want to prepare for a slightly messier journey with some wipes to clean up afterwards.
It might seem odd to give children the map, but as long as they each have their own copy you can chart the journey for them and make a note of noticeable landmarks for them to look out for and check off the list. This is engrossing for children, making them feel a part of the journey, but it also staves off the inevitable question of “are we there yet?”.
If you’re really pushed for time and can’t gather anything together for the journey to keep the kids occupied, you can always fall back on the classic games. Requiring no parts or pieces, games like I-Spy and the Alphabet game are easy for the whole family to get involved in – the bonus is that they cost nothing to play!
Here at I-Drive Van Hire we provide van hire for people who are looking to move home, with a variety of van sizes available to suit your individual needs. Contact us today and we’ll be happy to help, whether you’re moving down the street or further afield. i-Drive Van Hire are based in Nottingham but operate in West Bridgford and the surrounding areas.