I just got back from an 8 day road trip adventure with my mom’s family! We had a blast chillin’ by the beach up on the Oregon coast. My mom, aunt, uncle, sister and our 4 kids (all under 6) decided to caravan to our beach destination which was close to a 10-11 hour drive. Your thought bubble is probably starting to form with something similar to “Are you crazy!? Driving in a car with a babies, toddlers and growing 4-5 year olds for longer than 2 hours is nuts!!” We got our game faces on, sang a team cheer and were determined to have a great road trip.
Here are some pictures of my vacation! I got to enjoy a picturesque horse back riding adventure on the beach and completed a scenic hike with my YOUNG cousins, which meant we went at a very speedy pace.
The speech therapist inside me wanted to find some toys and activities that were car friendly, didn’t take up lots of space and would promote speech and language skills! I provided amazon affiliate links for your convenience.
Melissa & Doug Travel Bear Hunt is a variation of the fun game Guess Who? It is made out of wood and can be stored in a back pack. Your kids can practice asking/answering wh-questions along with identifying bears by attributes!
Crayola 24ct Mini Twistable Special Effects Crayons are wonderful crayons for road trips! They are easy to store and don’t break!! I am very pleased with this purchase because my son and daughter struggle with keeping crayons from breaking!
I used cookie trays from the dollar store and had my kids draw pictures using these crayons! I also used Melissa & Doug Magnetic Wooden Alphabet set to have my children practice identifying letters and my 5 year old creating sight words with the magnets.
Puzzles are a great way for children to practice problem solving, focus and flexibility! After they have finished the puzzle you can ask them wh-questions about the picture scene, have them create a story with the puzzle or describe items in the puzzle by attributes. The Mellissa and Doug wooden puzzles in a box are easy to store and less likely for you to lose pieces.
Mad libs are a really fun way to create silly short stories and poems. They are a great review for using correct grammar with nouns, verbs, adjectives, prepositions and adverbs. I always brought a book of mad libs along when I was a kid! Your kids can practice reading them out loud as well as practice their grammar skills.
Melissa & Doug Reusable Sticker Pad Bundle (Pack of 2) comes with many different picture scenes that are made out of thin cardboard which are pretty durable. The bundle pack also includes a sheet stickers for each picture scene that are reusable, so the child can change the placement of the stickers. This is definitely a toy for kids 5 years and up and can be used with younger children as long as an adult is assisting. The stickers are durable, but could be ripped easily by tiny hands that are still fine tuning their motor skills. These scenes are perfect for ALL sort of language skills! Storage is a little tricky because the scenes are bigger than a back pack.
Figurines and small character toys are great for creating stories, sequencing events from movies and books as well as pretend play. The movie Frozen is a BIG favorite in my house, so my Aunt and Uncle gave my 2 year old the Disney Frozen Figurine Play Set for her birthday. We brought it along on the trip because they are easy to store and my son and daughter both got to work on their imagination play and story telling while on the road! There you have it! Those are my suggestions for language rich toys to bring on any road trip. What do you bring when you are going on long trips? (176)