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Car journeys and how to keep the kids entertained

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You are on your way to your holiday cottage and want to keep the kids amused. Here are a few ideas to make the journey a happy one!

Have a bag packed with a few things that you can bring out during the journey.  Don’t bring it all out at once!

These can include books, colouring books, stickers, word search games or Suduko for the older children or small toys for younger ones.  Consider packing some nursery rhyme CDs or story CDs too.

Pack some snacks

But try and avoid sugary ones.  You don’t want the children bouncing off the walls of the car!  Pieces of chopped up fruit for younger kids or whole apples for older ones are great.  Pack some bottled water too.

Every 50 miles give them something special from the ‘treat bag’.

Games for the car journey

  • Who am I? What am I?

Choose a well-known person (past or present, fictional or real). Everyone in the car has to ask you questions to guess who you are. Little ones can play too - they can choose animals or cartoon characters. You can only answer yes or no.  Try it with inanimate objects too e.g. table, chair and just say ‘what am I’ instead. You can say animal, mineral or vegetable to give a clue.

  • Eye Spy

Always a favourite and try and use items in the car or outside the car to keep it relevant. 

  • I packed my suitcase

Another favourite.  The first person chooses something that they packed in their suitcase, so I packed my suitcase and put in a book, for example, the second person has to repeat what the first person said and then add their own item.  Carry on like this until someone forgets something.  You can always help out little ones with memory jogging clues!

How about taking a disposable camera

The kids can take photos of the journey and compile a scrapbook when they get home again?  They could also extend their photo taking during the holiday too. 

Following the route

Get some copies of your route and let the children map it out with a highlighter.  Fun and educational.  You could have a map of the UK with home and the final destination marked on it and the route and places of interest on the way.

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Visit Peaks holiday cottages are owned and managed by Wendy Boast who runs two large holiday cottages in the Peak District and has been doing this since 2006, when Riverside House was opened.Wendy and her family have been going to the Peak District for 30 years and have detailed knowledge of the area and things to do.  She loves providing families and groups with holidays in some of the country's most beautiful countryside and can help tailor make a family holiday, activity holiday or leisure break.  Wendy stays in both her cottages on a regular basis with friends and family to make sure that everything is in place for a welcoming break in the Peak District.In another life Wendy was employed in the marketing departments of solicitors' firms as well as working in publishing and bookselling.


  • Lindsay West
    Lindsay West Wednesday, 22 May 2013

    Car Journeys and How to keep the kids entertained

    Some brilliant ideas here, thanks for the tips Wendy. I'd forgotten the 'I packed my suitcase' game, we used to play that one. Using a camera on the journey, rather than just at the destination, is a great idea and following the route will definitely help with the 'are we nearly there yet?' constant questions. Am now looking forward to the next long journey, thank you.

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