On the road - tips for travelling with kids
If you’re planning on taking a trip with the kids – whether it’s just a short break or the annual family holiday – there are plenty of gadgets, toys and accessories and on the market to keep them (and you) happy. Bernice Mulligan reports
Tips on what to take to entertain the kids
? Do not bother taking too many bulky toys and books as these can be heavy and cumbersome.
? Older children will probably want to pick their own toys to travel with and while this is a nice idea, you should give them some direction as to what is appropriate.
? Make sure that everything you take is replaceable as if children are particularly attached to something and you cannot fi nd it while you are en route this can be a huge disruption.
? Toys also get very dirty when travelling and the easier they are to clean the better.
? It is also best to avoid anything that may melt in the heat such as wax crayons or Play-Doh, which can dry up and stain.
? Toys that have lots of small parts which can get easily lost are also a bad idea. When travelling, children love to play with others and it may be good idea to bring toys that can be shared.
? Toys that stimulate exercise including footballs, small beanbags and frisbees are also a good idea particularly if they can be used indoors as well as outdoors.
? There are lots of other options for entertaining your children, including card games, charades, i-spy, hangman, spot the difference and storytelling – travel is an ideal time to spend quality time with your children just chatting, reading, and playing together.
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