The holidays are coming. This week is Thanksgiving. Can you believe it? For a lot of people the holidays mean travel time. Many people , including myself, take road trips instead of flying. We do it because we carry too much junk with us that make it almost impossible to fly (car seats, luggage, portable crib, etc.). No matter why you choose to do it, traveling with kids at any age can be stressful. Here is a time passer for the kids.
First you will need a jar. I used a pickle jar because it was all I had, but a peanut butter jar works the best. It is light and plastic, because who wants glass shards in their car? Then you will need some bird seed. The smaller the better. We had a wild bird seed mix and it worked just fine. Lastly, you will need some stuff. Yeah, I know..stuff? Could I be more specific? Well, it can be anything. I bought a bag of bug party favors at the dollar store. You can use fun shaped erasers. You can grab just random things around your house that are small (like a marble, an old key, a paper clip, etc.). Anything small and easily recognizable will be perfect.
Put a little bit of bird seed in the jar, then put a few items in. Cover those items with more bird seed. Put some more items in and cover those with bird seed, too. Continue this process until the jar is almost full. You will want to leave about an inch or two of empty space.
Give the jar to your kids in the car. Ask them what they can find in the jar without opening it. If you are doing this with curious young kids, I suggest gluing the lid on with hot glue or super glue. You don’t want your car full of bird seed. For older kids you can make a list of what you put in the jar and they will have to cross off the items as they find them. It won’t take long for your kids to discover different ways to shake and turn the jar to show new items.
This is a great learning tool as well. Kids will have to learn to manipulate the jar to move the seeds how they would like. It is physics and science at their best, but the kids don’t know it. They just get caught up in the fun of finding the objects. Try it.
What is the longest road trip you have ever taken?