Many parents do not look forward to taking a long car trip with young children.
It is no fun to have a crying child while you are driving. Children want to run and jump in the park, not sit in a car seat with nothing to do.
A very young child does not know as yet about streets, towns, cities, and countries. They may hear these words but do not know what they mean in relation to our physical space. We need to teach them this a little bit at a time. I remember our young son asking if we were still in Edmonton on one of our trips. We had just gone on a short trip to visit friends who lived in another area of the city! This gave us the chance to explain how places are arranged.
Before you go on your trip, tell your child about it, and make plans together. If you have a map, show her how it works, and where you are going. Talk about the things you will see along the way. Make your trip more fun by packing together – clothes, blanket, food and snacks, coloring books, and travel games. Here are some other ways your child can “play” in the car, and also have fun with words: