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Share your top tips for keeping kids entertained on long journeys to win Where’s Wally? activity book bundle PLUS bumper colouring kit!

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SorchaMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 23-Jun-16 11:07:10

As the summer holiday countdown (kind of) begins, we’ve teamed up with Where’s Wally? to find out your top tips for keeping the kids entertained on long journeys and wet days…

To celebrate the publication of Where’s Wally? In Outer Space and Across Lands activity books, with tonnes of Where’s Wally? activities and 100 stickers in each book, we’ve put together this ultimate keep-the-kids-busy prize.

Mumsnetters loved Where’s Wally? The Colouring Book:

“Quiet, concentration, sharing, agreeing... and all four of those things at the same time! Big hit in this household” FeelingSmurfy

“Fantastic detail on every page - these are the real deal compared to trendy 'mindfulness' colouring books” debjani

Share your top tips for keeping the kids entertained on long journeys to be in with a chance of winning a Where’s Wally? activity book set including Where's Wally? The Colouring Book, In Outer Space and Across Lands, plus a bumper colouring kit!

If you haven’t already seen Where’s Wally? The Colouring Book, check out this time lapse video created on a wet Sunday afternoon – 4 ½ hours of colouring fun with a very quiet 7 and 5-year-old…

This discussion is sponsored by Walker Books and will end 21 July

TrollTheRespawnJeremy Thu 23-Jun-16 20:00:19

We always make sure that we have plenty of water and snacks- non messy snacks so that in the event of spillage it's not the end of the world!

Colouring book and pens, something to read, a notebook to write/draw in. And DD always takes a handful of figurines to play with. Very handy on holiday etc as she takes them to the beach.

We get the kids to make up their own cds as well and they take turns to have their music on in the car.

Leeds2 Thu 23-Jun-16 20:32:46

DVDs usually kept my DD quiet!

Also used audio books, and CDs of music she liked.

CMOTDibbler Fri 24-Jun-16 09:09:33

Plenty of water and snacks in the car, so even if we're stuck in traffic its not as bad.

Long audio books - we've enjoyed listening to Harry Potter, Terry Pratchett, Moomins and all sorts of other books in the car.

DS likes having the sat nav and telling us the speed limit blush and directions. Which is great if you know where you're going!

starlight36 Fri 24-Jun-16 13:27:27

A good variety of music in the car is essential. No snacks for us as both DC get car sick. Instead lots of distractions - many rounds of I-spy and each counting the number of our chosen colour of cars on the motorway. DD likes to try and follow the route on a map.

On trains or ferries a good magazine or activity book is essential - one with lots of stickers and puzzles.

Wiifitmama Mon 27-Jun-16 16:29:52

Audio books are a must in our house for journeys. We also use nintendo ds on a game that they can all link together on. Multi plug for headphones so that they can all watch a movie on the laptop.

IWasThere4Aug12 Mon 27-Jun-16 16:36:38

We like to play mini chedders - 1 point for every yellow car you spot, 1 point for every mini and 3 points if it's a yellow mini ie mini cheddar. Also driving thru France we use a 100 square and try to spot cars from every department (their department number is on their number plate). Audio books and lots of snacks are also a must

chrissie66 Mon 27-Jun-16 16:46:26

DD is 7 and she has recently been given some i-spy books. We have one called 'On The Motorway' which kept her amused on a long coach journey during the half term week. Brings back memories too!
DD also enjoys word searches and reading her books. Games such as 'i-spy' and 'guess which animal I am' are also great distractions.

RoastieToastieReastie Mon 27-Jun-16 16:48:36

On wet days we often do cooking/baking, painting, play board games, colouring, have a 'party' (have a teddy bears picnic on the floor for lunch then play party games eg musical statues).

In the car we love audiobooks, I spy, word games (like going through the alphabet and naming an animal for each letter) and the iPad is useful too.

Mozarmstrong Mon 27-Jun-16 16:48:50

Car journey definitely audio books and dads. On train colouring books and snap cards.plenty of water and snacks.

BearAusten Mon 27-Jun-16 16:57:16

Car journeys: Audio books, I spy, and being asked ridiculously impossible mathematical challenges without paper. (We all travel from travel sickness, so no books, mobiles, magazines.)

Train journeys: Books, magazines, stickers (on the way back leaflets which I have picked up).

CordeliaScott Mon 27-Jun-16 16:57:52

We have finger puppets for DD to play with. They are also very useful for keeping her quiet and sitting at the table during meals too!

loosechange Mon 27-Jun-16 16:59:43

Audiobooks are a big hit with my children. Plus a selection of music cds. DH is excellent at making up stories on demand.

Miaow1234 Mon 27-Jun-16 17:01:31

Lots of read along to cd books

jelliebelly Mon 27-Jun-16 17:01:39

Plenty of non spill drinks and snacks.

Audio books
Spotting games/eye spy
Music quizzes
Word games

When they were babies. Lullaby music to send them to sleep!

asuwere Mon 27-Jun-16 17:04:34

Long car journeys: DVD players, audio books, good music, car bingo (spotting bus stop, bikes, castles etc). I tend to avoid food and drinks as then you need extra toilet breaks plus I hate mess in the car. Regular breaks for stretching and eating obviously.
Rainy days, same as any other day, just remember waterproofs! My kids go out regardless smile

queenoftheschoolrun Mon 27-Jun-16 17:08:46

We have lists of things to spot - different colour cars, ice cream van, police car, caravan, bus, motorbike etc.

We love audio books too. The Roald Dahl ones are great and I'm about to order the David Walliams set from The Book People.

We also suffer from travel sickness so no reading or screens.

onitlikeacarbonnet Mon 27-Jun-16 17:11:06

We have a 9 hr car journey this summer which we've done before but, due to a cheating DH, I will be doing alone with DC for the first time.
Our usual things are I spy, each choosing a colour of car and first to ten or twenty wins.
We do a team game where different colour cars have different values and we add them up to 100.
We use technology too. A movie on a portable dvd or iPad. Ds has a ds, dd has a camera which she points out the window a lot and takes millions of selfies.
But they love our Roald Dahl audiobook set which they could probably recite verbatim including the wonderful accents of Miriam Margolyes reading Matilda grin
I should be fascinated!!!

When they were a little smaller we had travel aqua doodle type things which worked for hours
And they obviously used to sleep too. Not now though.

PiaMaria79 Mon 27-Jun-16 17:17:33

We drive 600 miles quite often to visit family so with 3 kids we've come customed to finding ways to keep the trio as happy as possible. When we can we attend to drive through the night as then there's a lot more periods when all little passangers are asleep but we also always pack the portable DVD player, fully charged gaming devices (LeapPad and 2 Nintendo DS's) we also have in car chargers. Little toys suitable for playing on the go (dinosaurs, small cars, dolls etc), lots of snacks and drink too.

And we take apt amount of breaks so little legs get to stretch x

Bouncearound Mon 27-Jun-16 17:18:21

Lots of downloads and movies on an iPad with headphones for each child, lots of snacks and if possible drive early evening so they fall asleep- we normally stop at services, change into pjs, drink some milk and snuggle up in car seats with a blanket to then be transferred to bed upon arrival! We've also been known to split journeys in half and stay in a travelodge before arriving.

WarmHugs Mon 27-Jun-16 17:39:45

We play the alphabet game. We choose a subject - girls names, colours, animals and then name one for each letter of the alphabet. The subjects are endless!

RebelRogue Mon 27-Jun-16 17:54:21

Travel aquadoodle ,a few toys,lots of snacks,the ipad(movies/cartoons saved and lots of interactive books apps and games) ,playing i spy and other games,but what keeps her most entertained is talking about what she sees,and making up her own little stories for us

N6CNH Mon 27-Jun-16 18:07:39

We go out and buy special magazines or activity books together, I try and get ones with plenty of colouring in and games (depending on who I'm buying for) you can often pick these up for peanuts at places such as The Works :-)

pennwood Mon 27-Jun-16 18:46:49

Activity books, DVD's & I Spy usually works well with lots of frequent stops at play areas

busterj Mon 27-Jun-16 19:09:56

My daughter always takes me when going on any journeys as she tells me when grandad is on board both the grandchildren behave for him !

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