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car journey amusements for 3 and 1 year old?

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readinginbed Sat 20-Jun-09 22:49:24

Anyone know any dead-cert ways to keep children happy in back of car on way to Wales? 3 and 1 years old. thanks....

JackBauer Sat 20-Jun-09 22:57:24

DVD player!

I drive from wales to midlands or south coast of england a lot with DD's (3.6 and 20 months)
have a bga in the front with you with non-spill drinks, raisins, bags of biscuits/snacks (tesco sell reusable crisp type packets which are great)
Chuck one of them over your shoulder every so often.
Things they can fiddle with are good, go to the pound shop and get crayons, small pads, stickers for them.
I have some 'pockets' from GLTC here that clip onto the side of their car seats that I put crayons and stuff in.
I also have Roald Dahl story cd's which last a good while.

I also take noisy fiddly toys that they like, DD1 likes calculators that beep hmm DD2 likes mirrors, so they have their toys with them.

If you get anything new, always get 2, or there will be a fight <speaks from experience>

And for any journey over 2 hours stop halfway to let them run around and burn off some energy.

gigglewitch Sat 20-Jun-09 23:00:08

story or song cd's for age-appropriate (ish)
<lots of them should come with earplugs for the parents tho wink>

I have recently discovered podcasts - free short stories that you can download and put on a cd grin - google for "storynory" - fantastic stuff, also "cbeebies best bits" - goes down a treat. And free grin

JackBauer Sat 20-Jun-09 23:00:40

Ohh, and books. But be careful not to mix books up with drawing pads...
And be aware that anything you give them will land in teh footwell after about 10 minutes and need fishing out. I pile blankets/coats in them so I can reach stuff and hand it back...

JackBauer Sat 20-Jun-09 23:02:59

gigglewitch, that's great! (am getting fed up of the enormous crocodile TBH...)

And if all else fails, a bit of guns and roses at full volume tends to drown out any screechinggrin

readinginbed Sat 20-Jun-09 23:06:22

great, thanks. I'm sure it'll be worth forsaking calm Radio 4 grown-up-itude for cbeebies if it keeps them quiet

gigglewitch Sat 20-Jun-09 23:06:38

lol - know what you mean about the enormous crocodile. I give them a gym-bag each with a colouring book, coloured pencils (small packet, I have good reason for this) wink and as JB says some stickers - which inevitably end up stuck to the car hmm but hey ho.... They have lap tray thingys, the tray with a bean bag underneatn, only the bargain variety, but it gives them something good to lean on and less chance to drop all their stuff / fight over it wink

JackBauer Sat 20-Jun-09 23:09:10

Lap trays! <smacks forehead>


snottymcgrotty Sat 20-Jun-09 23:33:31

I vote for the DVD player !! Drove to and from France last wk with 2.11 yrs and 9 mths DD's and the DVD player kept them both occupied. Had either me or DH in the back seat so we could hand things out and change discs etc (have a 7 seater so DD1 sat in 'boot' and could still see DVD). Trip took 13 hrs each way !! I now know all the songs in Alice in Wonderland and Aladin, and could recite Ratatouille from start to finish !
Good luck and make the most of this, I believe it all gets worse once they start asking 'are we nearly there yet ?' wink

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