This post about screen free road trips is sponsored by TreeTop. This post contains affiliate links.
I’ll be the first to admit it, my kids love their screens. The bickering over Minecraft or lack of Internet in the car sometimes gets to be too much at times, okay, all the time – so we’re looking at ways to go back to screen free road trips. At least some of the time. Don’t miss this list of ideas and products from TreeTop that will hopefully keep your kids entertained and your road trips screen free. (ages 2-12)
A List of Ideas for Screen Free Road Trips
Keep Your Seat Clean –
Cleaning seats is the worst. Especially when you’re away from home on a road trip. Whether it’s a booster seat or your car’s leather interior, snack messes are no fun. Tree Top’s Clear Apple Sauce Pouches are perfect for on-the-go and spill resistant snacking. Tree Top’s new see-through pouches are filled with 100% USA apples, and have no high fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors and colors. They’re a delicious and healthy option parents and kids will appreciate.
The Power of Babble
While there are times I love silence while driving (backing up in a crowded parking lot comes to mind), road trips are a great way to engage kids with some brain-building questions that will spark fun conversations. TableTopics’ Family Edition Cube features questions ranging from silly to thought-provoking and is a perfect activity for parents and kids stuck in the car. Smarty Pants by Melissa & Doug is a set of 120 brain-building cards with questions, puzzles, tongue-twisters, and games. And if you’re all in it for the laughs, there’s of course the beloved Mad Libs that will help kids better understand grammar and vocabulary.
Peel It & Stick It –
On a road trip every window is a canvas waiting for a Peel & Stick masterpiece. Amazon has a handful of kid-friendly removable sticker options, from tractors and trucks to dolphins and planets. Just make sure they’re ‘removable’ or all the masterpieces will stick around a bit too long.
Get a Grip on that Slippery Sippy Cup
Have a little one that is forever dropping their cup? I’ve been a fan of BooginHead for years. BooginHead Sippigrip Cup and Bottle Holder is an easy cup-to-hand attachment strap, compatible with all sippy cups and bottles. The patented BooginHead grip material holds on tight, avoiding excess dish washing from drops and the inevitable lost cup that shows up months later.
Color Her World –
It’s hard to beat the simplicity of coloring in the lines, from colored pencils to gel markers and crayons, and even adults are getting in coloring books. After all these years, it’s still the best way to pass some time. Make sure to have an easy to open pouch to keep them all contained in so they are ready to go for each trip.
Get Drawn’ In –
Obviously if you have a great collection of colored pencils to markers and crayons, you’ll want a plain sketch pad. For kids who want to take more control in their drawing, having a sketchbook or journal on hand for instantaneous drawing is a must.
Juice Box Heroes –
Say goodbye to drive thru sodas with lids that never stay on! Finding no sugar added apple juices can be a challenge, especially in on-the-go servings. Luckily Tree Top’s apple juice boxes – which come in regular apple, apple pear, and organic apple – are made with 100% USA apples and fruit juice. They’re an all-natural option for kids, even those with picky tastes.
Travel B-I-N-G-O! –
An eclectic alternative to the license plate game, there are many different travel bingo sets available online. Keep an eye out for rail road signs, bridges or airplanes, and the first one to five in a row wins! Kids will be entertained for hours on end, leaving mom and dad with a bit of space to relax and enjoy the scenery themselves.
Run Hot and Cold –
It’s been three hours since you left home and the kids are getting antsy, and you’ve just passed a sign for ice cream. Good thing you packed a food canister full of chocolate ice cream to combat the screaming. MiiR’s 16oz food canister not only keeps things cold or hot for hours on end, it fits in most vehicle cup holders, doesn’t sweat, and doesn’t transfer flavors.
Hooked on Classics –
It’s time to resuscitate the Rubik’s Cube and energize the EtchA-Sketch! These classic activities are good for miles and miles of peace and quiet.
Are you excited for your next screen free road trip? Do you have any go to tips?
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