Travel Box & toys/activities for visit

Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Travel Box & toys/activities for visit
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Tue, 06-06-2006 - 11:09am

Hi there, I have a question for you. I have a DD whose 11, so this isn't really my area exactly. My step son is coming to stay with us for 2 weeks this summer and when DH goes to pick him up they are riding a train for about 6 hours and doing some sightseeing in Chicago and then a 2 1/2 hour flight to Texas. On the way back we are driving to Michigan.

My two questions are:

1. I usually will make a small travel box for my dd for car/plane trips with acitivites for her to do and snacks. DH and I have only been married a year and we have only had his son once, DH is in the military so he only gets to see him once or twice a year. My step son is 7 and just finishing first grade and I know he likes cars/trucks. Any suggestions on a few small things I can put in the box to help keep his boredom on the train/plane to a minimum?

2. He is going to be here in Texas for a week before we head back to Michigan. Obviously, I have a girl, so we don't have many things other than board games, computer and video games for him to play with, not that I want him inside the whole time he is here. Any suggestions on a few things to get him, I don't want to buy him a ton of stuff for him to just take back to his mom's house, when we see him at Christmas we'll be going to Michigan. DH will be taking him to SeaWorld and the local city pool and park, and we have a scooter he can use and my DD's bike, but I am sort of at a loss for how exactly to prepare so he is comfortable while he's here.

Thanks, Tracy

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Registered: 01-06-2006
Tue, 06-06-2006 - 10:02pm

I have a 9 yo ds and a 6 yo dd. Maybe my experience will help... Building stuff (Legos, K'nex (can get pricey)), Bug catcher and books, Super Soakers, tennis balls (can be used to play catch, tennis, juggle, etc.), water balloons, science kit, craft stuff, go to the library once he arrives and check out some books he chooses, deck of cards for card games. For the car/train trip... Inexpensive CD player and books on cd from the library, activity/coloring book from the new Disney movie "Cars" (you said he likes cars so the movie is probably up his alley), beach ball (to be inflated at rest stops), frisbee, workbooks?, make a travel bingo card with signs and other objects he may see on the road, Crayola color wonder markers and paper (markers work only on Color Wonder paper), maps to follow along with the trip, cds everyone will enjoy singing along to, and maybe you can borrow/rent a portable DVD player and rent some movies.

Hope this helps... If you need more, post again and I'll dig a little deeper.

Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Wed, 06-07-2006 - 10:27am
thanks, those are great ideas. I bought a travel deck of cards yesterday and a Spiderman activity set that's small, about 4x5 and it has activity pages and 6 markers all in a small case. I'll have to have DH ask him on the phone what he likes, but most of the time he just says video games and TV. DH told him while he's here not to expect much TV/video game time, he only gets him a few times a year, so they are going to be outside doing stuff, not stuck inside.
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Registered: 08-20-2003
Sun, 06-11-2006 - 11:29pm

Hey Tracy~


My DS is 7.5---------let me think of some things!


Card games, not sure if he has a Gameboy or anything, but if he does maybe a new game for that, small lego kit, drawing paper with colored pencils and stickers, books, I always check out the travel section at Walmart for extra ideas too!


HOpe the trip is easy and quick!



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Registered: 07-26-1999
Mon, 06-12-2006 - 10:42am
Thanks Laura, I was thinking about hte gameboy too, but I don't know if his BM will let him bring it with him, I'm banking on she won't even pack more than a weekend worth of clothes for the 2 week trip. DD has one of each gameboy, and left one home, but I think she took all teh games with her. So I maybe I will pick him up a new game. Someone gave me the idea to give him a giftcard like Walmart of something when he first gets here and let him go shopping with dad to pick out a few things, so we may do that also.
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Registered: 03-27-2003
Sat, 06-24-2006 - 3:02pm

HI!!!


They have those electronic games now that aren't "Gameboy" reliant. Tetris and Solitare are great ones. Mad Libs are great, and different types of drawing materials such as magnets, scratch off the black and see the colors underneath, wet a brush and paint,

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