Low-Tech Fun for Long Car Trips

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For really long drives, I pack surprise brown bags and hand one out every 100 miles. Some are food (juice boxes, trail mix, granola bars, candy, cookies, crackers) and some are little trinkets and toys to keep the boys occupied (the very best thing I ever got was a couple of Slinkies). I tie the brown bags up with bows and label them with the mile marker. My boys love these — it's a great adventure to find out what's in each bag.

Car games! I challenge them to count trucks (they'll do it half the day). Another game we recently started: Saying a line from a movie and letting everyone guess what movie it's from. There's also "Count the barns," I Spy, "Who can not talk the longest," singing commercial jingles together, and "Guess what I am thinking" (don't play this with teens, LOL).

Write fun questions and keep them in a Ziploc bag in the glove box — then everybody gets to pick one. Questions like, "If you could be any cartoon character, who would you be and why?" "What is your favorite winter memory?" "Would you rather be able to fly or become invisible?" I ask a lot of "favorites" questions, which are great — favorite color, food, thing to do, animal, etc

When all else fails, we put in the song "Who Let the Dogs Out" and sing some varied rendition of it (cats, frogs, etc.) and get the girls laughing.

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