A car packed full of crabby kids, still hours away from your final destination and, inevitably, someone needs a bathroom stop. Here are 10 great activities for kids to make the most of a quick break at a rest stop – get them up and moving, even just for a few minutes, and they’ll be a lot happier for the rest of the trip!
1 – Walk along a painted line on the parking lot
2 – Balance on a curb
3 – Jump in the squares of the sidewalk
4 – Roll down a grassy hill
5 – Whip up a quick obstacle course – find sticks to jump over, a bench to jump off of, a curb to balance on, etc.
6 – See how fast your kids can complete our Sensory Motor Scavenger Hunt!
7 – Trace your route on the giant map with your index finger
8 – Use sidewalk chalk to sign your name at each rest stop along your route “Jane was here!”
9 – Have a blanket in the car? Find a grassy spot and try one of our 10 Picnic Blanket Games for Kids!
10 – Have a car clean-out relay race! See how fast kids can clear out snack wrappers and empty cups, running them one at a time to the garbage can – a great way to use up some of that pent up energy from sitting in the car!
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