It's no secret that preschoolers have a ton of energy. A preschooler seated in a car seat for longer than 20 minutes at a time is usually long enough to make you rethink road trips altogether. So how do you keep a young child's attention? Try Interactive, short, easy and fast-paced car games — and change it up frequently!
Car game ideas for toddlers, preschoolers and younger children.
Stickers work the best for I Spy play while in the car, as they don't become a projectile object in the event of an accident.
Older kids enjoy learning new things, being active and being creative — even while in the car.
Road trips are a perfect excuse to get your kids away from anything with a screen. According a study published in Pediatrics, television and video game exposure has been associated with attention problems in children. Currently, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a maximum of two hours per day of screen time — that includes TV, computers, video games and handheld games. But even then, researchers found that children who were using their two hours of "screen time" each day were up to two times more likely to be above average with attention problems.
When you've run out of games, let your child choose from two new age-appropriate books and have him read out loud to you or play an audiobook — if your child gets carsick while reading in the car.
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