Road trips are hard enough, but throw in a car-sick-prone kid, and you’ve really got a challenge. How will you entertain your child in the car when she gets queasy reading, watching movies, or even coloring?
Here are three easy groups of ideas.
Tips for Getting Started with Audiobooks
- Start with collections of simple short stories
- Try stories they already know
- Push <Play> when they’re alert and well rested
- Hit pause to explain
- If they don’t like it try a different story
We started with audio version of books we’d already read and enjoyed at home. Some of our early audiobooks were classic children’s stories:
We listened to them on a road trip to Colorado when my twins were 4. The girls could follow along without seeing the pictures because they’d already seen them plenty at home.
Once the kids could follow short stories well, we introduced chapter books. Our family has enjoyed many series books:
- The Ramona books
- The Magic Tree House series
- The Boxcar Children
- The Humphrey books
- Wayside School stories
- The Ralph S. Mouse collection
…and more (affiliate links).
- Check that your child understood
- Ask what they would do if they were in the story
- Have fun making predictions about what will happen next
- Help the child relate what’s going on in the story to other familiar stories and to real life.
There are tons of verbal games you can play in the car. I wrote about our favorite car trip games last year. Most of these would work for a carsick prone child. I think we’ve gotten the most mileage out of I Spy, but you can only play that for so long before everyone is tired of it.
Having a tendency for motion sickness doesn’t have to sentence your child to hours of boredom. Car trips are a great time for families to unplug and enjoy time together – and no one needs to get car sick staring at a sceen.
P.S. I just found some great information from a pediatrician about motion sickness. If you want a medical perspective, you may find it helpful.