My three kids argue with each other about as much as most siblings do. Which is to say, a lot. So when we all pile in the car for a long drive to visit family, I need a plan. Keeping sibling peace in the car is critical for my sanity!
We’re a road-tripping family. We drove all the way to Maryland from Texas when the twins were not quite one and Liam was four. On another trip, we drove up to St. Louis, over to Colorado, and then back home to Texas. This holiday season we’re taking it easy and staying in-state to visit my husband’s family… but it’s a big state!
It’s definitely a long enough drive for World War III to break out in the back of my minivan.
How to Keep Sibling Peace in the Car
I keep the peace by making sure the kids are busy. We bring along a supply of audiobooks and toys. Sometimes we bring a tablet with a pre-loaded movie or two. To fill in all the gaps, I put together folders for each child with an Are-We-There-Yet map, coloring sheets, and scavenger hunts.
With each of these things, I plan how the kids will share them. For instance, if we have printed scavenger hunts, each of my twins gets her own copy. Then, they work as a team with one girl looking out each side of the car. Liam sits in the third row behind Isabella, and either helps both sisters or gets his own more advanced road trip scavenger hunt.
It’s always a scramble putting these car activities together ahead of time, but it helps us so much to have plenty on hand to pull out when the kids get squirrely. (Keep reading – I have one for you!)
Holiday Road Trip Scavenger Hunt
With holiday travel in mind, I made a special kids’ road trip scavenger hunt printable. Grab a copy to pull out when you need it most, and encourage the kids to work on it as a team. Tell them to look on billboards and other signs as well as on the road. Download it here:Christmas Road Trip Scavenger Hunt
After you arrive at your destination, if you want to do another scavenger hunt, you can try out this lovely free Winter scavenger hunt printable – it’s just right for you if you are somewhere that has seasons but not much snow.