Now, don't get all excited, it's not MY road trip! My friend Amy is heading to Minnesota with her son and her S.O. this summer, and she asked me to research car activities for the soon-to-be second grader. She's a woman after my own heart and won't let him take that pesky portable DVD player!
I suggested that she buy postcards along the way and have him keep a travel journal on the back. That's what I do when I travel - it makes a great and inexpensive souvenir! I also suggested she hold things in reserve and dole them out throughout the trip so he frequently has something new to look at. I think I suggested something else, but now I can't remember what it was!
And then, I turned to my good friend google (what DID we do before google, anyway?)...
I found the coolest website! Momsminivan.com has a TON of great ideas and free printables - lots of different bingo cards, song lyrics, and more.
The family crafts page at about.com features 10 great travel activities, though I can't say I know anyone who would dare take glue on a road trip! Do they still make those roll-on tubes of clear glue? I used those as a kid. Not too messy.
The Parent Site has some more great ideas. This makes two sites that suggest giving your child a sheet of aluminum foil and letting them make whatever they want with it. Intriguing. Not something I would ever have thought of!
So Amy, there are a few ideas to get you started. Seriously, the bingo cards at momsminivan.com are pretty darn cool. Wish they had those when I was going on all those horribly long car rides as a kid!
Anyone have any other ideas for Amy?