4 Tips: Keeping Kids Entertained on a Car Journey

There is nothing quite like jumping in the car to embark on a road trip adventure.

The stress of packing up and leaving everyday life behind starts to dissipate as a feeling of freedom abounds with each passing mile.

Add a couple of kids to the back seat and suddenly the romantic notion of hitting the road becomes less straightforward. Parents are soon overwhelmed by the constant cries of “I’m hungry,” “I’m bored” and “Are we there yet?”

As a parent, you know how difficult it is to keep your children entertained on a long (and even sometimes short) car journey, this blog post will give you tips and tricks on how to get the family to their destination safely, with less stress, and of course with content kids!

Tip 1:

Healthy snacks It's easy to fall into the habit of packing crisps, chocolate bars and cakes when driving to far destinations. Just like a car needs petrol to run well, our childrens bodies need proper nutrition to function optimally, especially if it is growing and developing rapidly, and what a better way to get in the five-a-day during a car trip!

Not only is healthy snacking so important for children as their smaller stomachs fill up fast and they burn energy quickly - in fact studies show that snacks contribute over 20% of the daily energy intake of children, but most importantly, snacking can distract little children from feeling bored in the car.

As a general rule, it is best to offer a vegetable or fruit as the main snack item alongside some whole grain, milk, or protein options.

I also give each child their own snack bag so they don’t fight over the food.

Tip 2:

Colouring in has an important place in child development and can easily be incorporated into a long car journey whilst keeping them entertained. It provides an opportunity to practice and develop many skills such as concentration, fine motor and coordination for early writing skills and correct finger grip.

MG has a range of colouring sheets to choose from, including Morris the Bear and his MG car. Your kids are able to tap into their creative side by using felt tips, crayons or pencils to add life into these colouring sheets.

Tip 2: Audio Books

Playing kids music is great way to keep the kids entertained, but playing audio books, now that's another innovative way to keep the kids engaged through a trip.

Playing fairy tales or their favorite classic books will keep the kids’ minds active and of course the backseat quiet! The MG ZS EV car is super family-friendly with a 6-Speaker Audio System with 3D Sound, perfect for everyone in the car to hear absolutely everything whilst bringing the audio books to life!

Tip 3: Travel Toys

Let’s face it, it gets extremely boring for kids in the car all the time. Having a toy around can keep those brains working, staving off boredom and giving you time to focus on the journey - however you choose to travel.r. Giving everyone an appropriate toy - one that is preferably of no interest to the other if you have more than one kids - means you don’t have to handle the constant shouts about being bored, or having your kids argue with each other.

It's no secret that journeys with your little ones can be a little stressful, so having something that keeps them happy and entertained will not only keep them happy in the short-term, but also allow you the option to travel farther and make different memories, regularly. After all, when you know you can take a longer trip without the aggravation of boredom, you’re more likely to take those trips in the first place.

Tip 4: Games

The secret to successful family road trips comes down to one thing, being prepared. That means thinking ahead and packing for all eventualities be it charging up the iPad, borrowing audio books from the library and brushing up on some good old-fashioned games such as ;

'I spy with my little eye', 'The name game', 'Memory shop game' and one of my favourites, 'Guess the speed limit game'.

The MG speed limit assist system, as featured on MG ZS EV, can be used in this game - it remind drivers (and the family) of the current speed limit of the road, and in doing so, helps them to drive more safely. The speed limit appears as an icon on the instrument cluster and remains visible until the speed of the vehicle is amended or the speed limit changes.

MG has recently conducted a survey to discover in the eyes of their kids, who is the best driver, mum or dad? View the survey results here. Check out the full MG SUV range to discover the perfect SUV for your family. Each model in the range comes at an affordable price and is jam-packed with the latest tech and gadgets to make travelling with the family as smooth a journey as possible.

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