Toddler Activities for a 21+ Hour Long Road Trip

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If you’ve read my previous post, I’ve shared with you some of the snacks I took with us for our long road trip down to Florida from New Hampshire. But of course only snacks won’t cut it, right? Little kid’s need a lot more than just snacks to keep them content for a long road trip, such as ours, or a long flight where kid’s can easily get bored in no time.

What do you do when they get bored or start complaining and you’ve only traveled for an hour? Fun and engaging activities of course! So I’m sharing with you what activities I chose for our 3.5 and 1.5 year old’s that worked well and kept our little journey complaint free.

{Bare with me as I took all the photos with an iphone}

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Wipe-Clean Workbook– My daughter absolutely loves this workbook! All you need is a dry erase marker and this workbook and you’ve got yourself hours of quiet time in the backseat! Best part is that you can easily wipe it clean with a paper towel and do the whole workbook all over again!

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Melissa and Doug Reusable Sticker Pad- Kid’s will have fun decorating their own rooms, building their own construction sites and much more! (I chose Vehicles and Play House).

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My Pretty Pink Dance Purse– Filled with fun activities, such as mazes, crosswords and coloring in. It also has a 1000 stickers that go along with each page! How fun is this for girls!

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Coloring books/crayon box- Kid’s can never get bored of the good old crayons and coloring books.

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Kid’s favorite books- I’ve picked the ones they love to read and peak at because I know they’ll be at them for a longer time. My daughter loves the Frozen one! I get my books primarily at thrift and resale stores, like Goodwill and Lots for Tots (the catch-they’re only .50 each! Can’t beat that).

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Couple toys for my 1.5 year old son- An activity cube is great, because every side has something engaging and keeps the baby interested longer!

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Leap Frog Fridge Polyphonic, ABC Go Fish Flashcards, Disney Eye Found It Flashcards– These are always awesome. My little one loves to go through the flashcards and name the animals or say the sounds they make. He’ll be doing this for quite some time!

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Other great ideas:


Magic markers- We used these on a different road trip we took and we loved them because the marker won’t work on anything besides the book, which means no ruined car seats!

Finger Paints- Also used in the past, however I don’t particularly liked the idea of using a finger (not sure how safe or toxic the paint is) so I took a foam paint brush along to use instead of finger.


Some additional tips!


Slumber Slings– I recommend getting these head slings for when kid’s are ready for their naps. It keeps their little heads from falling forward and their necks from hurting after. We use these every time kid’s fall asleep in the car, not just on road trips and we love them.

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Bubbles– Bring some soap bubbles along! My kids had fun running around at rest areas catching and popping them and at the same time stretching their legs after a long drive span.

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Playground or play areas- Search for playgrounds or food places with play areas. We stopped at Chick-fil-A pretty much for every lunch. The food is great, the service is great and the kids loved the play areas. We also found several playgrounds as we were traveling and stopped by so kid’s can get in their exercise in. Spending only 15-30 mins running around will help kid’s release their energy and stretch their legs. We let them run around a little longer, either at a playground or play area before bedtime, so they can wind down super quick for the night!

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Let me know what activities and ideas you’ve used in the past that helped you travel long distances, I’d be very glad to hear! Also I have a post about what snacks I took and how I packed mine and my kids clothes into one carry-on sized bag, check them out!


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