On Sunday, we headed out on what should have been a 3 hour round trip to see my sister. Thanks to traffic, it ended up being 10 hours in the car! The worst thing about traffic (in Nigeria anyway) is that it’s crawling, you’re sandwiched on both sides and can’t even decide to pull over. How did we survive you ask?
Look out the window! There’s so much to see. Different vehicles, people doing different things, different colors, sounds and sights to see! This is our favorite tool and we spent most of the time spotting thing. Solu really liked this truck of watermelons with people lying on them. Another favorite was a man wearing an umbrella hat.
Books! I always have two books in my car. This book (L’imagier Deyrolle) which has lovely pictures that would be great for making language cards and this one (ispy board book). They both hold his attention and he doesn’t get bored of them. At one point I heard him say “metu let me read this book to you.” Yes he’s speaking in complete sentences and I think all of the things on this list have a lot to do with it.
You Guys are So Awesome Cards. I ALWAYS have these cards with me. They are truly awesome. I pull them out when we’re stuck in the car, when we have to stand in line, when I’m having a long conversation and need to keep him busy for a while and just any unplanned situations that we encounter. Our favorites on the Go and are the Go! And alphabet decks. They both have lots of details that interest a toddler in the sensitive period for small objects.
My Wallet: I think every toddler dreams of being an adult and wants to do what they see the adult doing. In desperate situations, I sometimes offer my wallet for exploration. There are pictures to look at, “Monik” to count, cards to slide in and out, Zips to zip and unzip and snaps to open and close. #toddlerwin!
Music: We love music and it is a fun part of our car rides. We sing at the the top of our voices and have a merry time. Some of our favorite CDs for car rides are this music together CD, this rhythm of the rocks CD, and you are my little bird by Elizabeth Mitchell
Our favorite songs are ridin in the car, obwisana, mama, mama I want a mango, and three little birds but we love all the songs on these CDs
Bonus tip: we have a potty that stays in the car. I’m not sure what we would have done otherwise.
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