Wednesday, July 05, 2006

What I Am I Looking For Next??!!




This is one of the ways that I make driving home exciting and bearable for our two youngest guys (ages 4 & 6). It's a good way to break up the trip into manageable pieces. Once we're on our way, I tell the guys to look for some visible landmark coming up - a restaurant, a store, a factory or construction zone with big earth-movers, a home with something unusual in the yard. They get very excited and start looking. The older kids will usually help with hints or which side of the car to be looking. Sometimes when I'm feeling especially brain-fried, the older kids will help me come up with things to look for. The littles guys really get into it, "What's next?! What's next?!" and "I see it! There is it!" When we get closer to home, they start seeing things that they're used to looking for and so recognize that home is close.

It's pretty mind-less and I don't hear, "Are we almost home yet??!!" a hundred times a trip (X2).

Works for me! Drive on over to Rocks in My Dryer for some other great ideas to make life easier!

10 comments:

Mama Duck said...

Great idea, I'll definitely use this when my little guy gets older, thanks!

Barb, sfo said...

Great idea! Wish I'd thought of it YEARS ago. We'll definitely be using it :)

Jen and family said...

youve brought nack childhood memories for me
we use to do this as kids :)

pastormac said...

and I thought you were just doing this for me, so that I wouldn't get us lost as I drove us home!

Carol said...

OOoooo....You are way creative! I sort of plug mine into electronic devices and it's a quiet trip. Of course, now that they're older, I'd probably get the MoooOOOOOooommmm treatment if I tried to play this game.

Good one!

Pam said...

Schmmmaart Cooookie.
Pam

Laurie said...

Another fun looking game is to find a word on a sign or store that starts with the letter "A", then find one with the letter "B",
etc. They compete with seeing who can find the next word. It works!

Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) said...

good idea - we drive a lot to our cabin and my son gets very bored!

shannon @ rocks in my dryer said...

Thanks for playing along! And can I just tell you how much I love the title of your blog!

owlhaven said...

Great idea!

Mary