Portable Travel Games for Car or Plane Travel
Felt Face Game:
Road Trip Travel Magnetic Puzzle
2. Trim a picture to fit on the craft sticks, and glue it to the center of the sticks.
3. Once the glue is dry, remove the tape from the back of the sticks.
4. Use a knife to cut the picture apart where the sticks meet.
5. Apply a coat of Mod Podge to the top of each picture strip as a sealer. Allow the strips to dry.
6. Cut two small squares of the adhesive magnet strip for each Popsicle stick. Peel the paper backing off and press the sticky side onto the top and bottom of the back of the sticks.
7. Place all the pieces in a small cookie sheet; this makes it perfect for traveling and keeping all the pieces together in the car or plane!
If you’re a frequent flyer, you are probably familiar with jet-lag: the dreaded sense of fatigue and lethargy settling in after a long flight, the inability to do anything for several hours after flying, even if only on a short flight, etc. Try these home-remedies to rid yourself of air-weariness, or prevent it altogether.
1) Melatonin-Melatonin is a hormone whose key job is to control the body's internal clock that plays an important role in when we fall asleep and when we wake up. Melatonin supplements are thought to help the body quickly adjust to the new surroundings, as the hormone is triggered by light. If it is light at your destination when you’d normally be sleeping, your internal clock will be disrupted. For jet lag, practitioners generally suggest taking a 0.5 mg tablet of melatonin a night for three nights, one hour before a normal bedtime.
2) Adjusting Sleep and Wake Time-Another strategy to avoid jet lag involves adjusting a person's bedtime and wake time. Before your trip, try to go to bed earlier or later to align your sleep schedule with that of your destination’s as best you can. This process should start at least three days in advance, and will ultimately help with recovering from jet-lag and time differences.
3) Adjusting meal times-Studies have shown that your internal clock does not only function off of your sleeping and waking times; when you eat also has a hand in it. Moving your meal times closer to when you’ll be eating at your destination will help your body adjust to your destination when you do eventually get there. However, don’t drastically change your meal times all at once; that isn’t healthy, either. Be sure to slowly move your meal times over the course of several days.
4) Stay hydrated-Don’t forget to drink plenty of water before your flight- more than you normally would. Also, avoid coffee, tea, and other caffeinated beverages for a few days before your flight and alcohol during your flight.
5) Try to Sleep-If none of these tricks worked for you and you’re still being plagued by jet-lag, do all you can to get the appropriate amount of sleep for a few days after your flight. Limit sleep distractions, listen to soothing music, avoid fatty foods and heavy exercise just before bedtime, and take a hot bath before you go to sleep to relax your muscles. If you still can’t sleep, consider medication to remedy jet-lag. Sleep is very important, and you can’t be on top of your game without it.
6) Take a Nap!-When you arrive at your new destination, it is important to get on their time schedule as soon as you arrive. If it is morning when you arrive – you may be tempted to go to sleep because it is night time at home. AVOID! AVOID! AVOID! Go out, have a coffee, visit a museum, go shopping etc. In the afternoon, schedule a one-two hour nap. Then get up and go to dinner, stay out and wait to go to bed until your “regular” time – 10:00 PM etc. Schedule a wake-up call the next morning for 7 AM or your usual waking time. The first few afternoons will be rough, but you will adjust in no time!
Restaurant Waiting Games
Arrange 12, 16, 20, or 24 packets on the table in straight lines of four. Now have two players take turns removing one, two, or three packets at a time. The player who picks up the last packet loses.
Hide an even number of pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters under the packets and take turns trying to find matching pairs.
Player 1 crosses out a key word on a paper menu. Then player 2, player 3 etc. Continue taking turns. Then read aloud the new food items they have generated. Mustard Pancakes and Jelly Steak. Mmmmm good!
Have you ever wondered how those little tea bags that you plop in your mug every morning come to be? If you’re looking for something to do on a rainy day, or you want to find good tourist attraction in Denver, Celestial Seasonings Tea Factory is the place to go.
Step inside Celestial Seasonings headquarters and immediately be greeted by a plethora of pleasant aromas arising from the many pounds of tea around you. You’ll start off your free guided tour with a short video explaining the origin of tea and how Celestial Seasonings came about, including a brief overview of their company and most popular teas, if you don’t know much about them. Gear up with the provided hair nets and head past the signature Sleepytime bear into the factory. In room after room of tea stores, you’ll find out where the tea ingredients come from, how they are harvested, how tea flavors are created, and how they are tested. You’ll also learn all about the many different types of tea and what each is used for. You’ll be given the opportunity to see, smell, and feel the fresh herbs that go into Celestial Seasonings tea bags. See crates packed chalk full of tea bags in all your favorite flavors, and try to guess the ingredients in each one.Move past the store rooms into the infamous Mint Room, where you’ll be bombarded with the refreshing scent of mint to cleanse your sinuses. The smell is overpowering at first, but you’ll quickly grow to love it. In the last part of the tour, see how tea is pressed into bags, packaged into boxes, and packed into cases for shipment; the Celestial Seasonings factory in Denver provides tea for all 50 states, and even some international countries. Hear about some mind-blowing statistics involved in tea-making, and get an “up-close” look at all the machinery at the factory. At the conclusion of the tour, you’ll receive a free package of tea bags of your very own to keep and brew at home.
After you exit the tour, you’ll be able to taste-test as many of the teas that you want, all for free, and buy boxes of fresh Celestial Seasonings teas, along with memorabilia to prove to friends that you got to witness tea-making in action. The Celestial Seasonings tour is definitely a fun time for kids and parents alike, and is something you won’t want to miss when you’re passing through Denver.
Sleep Ease with Babies and Toddlers
Let’s face it. When you are traveling with little ones, you need to provide nap and night time safe sleeping arrangements whether you are camping, at the beach or just on the go. Most hotels have pack’n plays, but there are lots of travel spots that don’t provide safe sleeping arrangements for baby.
Pack’n plays are big and weigh a lot. You need something light, small, easy to put together and most importantly, safe and comfortable for your little one.
The Portable Baby Blog gives practical information about the top portable cribs for your baby. Basically, if you are going to be camping, spending time at the beach or outside – Phil & Ted’s Traveller is the best option for you. Baby is off the ground, safe from mosquitos and sun and easy to take in and out of his or her bed even in a tent as it has both a top and side entrance. The sides are also 6-12” taller than the other portable cribs so it works with toddlers, too! Outdoor enthusiasts also favor the KidCo Portable self-inflating Travel Bed as it weighs just 5 pounds and sets up in minutes.
For the traveler who plans to be indoors only, Baby Bjorn weighing in at 11 pounds is the winner because it is easier to set up and break down and the bed is a bit more comfy for baby. The Lotus is a close second, but it “weighs” in at 13 pounds so your luggage may be overweight quickly!
When you need a few moments of QUIET
Take turns picking out four words from road signs. Give the words to the other players who have one minute or two minutes to use the words in a four-line, rhyming poem using one word per line. For older children, you can select more challenging words.
Here is an example: 65, route, Mississippi, fuel
Here we go, here we go. All the way.
65 miles to go today!
Fuel the car and don’t delay
Mississippi we will be there some day.
One Minute of Words
Player 1 announces a letter from the alphabet. Players write as many words as possible that start with that letter. When a minute is up, player 1 says "Stop!" and all the players put down their pencils. Whoever has the most “real” words wins. The winner selects the next letter. Hint: Be sure to decide in advance whether you can finish writing a word you've already started when the game ends.
Round 2 can also include having each player write a sentence with as many of the words they selected as he or she can.
Ask each player to write down as many words as they can from the letters in a phrase such as "Are we there yet?" or "When will we be at the zoo?" The winner will then come up with the next phrase.
Design Your Own Road Sign
Player 1 selects a destination or place that you will visit (example: museum with largest ball of string or rest stop or gas station). Other players have three minutes to draw the “best” sign that depicts that destination. Player 1 chooses the winner. The winner now selects the next destination.