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For calm holiday travel and less stress, do some thinking and preparation before you go and get the kids involved on the way.
  • Choose short games that donít take long to play and that fit in with short stops or waits between other activities such as themed snap cards.
  • If travelling by car make sure all the items needed to entertain during the trip, or as soon as you get to your destination, are not packed under everything else. A bit like making sure the kettle is easy to use when you move to a new house!
  • Remember to take some zip top plastic bags to put playpieces in and keep them all safe. Some play sets donít have lids on the displaybox relying on the plastic wrapper to hold it all together in the box, butopened thereís nowhere to store the bits.
  • Set a time limit on playing games, then move on to somethingdifferent. It works for both children and adults to stop the boredom.
  • I-Spy can be used anywhere that thereís something to see Ėor hear!
  • The in car game using car registration plate letters can beused in airports Ė try using flight numbers or airport tags (eg HRW) tostimulate silly sentences, words or phrases.
  • Draw up a list of likely things you would expect to see atan airport or on a boat and use this for a scavenger-style hunt. Work in pairsor groups so that children donít get lost in an unfamiliar place.
  • Some games are packed in bulky boxes for display, but takeall the essential items out of the box and pack them in a suitcase.
  • Use the games on planes that donít matter if an item is mislaidwhile travelling. Those bits that get on the floor can be found later(hopefully!).
  • If something needs batteries, remember to take the chargerand spare rechargeable batteries packed in your case.

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