Next week we’ll take our annual trip to Kentucky for the Jones Family Reunion. This is an event that we look forward to every year. It’s a time to reunite with family and loved ones, to pass on our heritage, and to make new memories. We’ll spend the weekend cooking out, teaching the kids wonderful games like “drop the hankie” and “kick the can”, and laughing over the antics of past reunions (like the time “someone” put a frog in the lightening bug can and Grammaw opened it).
As I eagerly anticipate the coming week, I’m also filled with a bit a dread. This will be a nine hour drive, each way, with a five year old girl. I’m scrambling to come up with activities that will keep her entertained and (doubtful) prevent the dreaded, “Are we there yet!?” I’ve come up with a few things.
1. We are a member of the DVD plan for Netflix. I’ve rented a couple of movies that hopefully will buy some time.
2. I’ve recently discovered the 123 Homeschool 4 Me website. This amazing lady has TONS of materials and packets for kids of many ages and educational levels. I’m going to print out a few so that we can do them on the road.
3. We’ll be headed to the library in the morning to check out a new load of books (some on Independence Day because I can’t pass up a good opportunity to learn something new). The library also has a nice selection of movies so we may get a couple of extras. In addition, we like to check out audio books.
4. We always have a fun bag that includes some of HF’s favorite toys and few new ones that I pick up from the Dollar Store.
I’ll keep scouring Pinterest for new ideas, and will add to this post if I find any that I absolutely love. What have you done that has worked well for you?