I may have developed a website, but at my core, I’m an “old school” parent. My son doesn’t have a tablet. We don’t have a DVD player in our car. You won’t find a video game console in our home. And I recently mentioned to my husband that my son is 6 years old and has never even used a smartphone during a road trip or on a plane ride.
We aren’t technophobes by any means. We have 5 smartphones, 2 tablets, and 2 laptops in our home. my son plays games on PBSKids.org once a week, has math assignments to do online, and is learning how to spell by texting uncles and aunts. We just simply believe that technology will come into his life naturally as the years pass, so we see no need to accelerate it.
So when it comes to kids travel entertainment, we stick to our old school ways. On road trips a box full of books, puzzles, games, stickers, colored pencils, and toys sits in the back seat within arm’s reach. All of these things make their way onto plane rides inside a backpack, joined by invisible ink games, maze books, and magnets. And we always encourage my son to look up and out – watching the scenery go by is a favorite pastime while traveling.
Two of the books that have driven hundreds of miles and flown across the country over the years are Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever and Cars and Trucks and Things That Go. I bought these books when my son was 3 years old. Of course, at that time, they simply served as picture books. I’ve taped many rips in the pages from being pored over trip after trip after trip.
Around age 4 my son started asking me what the words were, so the plane trips flew by (pun intended) while I helped pronounce the words quietly out loud.
Now at age 6, it’s a joy to see my son start to read the books solo. When a new or difficult word appears, it’s spelled for me while I’m driving or I’m nudged on the plane for a little help.
I know your kids, both girls, and boys will enjoy these books as well. From breakfast to bedtime, Best Word Book Ever takes kids on a fun journey through their day and their world. Words describe all kinds of experiences, from school to construction sites to doctor visits. And as with any Richard Scarry book, every time you read it you’ll see something new.
In Cars and Trucks and Things That Go, your kids will love following the Pig Family as they make their way to the beach, through traffic containing every possible vehicle from the real roadster to the imaginary pickle car. And on every page, kids will have fun looking for Goldbug to see what unique contraption he’s riding in.
I think it’s safe to say these two books are the best investment I’ve made when it comes to kids’ travel entertainment. They’ve already had nearly 3 years of use and I know they will be loved for many more years to come!