I have had several questions about the car trip. 8+ hours in the car with a 3 and 5 year old. It actually was around 9 going there and 10 coming home.
I think that's one of the reasons I was so surprised at how well the trip went. The drive was so easy. I brought a ton of things along to do and staggered when I gave them to them. We stopped about every 2-2 1/2 hours. One of the stops each direction was for lunch at a play place. After that stop, Noah was allowed to play with his Leapster with the headphones and Aaron slept. That lasted about an hour and a half. When Aaron woke up each time, we stopped for a snack and bathroom break and then broke out the movies. Winnie the Pooh movies tend to be the favorites in the car.
I had also bought Noah a Mandala book. Are you familiar with these? They are pictures of just round patterns of different shapes that you color. Along with some new markers (there's just something special about new markers) he was amused for over an hour. I got them both a clipboard to put their activities on. Noah still picks it up every time we go somewhere in the car.
We also had bought some books on CD packages from the Scholastic book orders...they're too expensive if you buy them any other way. These kept Aaron occupied quite well too.
One of the reasons that it was good that we fixed the van instead of getting a car...if squabbles started, we could move Noah to the back and they were separated for awhile.
All in all, the drive was way better than I had anticipated. I am a lot less worried about the 24 hour drive to Disney next March because not only did they do well on this trip, they will be a year older and that much more able to handle it.
What are your ideas for amusing children on long car rides?