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Summer is in full swing over here, and that means one thing: we’re always on-the-go! Whether we’re visiting a local children’s museum or traveling to another state for a family vacation, we spend a lot of time in the car during the summer. Today I’ll be sharing some tips & tricks to keep little ones entertained during long road trips. Before heading out on any road trips, we always make sure that our car is ready for all that driving. When it comes to oil changes, nothing compares to Pennzoil Platinum®: Full Synthetic Motor Oil with PurePlus™ Technology. In fact, Pennzoil motor oil helps clean out sludge that other oils leave behind. By the way, we get our oil changed at Walmart’s Auto Care Center- it’s convenient, affordable & quick!
Within the next two weeks, we plan on taking another road trip. We’ll be heading to a nearby children’s amusement park, where we can go on the rides, tour the various attractions, visit the hotel pool, and just enjoy a nice break from the everyday routine. To get all of our road trips essentials (snacks, drinks, entertainment, etc.), we always head to Walmart. While we’re shopping for everything we need, we drop off the car at the Auto Care Center at Walmart. By the time we’re done shopping, the car is usually ready for pick-up. Let me share with you what I bought to keep the little one entertained on long car rides.
10 Ways to Entertain Little Kids on Road Trips
1. Make discovery bottles. It’s super easy to make these discovery bottles for little kids. All you need is an empty water bottle, rice, glitter, pom poms, beads, small figurines, etc.
Place everything into the bottle.
Screw the cap onto the bottle and secure with hot glue. Shake well! The kids love to shake this bottle and look for specific pom pom colors or specific figurines.
2. Wrap small toys. Pick up a bunch of small toys from the store: figurine, squishy ball, musical clapper, etc.
Wrap the little toys individually. Half of the fun will be unwrapping these little gifts!
3. Play with pipe cleaners. Pipe cleaners are a fabulous tool to keep the kids entertained on long road trips. I love that pip cleaners don’t make a mess and can be shaped into various animals, flowers, letters, etc.
4. Make a portable art set. Got an old DVD case? Transform it into a portable art set that’s perfect for making masterpieces on-the-go! Simply slide some white paper into the left side and add some colored pencils to the right side! Happy drawing!
5. Print a map for the kids. My kids always love to be fully involved in everything we do. So when we’re in the car driving to our destination, I sometimes like to print out a kid-sized map for them to hold in the backseat. I wrap the map in clear contact paper to make it a bit more durable, and I even hand them a toy car for pretend driving play. This activity makes it easy for me to teach them about maps, highways, directions, and so on.
6. Bring a felt play board. You can buy one of these felt boards from the store or you can make one yourself. Simply wrap some felt around a piece of cardboard. Then cut out shapes of different animals and other scene elements. Check out this one I recently made of an underwater scene!
7. Play with glow sticks. Especially if you’ll be driving in the early morning or late evening (when it’s dark outside), glow sticks are a fun way to keep kids entertained in the back seat. My kids love to wave these glow sticks and admire the beautiful, bright colors.
8. Keep track along the way. Got a kid who loves to look out the window? Print out this sheet and let her keep track of what she sees. Did she spot a red car? Add a tally mark to this sheet! She can create a running tally of how many red cars, deer, flowers, etc. she sees along the way!
9. Play games on a tablet / smartphone. Sometimes electronic entertainment is the way to go! My kids love to play some fun (yet educational) games on my smartphone or tablet. They also enjoy scrolling through the pictures on my device and reliving memories of past birthdays, play dates, trips, etc.
10. Carry portable snacks. A well-fed child is a content child. Make sure you always have plenty of snacks available for car trips. We usually bring fruits, raisins and crackers.
Now that the kids are ready for the road trip, it’s time to make sure that the car is all set! Did you know you can get your oil changed at Walmart? I love that I can conveniently get that done while shopping!
By getting my oil changed with Pennzoil at the Walmart Auto Care Center, I can save time & money for all those summer road trips.
Every time I visit the Walmart Auto Care Center, the staff is always friendly and helpful. Check out Walmart’s Auto Care Center to get your car in top shape for road trips.
My local Walmart’s Auto Care Center even has a lovely waiting room with refreshments, comfy couches and a television!
One thing I love to do is peek through the glass and watch the expert technicians work on my car. If you love a great deal, you’ll love this: Pennzoil High mileage is on Rollback ($39.88 on Rollback to $35.88) from June 15 through September 28! So head over to Walmart to take advantage of this fabulous deal while it lasts!
By the way, our vehicle has close to 75K miles on it. Once it reaches the 75K-mile mark, we will switch to Pennzoil® High Mileage Vehicle® motor oil. This oil is effective at cleaning out the sludge that other motor oils leave behind! Pennzoil motor oil also helps to reduce leaks & oil consumption in older engines. Got a new or late model vehicle with more than 75,000 miles on it? Try Pennzoil® High Mileage Vehicle® motor oil to keep your engine running in top shape! Click here to find your nearest Auto Care Center!
Now, learn more about what makes Pennzoil motor oil unique and tell me: Have you ever had your vehicle’s oil changed at Walmart before? How do you keep little kids entertained during long road trips? Are you going away this summer?