Yes, a road trip. With two kids under the age of 4. Should be interesting, yes?
It takes roughly 5 hours to drive from Toronto to Montreal, but we’ll have to make more stops than usual to let the kids stretch their legs and move around a bit… not to mention time for diaper changes and potty trips. In an effort to stave off whining and moaning, I’ve prepared a bunch of surprise “gifts” for K to open – 5 in total, one for each hour on the road:
- Digital camera (a kid one, of course)
- Sticker album and reusable stickers
- Toy car (she requested one, actually)
- Washable markers and some blank paper
- Play mais (corn-based puffs that stick together when wet) and a small damp sponge in a tupperware
- Foam stickers and blank index cards
- Wooden blocks
- Magnetic dress-up princess tin (as in, the princesses are printed on the tin and their magnetic clothes are stored inside)
- Veterinarian kit – doctor bag and small stuffed farm animals
- Play-doh, rolling pin, and cookie cutter
You’ll notice that of the first five items, four are things I don’t mind losing. I kept some of the “keeper” toys for the homeward trip so that there’s less chance of them going missing. There’s nothing that can’t be cleaned up with baby wipes, and nothing that could be dangerous if N got his hands on them.
But how, you ask, can K play with a toy car, markers, and blocks in the car? Simple. We bought her one of these:
Anyhow, I’m hoping that with the hourly surprise toys, the stop at a petting zoo, and some judiciously applied kids’ music, the trip might actually be fun for us all.
Wish me luck. I’m going to need it.