The Greenhabilitator is packing her bags...
The family Greenhab will be on the road later this week, heading to New Orleans. I'm already feeling guilty about the fact that we're driving (yeah, I thought 24 hours each way in the car with kids sounded like an awesome way to spend a vacation) but hopefully the purpose of the trip will make up for it. We were invited by friends who are taking a youth group to do some relief work in the area. I'm looking forward to the Habitat for Humanity build since I've always wanted to do one. We'll also have the opportunity to do some work with the homeless and see the effects of the oil leak first hand. Not to mention the fact that I've never been to New Orleans, so I'm just plain excited to see the city.
My soul has been buying theoretical carbon credits in the form of handmade entertainment to make up for the long drive. I seriously considered hitting the dollar store, thinking I'd buy a bunch of little gifts and games to pull out for the kids along the way. When it came down to it though, I just couldn't do it.
Instead, I've been busy making sing along mix tapes (okay, CDs), renting books on CD, and creating games for the kids to play. I made a laminated ABC card the kids can use to play a variety of games. They look for the letters on signs, or take turns naming words that start with each letter.
You can find an easy tutorial for it on my blog. I'm also in the process of making a travel bingo game that will look something like this...
Can I confess that I'm kind of excited to play?
And one of my favorites is the clipboard car caddy. I made one for Fletcher awhile back, but still need to whip one up for Macy. I posted the tutorial on Make it From Scratch a few months ago. They're great to carry in the car so paper and crayons don't end up all over the place and the kids have a surface to press down on.
So tell me Boothers, what are your tricks and tips for long car trips? I can use all the help I can get!