GOOD Activities to do:


  • Box of fiddles:  Bubble wrap, Scoobydoo wire, Pipe cleaners, Elastic bands
  • Having bags of various activities to pull out at different stages
  • Ziploc Bag (sealed with tape) or something stronger filled with dry rice and small objects (beads, plastic bugs, paperclips, matches, etc.), then the child must find the objects without opening the bags.
  • Squashy squeezy stress balls
  • A few novel toys (Shop at Crazy Stores) now and again during the long trip.
  • Touchy Feely Books
  • Music –sing-a-long songs (Don’t have music on the whole time.  Put it on in bursts, have it loud, enjoy it, then turn it off – to prevent overstimulation and irritation)
  • Wrapping up all these kinds of things you would give them anyway (snack, toy, book, etc.), then when they must find e.g. I spy:  a windmill, bridge, the winner can open something
  • Let them thread an Otee/Cheerio necklace, then eat one by one
  • Suck activities since it is calming to the nervous system (long straw with a Yogi sip)
  • Magnetic drawing boards


Safe travels!  Remember to enjoy the trip, and display patients on the road this holiday season.

We all look forward to the holidays, but how do we keep those little ones busy?

It should not cost you a lot of money to have fun. You can use things from your house and garden to create new toys and games.

  • Paint. Mix half a cup of flour with half a cup of salt. Add half a cup of water. Divide and put into different sandwich bags. Add a few drops of food colouring and blend.
  • Play dough. Mix 1 cup of flour, half a cup of salt, 2 teaspoons of cream of tartar, 1 spoon of cooking oil and 1 cup of boiling water. Divide the dough and add a few drops of food colouring.
  • Make a house from an old box – cut in a door and a few windows.
  • Take an empty apple box and make a car from it. Pop popcorn and have a movie at the “drive-in.”
  • Use old boxes, pipes, etc. to make an obstacle course for toy cars.
  • Build a robot from empty boxes and paint it.
  • Make masks from paper plates.
  • Make binoculars from empty toilet rolls and decorate them.
  • Put unprinted newspaper on the wall for drawing and painting activities.
  • Make a necklace from beads or macaroni. Let them paint the beads or macaroni.
  • Play hide-and-seek.
  • Use grey water for outside water play. Provide buckets and spoons and cups.
  • Make an obstacle course outside using tables, chairs, boxes, hoola-hoops, etc.
  • Build a farm in the garden using e.g. sticks, stones and leaves.
  • Read stories together.
  • Create your own storybook by cutting and pasting pictures from old magazines.
  • Bake gingerbread men and let the children decorate it.
  • Make a tent using linen and blankets.
  • Play ‘shop.’ Make pretend money and sell and buy household items.
  • Play games such as ‘I spy with my little eye...’ or ‘Simon says...’

Let your imagination go and enjoy the holiday.

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” Fred Rogers

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