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Make a travel box for your child. You will need a sturdy container with a lid that can be used as a game board or table. An aluminum cake pan with a plastic lid works well. Cut out a large piece of felt to fit on the inside of the lid. Cut out small felt shapes of different colors and store them in a small zipper bag. Inside the pan, store a pad of paper, some crayons, a pair of dice, a deck of cards, the large piece of felt and the bag of felt shapes. You might also include a small cloth bag with a drawstring. Fill the bag with small plastic cars, animals, people, etc.
- Your child would lay the pan lid on his lap upside-down and then place the large piece of felt inside the lid. This will be his felt board. Then he can arrange and rearrange the felt pieces on his board, however he wishes.
CARDS - Play Fish or War with your child, or just let her enjoy sorting the deck of cards.
- Here are some ways to use the dice. Your child can roll the dice and try to get pairs. Or you can call out a number and your child rolls the dice until he gets that number. Or your child can play a game where he rolls until he gets a one, then he rolls until he gets a two, and so on up to six.
GUESSING GAME - This is a guessing game involving some of the small objects inside the cake pan. Hide one of the objects from the pan into the drawstring bag and let your child try to guess what is hidden inside without opening the bag.
Dot-to-dot books
View Masters
Quiet Books (with things to button, zip, and snap)
COLOR HUNT - call out a color and type of a vehicle. Example: Blue Truck. See who can find the first one.
COUNTING - Many miles disappear when you are counting. Set a time period (such as until 3:00 or until we reach a certain mile marker). "Let's see how many campers we can count." Or, another time, you might decide to count semi-trucks.
LETTERS - Older children can look for letters on signs to spell their names and other words. Younger children may not know how to spell but they can look for special familiar letters. Another letter game is to pick a letter, such as, B and everyone looks for things that start with the B sound.

Large tablets of paper and crayons are best. (Sharp pencils can be dangerous for young children if the car makes a sudden stop).
PICTURE BEGINNINGS - Draw a few lines or shapes on the paper. Have your child make something out of your beginning shapes. Accept whatever they draw. Never tell children what to draw. If they ask for ideas, suggest that they draw something happy.
ADD A FEATURE - Two or more people can work at this activity. The object of the picture is to end up with a picture of a person. Everyone takes turns drawing on one feature of the person at a time. The picture is passed around until everyone has had two or three turns. These turn out real funny.
ANIMAL SOUNDS - Make animal sounds and let your children take turns naming the animals. If your children are able to do so, let them take turns making the animal sounds.
MATCH-UPS - Name an object that usually is associated with another object or objects. Let your children take turns naming it's partner.
Examples: salt/pepper; fork/spoon; shoes/socks; table/chair, etc.
Do not be too particular, accept any answer that has an association of any kind.
COLORS - Name a color and have your children take turns naming things that are always that color. See who can name the most.
Example: Yellow = lemon, banana, corn, daffodil
STORY - Start a story with your children. Stop often and let them tell what would happen next. Children of all ages can usually participate in this game.