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Car Games with a Kleenslate

NOTE FROM ROAD TRIP MOM: This is a guest post by one of my favorite road trip kids – Carlie!  She recently took a trip with us as part of a carload of Girl Scouts on our way to camp  and road tested this product!

Rolling Reviews from the Backseat — Kleenslate  — By: Carlie F.

Recently we tried some Kleenslate paddles on our long drive to camp, and we were able to have a new experience in road trip games. We could do all kinds of things with this cool dry erase board, including writing song lyrics, practicing handwriting, being an artist while mixing colors, or designing a new species of animal.  The Kleeslate would be great for a wide range of age groups who ride in your car on a next road trip.

On our trip, our favorite games were ones that we made up ourselves, such as the “Emotion Potion” game which was funny and a great way for us to pass the time and have a laugh at our silly selves. Overall this prop was fantastic in almost every way. We did however experience a few bumps in our experience of using the Kleenslate. When we were writing we found that the marker would sometimes get on our pants, or the writing would become permanent on the board if you didn’t erase it soon after it had been used.  Overall we really enjoyed our use of the Kleen Slate compared to an ordinary white board that you might find at school.

Here are some of the games we played with it on our trip:

Emotion Potion
One child closes their eyes and passes around their board, while the rest of the passengers write down their feelings or emotion at that exact moment. Once they are done the person who had their eyes closed tries to guess which person in the car has that emotion (Hint: Try to disguise your handwriting so that the person guessing will not know who wrote that emotion.) Some suggestions for the emotions are depressed, funky, or even disturbed!

Restaurant
Pretend to be waiters/waitresses at your favorite restaurant. You take someone’s order, and then draw their meal before serving it to them.

Unseen Faces
Everyone closes their eyes and tries to draw the shape of the face on their own Kleen Slate board, but without looking! You must draw the entire face without lifting your pen. Try to draws all parts of the face such as a nose, lips, eyes, freckles or any other thing that could be on a face. Take a picture of the face that was drawn to remember your road trip.

Hangman
Hangman was a really popular travel game with us.  One person thinks of a word and writes down blank spaces depending on the amount of letters in the word. The other player guesses a letter that he thinks is in the word. If the letter is correct, then write it in the space that it corresponds with . If the letter is wrong, then you draw a body part of a stick figure on the hangman rack. Start with drawing the head, body, arms and legs. If you have too many wrong guesses, your hangman will croak when hi s drawing is complete!

We really enjoyed the Kleenslate product and would recommend it for others!

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May 31, 2012   2 Comments

Going Native

A few years ago, we took our three children on a whirlwind 3 day trip to New York City.  It was a weekend-long family reunion, so we crammed a lot into our short stay in New York and had a great time.

We saw museums, visited the Empire State Building,  enjoyed the Circle Line tour around the Statue of Liberty, rode subways, took precarious taxi rides, walked around Central Park, and still managed to get to all the family events.  In spite of the cram packed schedule, the biggest complaint we had from the kids was that they wish we could have stayed longer!  I agreed!

The ultimate travel trip for me would be to actually live in a big city or foreign country and enjoy new experiences from the perspective of the residents, or as I like to call it — “going native.”  In my dreams I imagine myself checking out New York City apartment rentals and taking an extended vacation for a few months to truly enjoy everything a big city has to offer.

Since I can take my job with me almost anywhere, this idea isn’t actually that far fetched.  So, while I’m dreaming,  I guess I’d better add some more items to my bucket list of places I’d like to go native. I’ll start with that little Mexican beach town I once visited, then hit Greece, Rome, Rio….  After all, every vacation I’ve ever had started with a dream. What’s yours?!

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May 21, 2012   Comments Off

Lay-n-Go Activity Mat

Here’s a cool new product that looks like a real winner. It’s an activity mat and toy keeper and toy transporter all in one.    It’s called the  Lay-n-Go.  It comes in a travel size and a much larger room size version.  I recently got to road test the travel sized version with my favorite 6 year old boy.    My cutie-pie nephew has a collection of Beyblades and Legos toys that he was finally able to take with him to a restaurant thanks to the Lay-n-go.  The size was perfect to lay out on the table to keep him busy with his favorite toys.  Once the food arrived, it was easy to just swoop it up in an instant and set it aside with all the toys contained.  We could tuck it into little sister’s diaper bag, or just carry it by its handle on the side.

This is a great idea for long road trips to keep those precious items close and contained when kids are stuck in their car seats for hours, or on an airplane. It was made of a very sturdy and durable material and looks like it would last for many years of being toted around. There is a pocket that can be used to tuck in the string once you have cinched it closed to contain the toys.  We gave this product two thumbs up!   Get it at Amazon:  Lay-n-Go

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March 29, 2012   Comments Off

Jacobs Ladder String Figure

Were you one of those kids who taught all the other kids how to do Jacob’s Ladder?  Remember how happy  you were when you could finally do it?  Now it’s years later and you can’t remember how — so, here are the instructions so you can teach your kids step by step along with a video for the demonstration of those tricky parts. This is a great activity to play in the car on a trip to keep the kids busy hours. Have fun!

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March 28, 2012   Comments Off

Rolling Reviews from the Backseat – Dr Doom’s Fear Fall

Road Trip review from Big Bro, one of Road Trip Mom’s kids!

The most thrilling ride for me  at the Universal Studios Theme Park was in the Islands of Adventure park, and it is called Dr. Doom’s Fear Fall. You enter the ride with your party and are isolated from the other riders.  Before the ride begins, a scary voice comes on and tells you that all safety protocol will be ignored.  Then shoots you straight up into the air at what seems like a million miles an hour, and as soon as it gets to the top it shoots you downwards faster than gravity can pull you.

I had a great deal of fun trying to convince my younger sisters to go on it with me.  They were terrified at first, but after they went on it once they each went four more times. The ride is very intimidating to look at but it is a blast to go on. The lines were also very short when we went with little to no waiting for a seat. The view at the top of the ride is also outstanding, with the whole park in front of you and the beautiful Florida landscape behind you. I highly recommend this ride to anyone who is looking for thrills at this park.

Keep reading for lots of tips on the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal Studios theme parks.

NOTE FROM ROAD TRIP MOM: This is a review by my road trip son! He’s helping me out with his own backseat opinions on some of our recent travels.  Let’s give him a hand!

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February 8, 2012   Comments Off

Rolling Reviews from the Backseat: Rip Ride Rock-It Rollercoaster

By The Back Seat Reviewer — Road Trip Mom’s Daughter!

On my recent trip to Universal studios, one of the most thrilling and original rides in the park was the Hollywood Rip Ride Rock-It. This bright red roller coaster covered in dazzling florescent lights could be seen from anywhere in the park. The fun starts the moment you get to the front of the line. Immediately after you sit down and pull your seat belt across your lap, you have 30 seconds to choose a song from a variety of music. Choices range from music by Fergie, to songs like I Will Survive; so everyone can get a song they know. If you don’t pick your song before the ride starts, on is picked for you. The song you picked will play out of speakers by your ears throughout your ride.

Unlike most roller coasters that have a steady incline that brings you to the top of the first hill, the Rock-It saves space with a vertical climb to the top of the park, followed by an equally frightening near-vertical drop. After that comes a series of stomach churning loop de loops and cork screw turns that rip through the park. The whole time your face is being recorded by a camera on the back of the seat in front of you so that when the ride is over, you have an opportunity to view and purchase your own music video. The only problem is that because this is one of the most popular rides in the park, the line gets extremely long and there is no express line, so getting there early is a must. All and all this an amazing ride that anyone who love roller coasters and music should be sure to ride.

Keep reading for lots of tips on the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal Studios theme parks.

NOTE FROM ROAD TRIP MOM: This is a review by one of my road trip daughters! She and her sister are becoming regulars on my website with their product reviews and backseat opinions.

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January 30, 2012   1 Comment

Rolling Reviews from the Backseat: Dragon Challenge

By The Back Seat Reviewer — Road Trip Mom’s Daughter!

Don’t miss the Dragon Challenge Roller Coaster in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando.  As you walk through the Forbidden Forest trail, past Hagrid’s Hut, Ron’s beat up old car, and visit the Goblet of Fire, you can catch a glimpse of the two dragons. Choose either the red or the blue dragon and strap in!  The best seats are either the front half or the very back. Your feet dangle off as you ride your dragon through twists and turns. The scariest part is when you flip upside down and pass within a yard or two of the other dragon and it looks like you’re going to crash with the other roller coaster!

This happens several times and the passengers of each dragon scream!  While you are up at the top,  you  can see the entire park and all of Hogsmeade. This ride is very fun for those who love a wild ride.

Keep reading for lots of tips on the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal Studios theme parks.

NOTE FROM ROAD TRIP MOM: This is a review by one of my road trip daughters! She and her sister are becoming regulars on my website with their product reviews and backseat opinions.

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January 19, 2012   1 Comment

Geography Car Game

Here’s a car game you can play without any materials at all.  It’s a geography game that I found on Education.com, which also has a lot of other games and printable materials for kids — great stuff for road trips.

The geography game is super easy to play.  You simply take turns naming different cities, states or countries around the world. The only catch is that when it’s your turn, your geography point must begin with the same letter that the last person’s ended. Simple!  If you have an atlas in the car, this game will have your kids scouring through it and learning new places.

Devra, my friend and frequent road-trip cohort from Parentopia.com, has played this game with her family (and me) for years.  But somehow  it always seems to me like there are a lot of  geography points that start AND end with the letter A — Alaska, Alabama, Alameda, Australia, Angola, Argentina, Albania, …  see what I mean?  Next time I’m on a roadtrip with them, I’m using “Arkansas” as my secret weapon.  If you can’t spell it, you won’t know that it ends in an “S”! And if that doesn’t get them, then I’ll try “Albuquerque.”   Ha!

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January 12, 2012   Comments Off

Holiday Printable Coloring Pages

On road trips, or just hanging out, kids love to color!  I found a website that has some of the cutest printable materials I’ve ever seen online.  It’s called Python Printables.

Check out their Holiday printable coloring pages (This link includes a $5 coupon when you download along with their free printable pages to use with their premium products later if you want).  They have lots of different holidays and other events to keep your kids busy and creative!

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December 2, 2011   Comments Off

Broken Bone Vacation Relief

Cast cooler, cast Covers!What’s the only thing worse than breaking your arm during summer vacation?

Answer: Breaking BOTH arms!  (OUCH!)

But never fear, this little cutie’s summer has been saved.  Read my article,  Cast Relief,  to see how our friend managed to find some relief for her cast torture, and save her summer vacation!

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