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How Much Farther?
by Laurel Smith

How to Never Have to Answer this Perpetual Question Again!

Make an interactive model of your vehicle on a trip! It will show your child exactly how much ground you've covered and how much more you have to go! 

If you're like most parents, you are exaspirated from having to answer the same questions over and over, especially when kids are tired and feeling trapped in those car seats!  Almost as popular as "are we there yet?" is the question, "How much farther?!"  Here is a great way to tackle that question, in a visual way that is easy for toddlers and young children to understand.

Have your child draw a picture of your car, or print an image of your car and have your child color it, or use the pre-colored minivan image.  Cut out the image and punch a couple of holes in it near the "x" marks that are provided. String it on a ribbon or some yarn and tape it carefully in an out-of-the-way area in your car.  Now start your journey with the paper car at one end and gradully slide it along as you make progress on your trip! Your tiny traveler will be able to see easily how much farther before you arrive at your destination.  For parents, it's as simple as: when you've reached the end of your rope, you're there!

It might help you to keep up with your progress if you mark the ribbon into segments that are equivalent to miles or time blocks, depending on how you would like to record your progress. If your trip is covering several days, you might want to break it down for each day rather than the entire multi-day distance. If the ribbon setup is not convenient, you can also use this idea just by putting some tape on the back of the tiny car image and move it along the window to mark your progress.

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