Are you packing the minivan and hitting the open road this summer? Heading out on a camping trip? Staycationing around town? Great! When you’re gathering snacks and sunscreen, don’t forget to grab some fun literacy materials to keep those brains sharp as you pass the miles!
We unpacked school backpacks on the first day of summer, loaded them up with books and other supplies, and threw them in the car so they’re ready to roll anytime we are.
A reading road trip supply list: (Ours is pretty basic!)
- Books: Kids pack their favorite books. I add a few suggestions too. Nonfiction and picture books are great car choices, since they’re easy to read in small chunks, like during a ten-minute drive across town.
- Audiobooks: We load a few on my phone so we’re prepared when we need to mentally escape the next traffic jam. (The Sisters Grimm kept us entertained for way too long on the West Seattle Bridge the other day.) (Affiliate link)
- Notebook or clipboard
- Pens and pencils
- Sticky notes
- Read and Write on the Road printable activity pack
Our latest favorite reading (and writing) activity for the car is good old-fashioned note passing. Just write a question or comment for another passenger and pass the note for them to read,respond and return. The content of these notes is hilarious only to boys under age 10, but it keeps them busy AND they’re reading and writing!
How are your kiddos passing the miles this summer?
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