Redeeming the time: 20 minutes in the car

After a lot of debate and prayer, we decided to enroll our Little Hulk in a 50/50 Mandarin Immersion Kinder program available at a public school about 20 minutes away. While some days we just chat and relax or listen to music, there are other days we also try to use the commute time for some enrichment. Here are a few simple ideas that can easily be done in the car: 

  1. Magnetic toys like this Imagination Patterns Set by Mindware, which travels well and also doubles as a dry erase board. A similar option would be magnetic tangrams.
  2. Put their imaginations to work with a simple dry erase board and markers. If your child always draws the same thing (we probably have about 365 drawings of a Jedi holding a lightsaber from last year’s journal), consider the Artful Parent’s suggestion of providing creative drawing prompts.
  3. Use dry erase pockets to do a quick worksheet. I personally prefer to do something either fun like these mazes from KrazyDad, or to go over something I know he’s not being taught in school, like geography (this post on continental blob maps from Half-a-Hundred Acre Wood is great).
  4. Audiobooks — Borrow Audiobook CDs from your local library or online library (the Overdrive app allows you to checkout ebooks and audiobooks from your local public library on your various devices) — or, invest in an educational audiobook series like Story of the World. These go along great with Mary Pope Osborne’s Magic Treehouse books.

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