From the backseat, comes the inevitable question all kids ask at least 700 times on each and every family vacation: Are we there yet?
Enter the backseat travel map. I photocopied a map (in our case, the northeastern states that we travel in most) and punched two holes at the top, tied it with a ribbon to the back seats, one map for each of the two rows of back seats in my mini-van.
Using some wet-erase markers, I outlined the states and wrote the names in so the kids could better see these areas. Then with another color, I outlined our route.
My 8-year-old especially loved this. He enjoyed informing the younger two kids of the next state we would be entering, how many more states to go, which was the biggest state, the smallest, etc.
For our next trip, I can erase the route line and mark a new one. Or, I may give them dry-erase markers and let them write on it, perhaps making a game of finding and circling states or cities or bodies of water. We will definitely be using these maps again and again.
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We are pleased to have this activity featured by Melissa and Doug toys.