This is a quick and super-simple idea. The next time you plan to be in the car for an extended period of time with your kids (or any time at all — sometimes, 10 minutes can seem like 10 hours), take along a cookie sheet and some magnets.
Your child can prop the cookie sheet on his lap and entertain himself with magnets. Depending on your child’s age, take along magnet letters and challenge her to make three letter words. The fact that your child is peacefully entertained might just prevent you from saying any four letter words.
If your little one is into cars, a cookie sheet also makes a nice racetrack — the raised lip does a good job of keeping cars from rolling onto the floor.
Photo by tracitodd.