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When our family set out last summer to road trip with our
three young kids, I had two things in mind to make the trip
possible/anything less than pure torture:
1. Snacks, snacks and more snacks
2. ALL THE ELECTRONICS
"Strict" as I may about screen time at home (ha),
when it comes to vacationing, I'm all about the apps. Much like I used to
try to entice my kids with fancy new coloring books for a trip to Grandma's
house, I always try to put effort into loading a few snazzy new apps on to our
phones or tablets before a long trip.
So if you're planning a road trip with your littles this
summer, pack the licorice and download a few of these apps to make it bearable—I mean fun. Yes, that's it, fun.
Shortcake Food Fair
My daughters, who are 7 and 5 years old, love "Strawberry Shortcake." And in the world of annoying girly shows, this is one
redhead that I am more than OK with. This app mimics real-world cooking by allowing children to mix, stir and grill
the fair's recipes—and some of the options, like the Very Berry Donuts, make me
very hungry. Free on iTunes. Download here.
suited for younger kiddos (2-5), this app lets your little one help get Caillou
ready for bed with teeth brushing, recordable wishing on a star and sheep
counting. It would be nice if this app could also magically make your kids go
to sleep at bedtime, am I right? Free on
iTunes. Download here.
Kitty Nail Salon
Of course my girls are obsessed with all the nail-painting apps out
there. (And actually, for that matter, so is my son.) This version features a
"freestyle" manicure option and also lets them upload pictures of
their hand to do their own manicure. That's cool, not creepy, right? Free on
iTunes. Download here.
This app platform is specifically
designed to educate and entertain the under-4 crowd, which in my humble and
extensive parental opinion, is pretty much the worst age for car rides because
they have the attention span of a gnat. With BabyTV, you get access to a whole
bunch of apps to keep the little ones entertained. Free for Apple and Android. Download here.
Go Go Thomas! Let's get real—who doesn't love Thomas the Train? He's a train I know I can
trust, however slightly annoying his slow cadence may be. This app pits Thomas
and friends against each other in a death-defying dash to the finish line. Just
kidding, they're just racing on a train track. Free for Apple and Android. Download here.