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Top tips for keeping kids occupied on car journeys {i-SPY giveaway}

Top tips for keeping kids occupied on car journeys

Later this month we are driving through the UK, taking the Eurotunnel to France and then driving on through Belgium to the Netherlands. We are so excited about our week away and have been planning and packing for what feels like weeks. Our holiday involves a long car journey so we will be packing items to keep the kids occupied in the car. They are 6 and 8 and we’ve done quite a few long car journeys so I thought I would share my top tips for keeping kids occupied on car journeys. Read on for an i-SPY giveaway too.

Top tips for keeping kids occupied on car journeys

It’s obvious but pack plenty of water and snacks. One of my children has a healthy appetite the other prefers smaller meals throughout the day. I make sure to have a variety of fruit, snacks, crisps and BEAR YoYos to prevent them getting hangry.

Make sure to take regular breaks for the driver to rest and everyone to have toilet breaks. Sometimes it feels like we’re forever stopping for a toilet break!

Make a scavenger list or use i-SPY books. We’re big fans of i-SPY books, little books where you can score points by ticking off things you see. They are great value little books which you can find in Smiths or at service stations but you can also find free printable scavenger hunts on Pinterest or make up your own.

how much screen time on a car journey

Build in some screen time. My children love their screen time but they turn into monsters if they get too much. We try to balance it out with time spent on activity books, reading magazines and playing games as a family.

Play games as a family. So I spy is the easiest game to play but my children made up a similar version where we look for a certain colour. You can also play this with types of car or vehicles on the road, the list is endless!

Win a bundle of i-SPY books for kids

This year i-SPY are celebrating their 70th Anniversary. The iconic spotting guides, beloved by children and parents were first published in 1948 when creator, Charles Warrell, began selling small paperbacks versions in his local Woolworths. The simple, enduring formula remains unchanged – look around you, tick off what you see and once completed send off to receive a certificate and a badge.

summer holiday boredom busters for kids

To celebrate 70 years of i-SPY Collins are giving away limited editions of i-SPY badges to customers who complete their i-SPY guides. This is an exclusive limited run of 500 collector’s edition badges.

There are currently over 50 i-SPY books, including new guides for 2018 – i-SPY at the shops, i-SPY garden birds, i-SPY butterflies and moths and i-SPY In the city. i-SPY books are co-published by Collins and Michelin and are available at £2.99 from collins.co.uk and all good booksellers.

I have a bundle of 4 i-SPY books to giveaway to one winner, these are great boredom busters for kids! To enter my giveaway you must answer the question via the Rafflecopter widget below, there are some bonus entries too. The giveaway is open to those with a UK postal address only and ends on 8th August. The winners name will appear on this post. Good luck!

Don’t forget to check out my other giveaways on my competition page.

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63 Comments

  • Reply
    Tracy Nixon
    August 9, 2018 at 9:22 am

    i-SPY are celebrating their 70th Anniversary this year!

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    sandy
    August 9, 2018 at 9:57 am

    70!
    The graphics have changed but the concept is as good as ever.

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    Rhia P
    August 9, 2018 at 10:18 am

    70th. I’d forgotten about these- had some when I was a kid!

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    Lorraine Stone
    August 9, 2018 at 10:24 am

    70th Anniversary this year. These look great!

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    Jen A
    August 9, 2018 at 10:38 am

    Loved these when I was younger, had the fact about Rosebay Willowherb drilled into me from the wild flowers book as I had to ask for help to get the 50 points! 😂 70th Anniversary this year.

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    Kirsty
    August 9, 2018 at 10:53 am

    loved these when I was a kid and I think my boys will too. 70th anniversary

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    Kate Coldicott
    August 9, 2018 at 10:56 am

    70th

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    dorothy merrett
    August 9, 2018 at 11:06 am

    i-SPY are celebrating their 70th Anniversary this year

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    k dunn
    August 9, 2018 at 11:16 am

    70th anniversary

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    Suzanne Jackson
    August 9, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    70th

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    Ashleigh Allan
    August 9, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Their 70th anniversary

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    Zoe C
    August 9, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    70th

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    Louise
    August 9, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    70th I believe

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    Fozia Akhtar
    August 9, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    70th

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    amy bondoc
    August 9, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    70th 🙂

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    Emily Henley
    August 9, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    70th! 🙂

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    Kim Neville
    August 9, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    70th Anniversary this year

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    Sarah Rees
    August 9, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    Its the 70th Anniversary

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    Simon Tutthill
    August 9, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    It’s their 70th great giveaway liked and shared

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    iain maciver
    August 9, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    70th anniversary

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    Angela Treadway
    August 9, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    70th anniversary x

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    Gillian Massey
    August 9, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    their 70th Anniversary.

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    Gina M
    August 9, 2018 at 8:24 pm

    70th anniversary

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    melanie stirling
    August 9, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    70th anniversary

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    Mel Turner
    August 9, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    70th anniversary

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    Solange
    August 9, 2018 at 9:12 pm

    70th

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    susan lloyd
    August 9, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    70 x

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    Sean Eccles
    August 9, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    70 years!
    Reminds me of my own childhood but updated!

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    Mark R
    August 9, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    70th anniversary

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    Sadiyya Maryam
    August 9, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    70th anniversary

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    Natalie Crossan
    August 9, 2018 at 10:21 pm

    70th (wow) I had no idea – my daughter loves these books

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    Margaret Gallagher
    August 9, 2018 at 10:56 pm

    The 70th
    Great fun for all our adventures

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    Stephanie Tsang
    August 9, 2018 at 11:05 pm

    70th anniversary

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    Rich Tyler
    August 9, 2018 at 11:59 pm

    70th Anniversary

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    Karen R
    August 10, 2018 at 6:07 am

    70th xx

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    michelle o'neill
    August 10, 2018 at 7:17 am

    70th

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    leanne weir
    August 10, 2018 at 9:34 am

    70th.

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    Keith Hunt
    August 10, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    70th

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    Dale Dow
    August 10, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    Their 70th Anniversary! Wow, that’s a long time

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    Susan B
    August 10, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    They are celebrating their 70th anniversary. It’s lovely that they have endured so long.

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    Kim Murray
    August 10, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    70 years x

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    Maria blythin
    August 10, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    70th

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    Elzbieta Znyk
    August 10, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    70th Anniversary

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    Laura Banks
    August 10, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    70th anniversary

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    Lorna Ledger
    August 10, 2018 at 5:01 pm

    70th! 🙂

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    Margaret Clarkson
    August 10, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    70th

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    Jade Hewlett
    August 10, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    70th

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    Tracy Newton
    August 10, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    ISpy are celebrating their 70th Anniversary this year

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    Kristy Brown
    August 11, 2018 at 9:45 am

    70th

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    Sally Collingwood
    August 11, 2018 at 11:33 am

    70th Anniversary

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    Christina Palmer
    August 11, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    70th Anniversary. Happy Anniversary iSpy

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    Jo Fowler
    August 11, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    I spy are celebrating their 70th anniversary

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    Mel Brolly
    August 11, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    They are celebrating their 70th Anniversary this year!

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    Claire Woods
    August 12, 2018 at 10:02 am

    70th

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    Laura Pritchard
    August 12, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    70th Anniversary

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    Susie Wilkinson
    August 12, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    They’re celebrating their 70th anniversary!

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    Samantha O'D
    August 13, 2018 at 8:41 am

    70th

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    Charlotte G
    August 13, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    They are celebrating their 70th anniversary!

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    Darren Jacobs
    August 13, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    70th

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    jo liddement
    August 13, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    i-SPY books are celebrating their 70th anniversary

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    SARAH GOODMAN
    August 13, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    70th anniversary

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    Chris Andrews
    August 13, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    Tell me which anniversary the i-SPY books are celebrating this year?
    their 70th

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    Ruth Harwood
    August 14, 2018 at 9:48 am

    70 years!

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