2. The Educators' Spin On It used the free hotel brochures to keep her baby busy, and has other great tips for baby-friendly hotel fun!
3. Mama Pea Pod suggests stickers (which works like a charm for Wild Thing at hotels and restaurants) and I loved her tip of saving spoons and ice cream cups for a ice cream shop pretend play!
4. Gina at Famiglia and Seoul has special travel sensory bins for trips. She puts items inside of wiper boxes for ease of travel. For other busy bag/travel bag ideas, I love the ideas I saw on Second Story Window when she had a busy bag exchange with friends.
5. Mama Smiles' kids came up with their own creative activity in a hotel - washing and drying their toys.
6. Make the hotel pen and paper pad more interesting by having your kids use it to create their own comic books. Here's 10 tips to help you get them going with their own book. Or, bring your own simple art supplies - Red Ted Art shares that she always takes a small case of pens and notebooks for each child when they go on holiday and that these items really come in handy.
7. 52 Brand New likes to pack balloons - they take up virtually no space and can be used for balloon volleyball, hot potato or a game of catch - with no worry of breaking anything.
8. Creative Family Fun's farm animal charades would be a game perfectly suited to a hotel stay. (Of course, you don't have to limit it to farm animals -- or you could just have your little ones pretend to be different animals, which Wild Thing loves to do!)
9.Learn with Play at Home suggests bringing a roll of colored electrical tape to make roads for cars/trains to drive on, or to create a tic-tac-toe board or squares for a fun tossing game. We recently did tape roads at home after some inspiration from Tinkerlab, and it was a big hit. I'm definitely taking tape with us on our next trip.
10. Carrots Are Orange suggests jumbo craft sticks with velcro on the ends to make letters and shapes.
You also will find other great ideas on Mama Scout's list of 10 things to do in a restaurant. Plus, I love the twist No Time for Flashcards puts on videos -- they bring videos of their kids for the kids to watch.
My other hotel tip? If possible, stay at a hotel near a park. If one parent or child needs some extra rest or gets sick, but the other child(ren) really need to get out their energy, you can just walk to the park. This has been a saving grace for us in the past.
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