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Check for any food allergies with your carpool families first, of course. And check out this guide to healthy snacks nutritionists would feed their kids. But the hungry horrors can make a routine trip across town in traffic to the next dance lesson simply awful. For some kids, having a snack in the car is the only nutrition they’ll get until dinner, so keeping healthy snacks and drinks available is crucial. Make sure to keep the food and liquids in their containers so they don’t spill all over your car. Snack in the Box is a cool snack container featuring two separate chambers that each hold six ounces of your favorite dry snack; it will keep food from being crushed or mushed. And when kids are thirsty, its handy companion, Drink in the Box, is the healthy, reusable option to replace sugary, disposable juice boxes. Best yet there’s NO spilling.
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Having happily occupied kids makes carpooling bearable. See if you can get the kids to ditch the standard technology and try out some fun car games like these classic choices. Kids love novelty—test each other with the best jokes you can find. Cait Shelton from Massachusetts has two kids, but during the school year she regularly finds herself hauling around two to four more little ones. She says, “Though sometimes it makes me crazy, it can be the kids’ favorite part of the day. Our must-have is a joke book and someone to read from it (or pass it around and they take turns). Hearing the younger kids (ages 3-5) learn how to tell and execute a joke is just priceless.” Another must have are travel games with magnetic pieces so nothing gets lost. The Purple Cow has a line of 25 classic magnetic board games each in a thin travel tin with magnetic pieces. Kids can learn classics like checkers and hangman while sitting in traffic.