Dear Diary,

Rising temperatures can cause rising tempers in kids when they are confined to the car. But you can cool off with a scavenger hunt! This allows kids to concentrate on the game instead of how long it takes the air conditioning to kick in. This game is fun for the entire family. My preschooler and high school aged nephew both enjoy spotting things on the scavenger hunt list.

You can create a scavenger hunt sheet on your computer, or if your kids like to color, let them draw pictures of the things they can find while driving. After you create the sheets, make copies and put into a binder. You can build the binder over time, and keep it in the car.

Scavenger hunts are so much fun, your kids may ask you to circle the block a few times to extend the trip and the game! You can even create themes for the road trip and the destinations.

1. Driving List: Airplane, Ambulance, Bird, Bridge, Bumper Sticker, Fire Hydrant, Flower Garden, Ice Cream Truck, Mailman, Motorcycle, Parking Meter, Police Car, Runner, Someone Cutting the Grass, Sprinkler, Street Light, Swing Set, Swimming Pool, Trash Can, Yield Sign

2. Grocery Store List: Apples, Bacon, Brussels Sprouts, Coffee, Cookies, Frozen Pizza, Guacamole, Mango, Milk, Pasta Shells, Pepperoni, Rice, Sesame Seeds, Soup, String Cheese, Spinach, Sweet Potato Chips, Toilet Paper, Vitamins, Yogurt

Click here for other scavenger hunt lists to add to your family’s binder.

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Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

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