How do you keep four children of various ages quiet and occupied?
You bring toys along. Not just any toys. Playmobil.
I have yet to meet a child that doesn't immediately sit down and become engaged when a box of Playmobil is set down in front of them. I know some parents and grownups cringe when they see all the tiny bits and pieces that come along with any given Playmobil set but they are relatively easy to keep up with and we have only lost a few pieces over the years and that was mostly when I made the mistake of letting Nicole and Marie bring this
in the minivan one time for a short trip. See all those little cups, plates and silverware? Yeah, some of those knives have been sucked in to the black hole of the seatbelt stalks. Gone forever. But for the most part, we've got everything that came in the box.
Short trip to Grandma's house? Take Playmobil.
Week vacation at the beach? Take Playmobil.
Sibling lacrosse game? Take a little Playmobil. ;)