I did my first solo-trip with the kids to Cape Cod, which from my area is about a three and a half hour drive. I did a TON of research and asked polls on my Instagram to figure out the must-have items to make travel easier and the dos and don'ts. I took what you all recommended and used most of it and have weeded out what works and doesn’t work (at least for my three and almost two year old).
SPOILER ALERT: the three year old rocked the entire trip and the two year old was a human nightmare. The difference between the two was actually insane from start to finish. She was cranky in the car, hated anything given to her, made a mess, didn’t sleep at the house we rented, refused most meals we ate out, and just struggled overall with the change in routine. He slept, he ate, he was comfortable, and he had no problem with any of the trip! The difference a year can make!
He didn't quite understand that I wanted him to organize them by size and I had to do a lot of showing him where I was placing certain rocks and why. We then moved onto pieces of bark and focused on filling up the circles with items from nature and how some circles had more or less than others.
The main goal from this activity was to understand size discrepancy and use proper terms to describe it.