How To Keep Your 3yr. Old Awake on the Way to Soccer Practice

It often happens that when I take my 3yr. old son to soccer practice in the late afternoon he will doze off just before we arrive. Once he falls asleep he’s out cold for the next half hour. This causes a couple of problems. First, he is late to soccer practice and second, his bed time gets messed up.

So to solve this problem I decided to play a game with him to keep him awake. (Singing a song never works.) We play trivia. When we first started playing trivia I would ask the kids simple yet fun questions. For example, if one of my kids has the color blue on their coat or shirt I would ask “who in the van is wearing blue?” This alone is enough to get the kids in to it as they start looking at eachother and themselves to find the color blue. As I started to run out of simple questions I decided to make a

multiple choice trivia with various categories; food, animals, vehicles. The questions would be educational and fun at the same time. For example a popular trivia question for my son would go like this: “What swims in the ocean, is very large, and has a lot of sharp teeth? Is it A. A fish B. A SHARK or C. A squirrel?”

Easy animals to ask trivia questions about are ones that kids are very familiar with. Dogs, cats, elephants, skunks, monkeys, horses, zebras, sharks, lions, tigers, giraffes, pigs, rabbits.

Other popular creatures involve spiders, ants, bees, flies, frogs, turtles, snakes.

This type of trivia could involve all sorts of items and of course be very silly. It is so far the easiest and most successful way in keeping my son awake when we’re on our way anywhere.

When the kids are tired of playing trivia, we’ll play “I Spy” instead.

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2 thoughts on “How To Keep Your 3yr. Old Awake on the Way to Soccer Practice

  • April 16, 2010 at 3:08 am

    I would think that a 3 year old would be a little young for a Soccer league.

  • November 11, 2015 at 12:58 am

    In one of your episodes, you all sttaed that none of the good guys have non-US dialects, but what about Obi Wan one of the core good guys is distinctly British. Interesting theory you put out there, but Obi Wan pierces it.


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