17/09/2009 13:50 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

5 Ways To Make The School Run More Fun

So we're a few weeks into the new school term now, and if you're anything like me, you may be starting to slip into old habits. So whilst we might be more organised on the first few days, that morning routine soon becomes more rushed and more of a slog.

Also, for children that have just started their first year of school, around now it tends to dawn on them that you have to go every day. Get used to it kiddo, at least you have school holidays to look forward to.

Here are some ways to make the unavoidable school run into a slightly less tedious trip:

  1. Try a different route, even if it's a slightly longer one
    A change is as good as a rest isn't it? We have just varied our route to school to make sure we pass the conker trees so we can pick up a nice shiny one to show off in the playground.
  2. Take a toy
    If your child is anxious about school, they may find it comforting to bring something from home with them. Most schools have rules about not bringing in stuff from home, so if you do this, make it clear to your child that you'll look after the toy once they get to school. The up side of this is that having a little pair of binoculars or a toy car to play with can make the school run way more interesting. The down side is that you will then find yourself at work with your pockets stuffed with Lego or My Little Pony.
  3. Scoot to school
    Whizzing to school is much more interesting than walking. You've probably seen Mini Micro Scooters (pictured on the right - they're the ones with two wheels at the front and one at the back) as they're just the right size for reception children. The range has just expanded to include some new, brighter colours. The limited edition green, yellow and red scooters are available exclusively in the UK from the Mini Micro Scooters website.
  4. Sing a song
    To save your dignity, this is one best saved for when you're school running by car. Oh what the heck, we're parents, we left our dignity in the delivery room.
  5. Spot signs
    Many children start to read by pointing out signs, as they can easily decipher their meaning. Play Sign Bingo and see how many you can spot on the route to school.
How do you make the school run more interesting?