Taking a road trip with your kids is quite an undertaking and one that’s not for the faint of heart. The whining, the fighting, the hunger, and the boredom can take a toll on everyone in the car. Keeping your kids busy on a road trip is no small feat, but these 10 activities will help keep the kids busy and engaged while you’re on the road.
Choose a type of car, such as pickup trucks, red cars, or slug bugs. Have the kids count them as they see them. Whoever gets to ten first wins.
The Alphabet Game
Have your kids scour the billboards and signs along the route for the letters of the alphabet. Start with A and go all the way to Z.
MomsMinivan.com offers a range of free Car Bing printables to keep the kids busy and engaged with their surroundings. Bingo games include License Plate Bingo, Road Sign Bingo, and Car Type Bingo.
Before you head out on the road trip, hit the dollar store for some little prizes to keep them busy, and gift wrap them. Every 100 miles, let the kids unwrap a present. Include items like games, puzzle books, toys, and craft supplies.
Games with magnetic pieces will keep the kids busy and engaged during a long trip. Checkers, Chess, Tic-Tac-Toe, Backgammon, and myriad other games are available in magnetic form from Amazon.
Download a variety of games and apps onto the kids’ devices, such as this coloring book app featuring 25 palettes and endless intricate mandalas.
An oldie but a goodie, 20 Questions gets the whole family involved in the fun. Just think of a person, place, or thing, and everyone takes turn asking “yes” or “no” questions. Whoever guesses the right answer before 20 questions have been asked wins.
Books on Tape
Engage the kids in story time with their favorite books on tape. Funny books, mysteries, and adventure stories are always popular and will keep your kids listening intently, warding off boredom and arguments.
Get some marker boards and markers and let the kids invent ways to have fun with them. They can play Hangman, practice the alphabet or math, or have speed-drawing contests.
Hand the kids a bag of pipe cleaners and let them create people and animals that they can then use as characters in a story they make up.
A road trip with the kids doesn’t have to turn into a headache if you’re prepared. Make sure to stop often so the kids can stretch their legs. Research interesting roadside attractions before you go and make a point to have some fun adventures along the way. Do these things, and your next road trip will be a breeze.