Trip Games and Activities for Kids
flies when youíre having fun - The miles fly by too! You can make a long
family car trip seem a lot shorter if you have fun with your kids along
the way. Plan ahead with a few car activities, and making the journey can
be as much fun as the destination. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
a Trip-Journal or Scrapbook
everyone a big spiral bound sketchpad and a box of crayons or markers.
Each day of the trip or for each event along the way, draw a picture of
what you did that day, or draw a map of where you went, and write about
it. You can also paste in souvenirs.
a Good Songbook With All the Lyrics
surprising how many songs you think you know, but you don't really know
all the words. Have a singing marathon and learn the old classics by heart.
Your Kids an Allowance for the Day
them that this money is for snacks, treats, souvenirs etc. Help them learn
to budget their money and make good choices.
Your Children Have a Map
your kids their own copy of a map of where you are going. Show them how
far you have come, how much further there is to go and let them mark it
with a crayon. Every time someone asks "How much further?Ē let them see
for themselves. You might also like to get a compass and show them how
it works along with the map.
Bubble Gum Blowing Contests
weirder the gum the better. Get it at the rest areas and try all the different
License Plate Game
a U.S. map or list of states for the license
plate game off the computer and color in the states as you see license
plates from each one. See if you can get all 50 states between Memorial
Day and Labor Day. You might even record the time and date and the state
where you saw it. This can be a family project as you build your "collection"
of license plates together.
some activities to bring along on your trip such as Car Bingo, License
Plate game, tic-tac-toe, lines and dots, scavenger hunt and more. You can
find lots of printable
car games here.
Cradle or String Loops
just need a piece of string for this one. See if you can make
"Jacob's Ladder", "Kitty Whiskers", or play Cats Cradle!
your children know how to play classic board games like Chess, Backgammon,
Checkers, or Chinese Checkers? What better time to learn than in
the car to pass the time! The magnetic car versions of these games
are nice because they are small and compact, and have easy ways to store
the pieces so they don't get lost.
the cows you see on your side of the car. If you pass a cemetery on your
side of the car, you lose all your cows. The one with the most cows
passes the time quickly in the car for the reader and for the family members
who are listening.
a contest to see who can build the best item that relates to where you
are going. Use a shoebox to store the Legos, or large zip lock bags.
How Far Away That Is
an object and have everyone guess how far away it is, then clock
it on your odometer.
everyone think of different "favorite" questions for the group. What's
your favorite... movie, flavor of ice cream, song, game, toy, place to
visit, restaurant, book, animal, fish, etc. Be creative and don't forget
to ask the driver too!
everyone a sheet of aluminum foil. Have them mold it into anything they
want: animal shapes, Frisbees, balls, jewelry, crowns, headband, necklaces
and masks. Be creative. Itís inexpensive fun and easy to clean up. Toddlers
love this one too.
that it's sometimes nice to sit in the back of the van with your kids while
Dad is doing the driving and play some games right along side them. You
might be surprised at how much fun you have too. Happy travels!
Laurel Smith is a former schoolteacher and mother of three who has logged
thousands of road trip miles both as a kid and a mom. Visit her website
for more than 101 car trip games
and road trip games
and activities for kids at MomsMinivan.com
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