Our kids are 8 and 3.5 and any trip in the car over 30 minutes involves lots of entertainment planning. I have a Toyota Sequoia with a drop-down TV and DVD player, so movies are a MUST. Before each trip I go through the movies and put all new movies in there so they aren’t watching the same ones over and over. Before too long, though, they are bored with the TV and start asking “are we there yet” every five miles. So in preparation for longer car trips I am making a list of road trip games.
- My FAVORITE game to play in the car as a kid was the states game. My brother and I would have a piece of paper and a pen and as we drove we would write down all the tags we saw in hopes of seeing all 50 states. Granted, the kids have to be able to read in order to play this game, so it doesn’t work very well for my 3-year-old.
- The ever classic I-SPY… Perfect for any age! You can make it easy or hard based on their age.
- The ABC game ~ We always played this by saying “I went on a picnic and with me I took a…” and then started with the letter “A.” So the first person would say “I went on a picnic and with me I took apples.” The next person would repeat the first letter and then move on to “B” and so on and so forth. So when you’re on the fifth turn you would be saying “I went on a picnic and with me I took apples, bananas, carrots, dried fruit, and eyeglasses.” It doesn’t have to be food every time, but it’s more challenging if you stick with a theme.
- BINGO ~ You can find free printable car bingo sheets online or even make your own. For younger kids your bingo squares can be made up of easily identifiable objects such as a bird, MPH sign, cow, etc. For older kids, you could do card models are the squares.
- Scavenger Hunt ~ If it’s a route you’ve taken before and you know what your kids will be seeing on the way, create a scavenger hunt for them. They can check them off as you drive and see who can find the most. They can be easy items such as a stop sign, dog, street light, etc. and there can be hard ones mixed in, such as a monument, a certain bridge, a particular store, etc.
Thanks to Pinterest, there are a LOT of free printables you can find online perfect for road trips. Urban Bliss Life has a super cute set of printables on her blog and KC Edventures has a long list of where to find a lot of free printables as well! Hopefully your next road trip will be less stressful with a few games to keep the kids occupied!