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Beat backseat boredom! Here are 7 fun ideas to keep your kids entertained during your next road trip, while boosting brainpower and bonding with family. Besides, gazing out the window means they will get a better sense of going on and adventure as they watch the scenery change and spot buildings and landmarks that are unfamiliar. How to get kids to set down the tech for at least a good part of your trip? ActivityHero gathered these 7 great games and activities that kids love — and some are even fun to play well into their teen years!
Be sure to play at least a few of the ones that involve the whole family, such as the Alphabet Game. They allow for some silly interaction between parents and adults that is sure to start your trip off with miles of smiles. Heading down a highway? In this game, passengers check out the plates of vehicles nearby and attempt to find at least one plate per state. To begin, have kids make a list of all 50 states. They can hand-write it during the trip, or you can prepare sheets ahead of time at home. To make it more challenging, see if the your kids and you! Next, give a copy of the list to each.
As each child finds a plate from a new state, they cross it off their list. The first one to complete all 50 states or get the highest crossed out is the winner.
Alternate version: Instead of a worded list, give kids a printed black-and-white map of the states widely available online and have them color each state as they spy a plate from there. To play, kids will try to find each letter of the alphabet — from start to finish — by looking at street s, billboards, highway markers, plates, car or truck logos or artwork, and any other item with wording or letters.
The alphabet must be completed in order, which means it can be challenging when you get to Q and Z, unless you do happen to be near Albuquerque or Zion National Park. In this case, Albuquerque could count for A and B. Alter the rules as you like, but be sure everyone knows them! Kids can either work together to finish one alphabet or each complete their own in a race to see who finishes first. A tried-and-true favorite for over 50 years, Mad Libs can still entertain every generation in vehicles, at rest stops, in the lobby of a restaurant, or in a hotel room while waiting for a turn to brush teeth.
Purchase your own book of Mad Libs at your favorite book store, visit the website Madlibs. Kids will practice language and terms, such as identifying the difference between a noun and an adjective. Give each child a notebook and crayons. Or create a homemade travel journal using construction paper and office paper, punching holes in the spine and linking them with yarn. Each time you enter a new state, encourage your child to draw a picture of something they spot, and ask them to write a few memorable things that they liked about that state.
Older kids can log the trip in greater detail. Did you stop somewhere for lunch or dinner? How was the food? What sort of things did you see there that are different from those back at home? Not only will this help you recall good times when you review them a few months later, but it also will allow you to return to favorite spots if you make the same journey again. This is a great activity for the whole family, except perhaps the driver who should save their attention for the road ahead.
See how Fun in the car girl you can keep the game and the story going. Kids will exercise their memory and concentration with this game.
If you complete a particularly funny story, one of the older kids can write it down after the fact, recording it in their travel journal so you all can have a good laugh later. No peeking in the travel journal for help!
Can I get an F for fun? In this travel version, everyone chooses one thing that they are excited to see or do at your destination. Then each person puts that thing in the form of a phrase, just as the game show does. Next, have passengers take turns trying to guess one letter at a time to reveal the answer. If they can solve the puzzle first, they win! Kids will practice reasoning and spelling with this game.
This is also a good way for parents to learn what each child is hoping to do, so everyone will have a fond memory when the vacation is over. You can use ActivityHero to help you find a drop-in session or a day or evening class at your destination, where your child can a special activity while you savor a meal and some couples-time at an upscale eatery. Or work together with your kids to construct some homemade ones prior to the car ride, using these instructions.
For instance, they may choose a teddy bear, a dinosaur, or a cartoon character. They may draw it themselves or you can print it out from a website photo. Next, use the hole puncher to place holes around the outline of the picture, locating them about an inch apart and an inch from the edge. Take these cards, along with the plastic needle and yarn, along on your trip.
What fun games do YOUR kids love to play during road trips? Share your ideas in the comments to help other parents keep their kids happily amused! And for more car activity suggestions, check our Fun in the car girl posting on kid-friendly, screen-free podcasts to keep little ones entertained. Close Menu for Parents. Parenting Resources. School Schedules.
Parent Power. Online Classes Camp Guides. Bay Area. Mad Libs Who can resist the silly stories that ensue with Mad Libs? Make a Travel Journal Give each child a notebook and crayons. The Alphabet Memory Game This is a great activity for the whole family, except perhaps the driver who should save their attention for the road ahead.
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