So, it is time to head out on vacation. You have double-checked to ensure you have packed everything and made sure the GPS has your route planned out. However, have you forgotten to come up with some activities and games to keep the kids busy? Here are some great ideas the whole family will enjoy.
One road trip activity that will sure keep kids entertained and quiet for hours are audiobooks. There are audiobooks that are perfect for road trips. Bread Crumbs by Anne Ursu is 7 hours, 51 minutes and ideal for ages 8 and up. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle is 6 hours, 8 minutes and perfect for kids 9-12 years old. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson is 6 hours, 52 minutes and ideal for ages 12 and up.
Activity books are available for every age group and they can provide hours of entertainment. Need some ideas? National Geographic Kids Ultimate U.S. Road Trip Atlas from National Geographic is great for kids ages 6 and older. Our 50 States: A Family Adventure Across America from Lynne Cheney is ideal for kids ages 6 and up. License Plates Across the States: Travel Puzzles and Games from Tony Tallarico is perfect for kids ages 3 and older.
Road Trip Spelling Bee
Using a list of road trip related words, have the kids spell them out. If someone spells a word wrong, they are out of the game. The winner is the last one to correctly spell a word. If you need ideas to get you started, words like car, gas, map, road and stop are great for younger kids, while words like travel, brochure, passport, highway and sunglasses are ideal for older kids.
Fast Food Race
Each child chooses the name of their favorite fast food restaurant like Burger King, Taco Bell, etc. Players earn one point for each time they see or hear the name of their fast food restaurant, such as on a billboard, on an exit sign or hearing it on the radio. After 30 minutes, the person with the most points is the game winner.
First you choose a category like animals, foods, etc. Then, the first person starts the game with the letter A and names something from the category, like Ape for animals or Apple for foods. The next person does the same thing with the letter B, like Badger for animals or bread for foods. If someone can’t think of a word for their letter, they are out of the game. Last person left at the end of the game is the winner.