Entertaining children in the best of times, in a fully toy-stocked house can be challenging in the best of times but when you are stuck in a vehicle with very limited items. A child’s boredom could ruin an amazing trip/vacation. We have been road tripping with our kids since they were born. Flying can be expensive and you miss out on seeing so many beautiful and interesting places by flying over them.
Travel Games to Play with Kids
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These can be great for all ages, I know I could sleep a 24+ hour drive away easily, but with three children that’s not necessarily an option.
This one is simple and can be fun for all ages. Choose things in the vehicle, or something outside that vehicle that isn’t going to disappear out of sight too quickly. Entertainment with a simple I spy with my little eye….
This one might be best planned ahead of time. Use a printable or create your own, there are a lot on Pinterest. There is a Scavenger Hunt card game which I just learned about, how cool is that?! I love card games for traveling because they don’t take up a lot of space.
I used to play this in elementary school. Pick an object, then everyone gets to ask questions trying to guess what the object is… up to twenty questions then you can revel what your object was. Similar to I Spy. You may want to make a rule about the object being in the vehicle with you, and not something that is going to be gone in seconds.
License Plate Game
There are different versions of this game. Spot all the different provinces/states. Finding ABC’s or 123’s in order.
Amazon has a magnetic version of the game, for traveling in the US. It might come in handy to remember which license plates you have seen.
This one is another that you can plan ahead for. You can make it easier for younger children or “harder” for older children. Use pictures, numbers, words or a combo of them all. Travel Bingo that uses magnets is helpful too, no piece bouncing around or moving off their squares.
This one doesn’t need to be made up ahead of time. A scrap of paper and your set, especially if you have at least two children that can play together.
These are just the tip of the iceberg for our vacation, a road trip to beautiful British Columbia. A trip to dip our toes in the Pacific Ocean. Some the apps I mentioned that don’t require wifi are great traveling as well. I also have a few more things up my sleeve.
What are your go to travel games?