There’s something to be said for the days when a family road trip involved singing show-tunes and playing a heated game of I Spy in the car. And while we now have the luxury of popping in a DVD or handing them the tablet to keep the kids occupied, it’d make for a much more memorable vacation if you ditched the electronic entertainment – at least for a while – in favor of some good old-fashioned fun.
Here are a few fun kids games to play in the car – or on the train, boat or plane – the next time you’re traveling.
Count the Cars
Heading on a long journey with the kids? Put a scavenger list together in advance of things to look for while you’re on the road. It could include finding different colored cars, finding certain letter combinations or numbers (maybe their initials or their age) or keeping their eye out for different things trucks are pulling. If applicable in your part of the world, track the different states, provinces or countries you may see on license plates.
If you are traveling with a small one, use the time to practice her ABCs by looking for the letters of the alphabet as the world whizzes by. Starting with “A,” go straight through to “Z,” finding each letter on a billboard, street sign, license plate, bumper sticker or anywhere else on the road. Play a round every day and by the end of the vacation, your cuties will surely have mastered their ABCs!
Artists in the Round
If your family travel plans include a plane, train or ship, you’ll have a little more space (and hopefully fewer bumps) to give this drawing road trip game a go.
1. Supply each family member with a piece of paper and pen. In the first round, everyone draws a head and neck of a person (or occupation like a fireman), creature or animal then folds the paper leaving just the bottom of the neck visible.
2. Pass the paper to the person to your right, and without peeking, have participants draw the torso and upper body. (If anyone gets stuck, remind your artists that anything goes, from an octopus to a Martian to a pirate with a hook.)
3. Fold the paper again, keeping a minimal part of the waistline visible.
4. For the final round, pass to the right again and have everyone finish the drawing by adding “legs” and “feet.” Once you unfold the finished artwork, challenge the artists to come up with a name for your creation.
Your trip might just end with a kanga-rooster in your hands!