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Road Trip Games for Kids
Does the thought of an upcoming road trip fill you with dread because you have no idea how you are going to keep your kids entertained for so long?
Well you can stop worrying because we’ve pulled together a huge list of road trip games kids will love as well as activities and free printables that will keep your kiddos entertained for hours!
You can’t beat a good old game of licence plate bingo while you’re road tripping.
Not only does it get your child looking out of the window but they can learn about the States as they play!
Colouring books and activity books are perfect ways to keep the kids entertained on long road trips and if your kids are Star Wars fans there are some great choices here.
If you don’t have time to run to the store to buy colouring books try some of these free printables instead.
Such a great idea for helping little ones understand maps and directions. Draw a map to your destination and let your child drive their own car along, keeping track by the landmarks.
You might not think about letting your kids build with LEGO in the car but putting together a small kit like this will give them something to focus on. It’s great for keeping them entertained in restaurants too.
You really shouldn’t head out on a road trip without at least one Mad Libs book to keep the whole family entertained!
If you’re travelling with kids who are in Kindergarten through to second grade print out a set of these free bingo cards before you go. As you’re driving along they need to spot various items along the Interstate.
Here’s another great idea for long road trips, having the kids keep their eyes peeled for restaurant signs and billboards along the road.
If your children love to draw but sometimes need a little inspiration try printing out these drawing prompts and attaching them to a clipboard for the trip.
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Wikki Stix are brilliant for road trips (and plane journeys) because they can be stuck together and combined to make all kinds of creations but they’re totally mess free!
A travel bag is a great idea because not only will it keep your child entertained on the road but also in restaurants and during hotel stays. You can fill it with goodies from the Dollar Store or free printables from this collection.
If you’re travelling with a toddler who isn’t quite ready for colouring books and play dough try making one of these clipping toys to keep them entertained.
If your child loves colouring it is a great way to keep them occupied on long car journeys, except if they’re not very good at keeping hold of their pencils and they end up all over the floor! Here’s a genius way to stop that from happening.
Melissa & Doug Tape Activity Book: 4 Rolls of Easy-Tear Tape and 20 Reusable ScenesMelissa & Doug On the Go Felt Friends Craft Activity Set With 188 Felt StickersMelissa & Doug On the Go Scratch Art Hidden-Picture Pad – Favorite ThingsMelissa & Doug Flip to Win Travel Memory Game – Wooden Game Board
You really can’t beat Melissa and Doug for creative travel games for your kids to play in the car. Here are just four of our favourites.
Matching games are a lot of fun and something your child can easily play on an activity tray in the back of the car. This brightly coloured game is sure to keep them engaged.
If your child likes to act out their favourite stories make a set of these finger puppets before you leave.
How clever is this? A mini whiteboard that your child can write on and some popsicle stick prompts to inspire them.
If your road trip is really long you might want to pull out a new game or activity every couple of hours, and these travel games are perfect. You might even recognise a couple from your childhood!
Tic Tac Toe is a fun game to play and we love that this DIY travel version has velcro so the pieces don’t fall off when you go around a corner.
This travel memory game is so easy to make and because it’s felt the pieces will stay stuck together.
What a brilliant idea for an I Spy game. You could put any small toys inside the bag if your child prefers princesses or farm animals or even dinosaurs.
This is such a great idea. Hang up a piece of string and take along some mini pegs and pieces of paper. Have your children draw pictures of landmarks as you drive by and then they can track your progress by hanging up the pictures.
If your child loves to be creative then some of these mess free travel activities will keep them occupied in the car.
Here’s a genius way to make your own magnetic travel board games!
How cute are these? They make a great activity for a child who loves farm animals. And if you are worried about them putting the magnetic pieces in their mouths you could make it with laminated pieces and velcro instead.
Totally adorable! If your little girl loves imaginative play with dolls she’ll LOVE playing with this on a long car journey!
No instructions for this one but you should be able to figure it out from the picture. Let your child get busy creating their own delicious ice cream combinations!
This is the PERFECT travel game to make if you are road tripping to Disney World! And because its magnetic you don’t have to worry about the kids losing the pieces when you go around a corner.
Isn’t this just the cutest thing you’ve ever seen? Boys and girls will have so much fun playing with these little felt characters and when they’re done you just close them up in the altoids tin to take with you on your travels.
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Car Seat Activity Trays and Organisers
If you’re going to give your child games and activities to play while you’re on your road trip they’re going to need somewhere to store them and a flat surface to play on, because the last thing you want to be doing is pulling over every five minutes to pick things up out of the footwell!