When planning long road trips, a lot of preparation also has to go into planning fun activities for the kids. Going out of town becomes less fun when you have a car full of restless toddlers and children. Whether your trip is an hour long, or even several hours long, it's still a rule of thumb to make sure you have enough fun activities planned to keep the kids occupied. Here are some of the best ways you can make the long ride more fun for you and your family.
Books are a great way to pass the time while waiting to get to your destination. Bring plenty of books to keep the kids occupied. You don't have to limit your collection to story books, you can also pack in some puzzle books, trivia books, coloring books, activity books and more. The more choices, the less bored your kiddie companions will be.
2. Magnetic Board Games
Board games are almost impossible to enjoy in a moving vehicle, unless you have a way to keep them stable. That's where magnetic games come in. There are a number of simple magnetic games that you can get at your local toy shop. Stash up on magnetic tic-tac-toes, snakes and ladders, checkers and more.
3. Classic Road Trip Games
You can also revert back to classic road trip games. Since these simple games have been around for some time, they've been proven to keep boredom at bay. Here are a few samples:
- 20 Questions: One person thinks of anything while the other person tries to guess. The guesser is allowed to ask up to 20 questions that are answerable by yes or no. Such as "Is it an animal? Is it in the car?" and so on. If the object is identified correctly, then the guesser wins.
- I Spy: Also an object-guessing game. The object to be guessed has to be visible to everyone in the car. The person starts off by describing the object saying "I spy with my little eye...". You can give the object's color, beginning letter, size, or just about any clue.
- I Went on a Picnic: Here's a game that involves imagination and memory. The first person starts out by saying "I went on a picnic and I brought an..." and has to give an object that starts with the letter A. The next person has to say that object, and give another that starts with the letter B, and so on. Each player must remember all the objects that were brought to the picnic.
4. Journal Keeping
One way to keep kids occupied and interested is to task them to keep a trip journal. They can write down all the things they saw and experienced on the way. You can even pack a little craft kit so they can color and decorate their journals. A spin on this fun activity is a scavenger hunt. You can make up a list of items that each kid has to find and stick to their trip journal, such as a white pebble, a flower, a sticker and more. Prepare a simple prize for the child who finds all the items first.