Going on a road trip is a great way to explore the world and expand your cultural horizons. When you’re traveling with kids, however, the open road can be an accident waiting to happen and unless you arm yourself with the right kinds of entertainment, you could be in for a long ride. Keeping children entertained on a long journey can make your trip all the sweeter and give you a whole load of fond memories to look back on. And if you can drive on in a little more peace? It’s all the better for you!
- I’m Going On A Camping Trip
Sometimes, the classics are really the best and when it comes to keeping your kids occupied, this game can work wonders. An ABC game, I’m Going On A Camping Trip starts with each person listing something they’re taking on an imagined camping trip, stating each item out loud. As the game moves past each player, they must think of a new item with the corresponding letter, remembering what the other players said before them. A great way to test your memory, this game will keep you entertained for a long time!
- Cheesy Wheezy Boom
This is the kind of game that can be played anywhere, at any time, although long car journeys work the best of all. Each time anyone in the car spots a yellow truck or car, they must say “cheesy wheezy boom!” before anyone else gets in. Each time you spot a yellow vehicle you get a point and the first person to get 10 points wins the game!
- Etch A Sketch
Looking for a quieter trip? Try giving your child a task to play on the road. Games like Etch A Sketch can keep children entertained for significant periods of time, getting them to focus on the task in front of them. If your children both want to play with the game, try setting them an interactive task. Each child has to pick an animal or object and draw it on the Etch A Sketch. It’s up to the other child to guess what it is before 30 seconds are up!
- License Plate Lingo
With all of those other cars on the road, it’s worth making good use of them to keep you children entertained. Enter License Plate Lingo. A verbal game, the activity gets your children to come up with interesting meanings behind the letters on the license plate in front of them. For example, the letters GMG could mean Green Mountain Giant or Giant Milk Guzzler. Whoever can come up with the most bizarre and most funny meaning for each plate wins the game!
- The Celebrity Game
When all else fails, try turning to the stars of the silver screen. The Celebrity Game starts out with a random celebrity, whose full name is spoken out loud. The first player must come up with another celebrity whose name starts with the same letter as the first character of the previous celebrity’s last name. For example, if you started with Taylor Swift, you could follow up with Selena Gomez. Each time someone passes, they are removed from the game. Last person standing wins!