Fun Games for Kids During Road Trips
Road trips are always a memorable time for everybody in the family, and this is especially true of children who haven’t seen much of the country. Piling everybody into your Honda and taking off can often lead to excessive boredom between interesting pit stops. Play these simple games with your kids to keep them having fun and out of trouble on your trip.
I Spy is a classic, easy game that can be adapted to any number of situations. The basic rules of are simple: somebody spots something in the car and says “I spy with my little eye something that…” and then they choose a descriptive phrase such as “is yellow” or “can’t be eaten.” Each person in the car gets three guesses, and if they guess correctly they get to be the next turn. If no one guesses, the original person gets to go again.
If I Was From…
This simple game is an excellent way to teach your children about the different states you’re traveling through on your trip. Start out by singing “If I was from…” and fill in the state you’re currently driving through, such as “Idaho.” Then say something silly you would do, such as “If I were from Idaho, I’d eat nothing but potatoes.” Integrate real facts about the state to make the game more educational.
The Quiet Game
Try out this game if your kids are getting unruly or if you need to take a break from talking. Turn off the radio and tell everybody they’re playing the “quiet game.” Everybody has to be as quiet as possible while you play. If you make any type of noise, you’re out. The last person to make a noise gets to pick the restaurant you eat at on your next pit stop.
Pick a Suitable Car
One problem with many car trips is that there isn’t enough room for kids to spread out in the back seat. Plan ahead for this: go with something spacious, like a large sedan or an SUV.