Road Trip Boredom Bustersenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-roadTrip-enHD-AR1.jpgRoad trips can be fun and educational with just a little planning and preparation. Here are some ideas to get your family revved up for a trip long on smiles and short on frustration.road trip, road trips, car trip, car trips, traveling with kids, travelling with kids, road trip games, road trip activities, car trip games, car trip activities, summer travel, boredom busters, vacations, summer breaks, spring breaks, time off, games for kids, kiddie games, card games, games06/02/200301/10/202001/10/2020KidsHealth Medical Experts86e7181b-9d38-41e1-94ea-81b02d215a0fhttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/road-trip.html/<p>The family road trip can be a time to bond and learn about each other's interests and points of view &mdash; or an ordeal that makes you want to scream every time you hear "Are we there yet?" from your kids.</p> <p>A road trip can be a fun, educational, and sane experience with just a little planning, creativity, and preparation. Sure, electronic games, apps, and portable DVD players are great distractions. But don't overlook these family-friendly games and activities that can keep everyone happy as the miles go by.</p> <h3>Can-Do Cards</h3> <p>Don't underestimate the power of a deck of cards. It presents endless possibilities for all ages and can provide hours of entertainment and concentration. If your kids are sick of the standard Go Fish, Crazy Eights, and Rummy games, buy &mdash; or borrow from your local library &mdash; a kids' card games book for new ideas. Or buy a deck of quiz or trivia cards to keep their brains busy.</p> <h3>Contest Craze</h3> <p>Hold an official family spelling bee or trivia contest using index cards to write down words or questions. Winners can earn trinkets, stickers, activity or coloring books, trading cards, food treats, money (the younger the child, the smaller the amount), or extra minutes of hotel pool time or stay-up-late time.</p> <h3>Good Ol' Games</h3> <p>Use the fallback road-trip games &mdash; 20 Questions, the License Plate Game, and I Spy.</p> <p>Try the Alphabet Game. Pick a topic (for instance, animals) and a letter (A), then have everyone name animals that begin with that letter, like aardvark, antelope, ape. The best thing about this game is that kids can pick a topic of interest &mdash; cars, TV characters, countries, cities, foods, names, etc. &mdash; and there are 26 possibilities (one for each letter) for every topic.</p> <p>Make the games into marathons, awarding special treats or trinkets to whoever wins each round. Then have lightning rounds or finals for extra-special awards.</p> <h3>Journal Jotting</h3> <p>Buy cheap but sturdy journals (or use plain notebooks or create your own from construction paper, hole puncher, and yarn) and have kids write down and describe what they see along the way. Have them collect something small (a stone, a seashell, a flower, etc.) or buy a super-small trinket from rest stops (buttons, stickers, postcards, etc.) to glue into their journal, describing each stop and each location or landmark they pass.</p> <p>Bring along a stack of old magazines and have kids cut out and paste pictures into their journals to illustrate some of what they've seen (cows, fire trucks, palm trees, deer, cars, etc.). Give each kid a disposable camera to capture their own memories and keep the pictures in their personal road-trip journals.</p> <h3>Make It Magnetic</h3> <p>Stock up on a few super-cheap magnetic games (like tic-tac-toe, checkers, etc.) at the local dollar store or at gift shops along the way.</p> <h3>Map Quest</h3> <p>Bring a large map (or smaller map book that little hands can better handle) just for the kids. Have them use stickers and highlighters to mark each road you take on your journey.</p> <h3>Road Trip Box to the Rescue</h3> <p>Find a sturdy cardboard box or hat box (one for each child) and paint the top with chalkboard paint (black or green). Stock the box with tons of handy-dandy arts and crafts items and playthings: chalk, chalkboard eraser, washable markers, crayons, pocket-sized coloring books, colored pencils, scrap paper, mini dry erase board, dry erase marker and cloth eraser, construction paper, stickers, stencils, colored pipe cleaners, Popsicle sticks, tape, colored tape, mini pom-poms, child-safe scissors, hole puncher, yarn, and small dolls or action figures.</p> <p>Long road trips are a great time to put kids' imaginations to the test to create puppets, masks, journals, and more.</p> <h3>Silence Is Golden</h3> <p>When all else fails, use the standby game "See Who Can Be the Quietest." After hours of singing and crafting, your little ones just might appreciate the challenge of not saying a peep. Make prizes worth their while, with incentives such as money (quarters, a dollar), gift-shop trinkets or games, and a few extra minutes at the hotel pool or staying up a few minutes longer that night.</p> <h3>Sing, Sing a Song</h3> <p>Bone up on sing-along songs. Or buy or make a playlist of "round" songs (like "Row, Row, Row Your Boat," "Three Blind Mice," etc.) or sing-along/participation songs ("Old MacDonald," "B-I-N-G-O") that will get everyone &mdash; even the most tone-deaf &mdash; involved. Buy a kazoo or plastic harmonica for every family member for added accompaniment.</p> <h3>Tales Aplenty</h3> <p>Bring a few of your kids' favorite books &mdash; or those they've been wanting to read &mdash; both in the printed versions and audiobooks. You can listen to the story as the kids read along.</p> <p>If you'd rather not spend the money, visit the library to check out copies of the books and music before you go. Or just bring the books and take turns reading the stories out loud (making sure to use your best character voices, of course).</p> <h3>Team Storytelling</h3> <p>Ask each family member to create a line for a story (e.g.,"There once was a boy name Hugh..."), then have everyone add a line until you're all stumped ("who lived in the town's biggest zoo" ... "he often had nothing to do" ... "so he decided to make an igloo" ... "with a big polar bear named Sue"...).</p> <p>To make things really interesting, go as fast as you can, rhyme as much as possible, and take turns out of order (pointing to someone new each time). Write down the story as you go, then have kids create drawings to coordinate with your silly tale. When you're done, you'll have your own custom-made family story.</p> <h3>Window Gallery</h3> <p>Use washable window markers to make colorful creations that even passersby can enjoy, or to play endless, paper-free games like tic-tac-toe and hangman. 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