If you are like the majority of families this summer, you will probably take a car trip or two. Instead of reaching for the iPad to keep kids occupied, and possibly to save you some data on your cell plan, we put together a few ideas that would be perfect for any road trip!
1. No more … “Are we there yet?” Simply the most over asked question in the history of all car rides. Go to Google Maps, and map out your full ride, so they can track how far along they are! You can include mini “rest stops,” or sightseeing locations that are visible without having to stop for instance, a funny town name or exit number.
2. Subtract It Out The best way to get kids to practice math? Turn it into a fun game! Use the current mile marker and subtract is less the mile marker you take to get to your destination.
3. Would You Rather The last time you played this game may have been in your college dorm room, but did you know there was a PG version? Print out these “Would You Rather” ideas from Teachers Pay Teachers for hours of fun for the whole family.
4. Magnet Fun Attach chalkboard paper to an old baking sheet to make for a easy and portable drawing station! You can also use magnets
5. License Plate Coloring Your kids will get a ton of enjoyment from this! Print out this map and every time they see a license from a new state, they color it in. Depending on where you live, this may be a fun challenge that can keep them occupied through the trip.
6. Travel Bingo Print out this sheet and play a unique take on bingo! It’s a fun way for them to learn about what different street symbols mean and explore what’s around them.
7. Partner Games If you have an even number of kids, or would like to participate yourself, you can go old school with a notebook and play iSpy, tic-tac-toe, or hangman, depending on the child’s age. And if that doesn’t remind you of your favorite road trips as a kid, I don’t know what will!
8. Pipe Cleaners The easiest, but by far best distraction to date. Give your child a pack of pipe cleaners, and let their imagination go nuts. You can even ask them to create letters for a little educational bonus!
9. Legos in a Lunchbox Fill the back of the flap of a metal lunchbox with a lego “sheet” and fill the container of extra pieces for an easy way to bring them on the go
10. Learn the States! The perfect combination of fun and learning, you can print out blank US State Print-ables here to get your kids to learn about the state they are driving through, while staying occupied! Talk about a win, win.
Do you have any fun screen-free road trip activities that are a success for your family? Comment below! Don’t forget to also share your screen-free fun this summer by using #SurpriseRideSummer.