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My husband doesn’t like to fly.
My other boys don’t like to be in the car for too long.
You can see, we have a bit of a challenge…
So, this summer we will be driving to our holiday destination with a plan in place to entertain the kids.
That and plenty of stops.
At least, that’s what I figured. But when I looked for car games to entertain the kids, I mostly found stuff that meant the kids would read something…
My kids are too young for that. Give it another 6 months, and Q can read. But that won’t do us much good now.
Instead, I’ve gone in search of non-reading car games and compiled the list myself
Road trip games for and toddlers
- Sensory books – babies and toddlers love to feel the different fabrics and colors, as well as the sounds that these books can make.
- Spiral activity toys – easily the biggest his when your kids were younger. Keeps them busy for ages. Hanging toys don’t only entertain, but they also improve hand-eye coordination and motor skills.
- Teethers – if baby is still in the middle of teething, use some teethers to entertain them. Make sure to get one with a ribbon that’ll link the teether to the car-seat. Small kids are masters at losing things in the car.
- Peek-a-boo – bring along a car mirror to keep an eye on the baby and play peek-a-boo while travelling.
- Make silly faces – another game with the car mirror that babies love. They are still in the middle of learning all the facial expressions and love to see mommy and daddy’s face change.
Road trip games for preschoolers
- Magic drawing board – bring a decent sizes magic drawing board that they can use time and time again.
- Audio books – kids love to listen to stories, an audio book can give them just that
- Read books aloud – bring a couple of their favorite books and read one every hour or so. It helps them through the last minutes before the next stop.
- Road bingo – a sheet with items they might see on the road. Include stickers so they can check off what they’ve seen.
- I spy – pick an object in the car and start with “I spy with my little eye something…” and then name a feature of the object, usually the color.
- Make a map – print a map of the journey that you’ll be making, highlight the planned stops. It give the kids a visual of where they’re going.
- Goodie bags – buy some trinkets and wrap them. Give the kids a new “present” every hour or so that they can play with. You can also buy a set and split it up, such as a set of dinosaurs, wrapping each dinosaur individually.
- Healthy snacks – if blood sugars get low…well, things could go downhill. Prepare some healthy snacks such as carrots, tomatoes, berries, etc that you know the kids will like. Make sure it’s soft, cut up and will go down well.
- Box of lego – LEGO and LEGO Duplo are great to keep the kids busy. Use some printable games or let them play by themselves.
Some additional tips for road trip games for toddlers and preschoolers
Be realistic about how much you can travel in one sitting. Kids simply don’t like to sit still, and as the day wears on that will only get worse. 3 more tips to make travel go more smoothly:
- Have a plan – space things out a bit, and give the kids things to entertain themselves with as well.
- Put a bag in the back seat that will hold all the supplies.
- Use a lap desk for the kids to play on.
What about you?
What are your tips for road trips with the kids? What works for you? What should we watch out for? And what are your favorite car games?