When you’re about to head off on a long road trip with kids, you may find yourself with a few mixed emotions. Regardless of how old your children are, a long road trip with kids can prove to be quite a challenging experience. Even teenagers get boredom moments along the path of your family road trip. Today I wanted to share a few ways you can keep the kids busy while you work to ensure this becomes a memorable trip for the whole family.
How to Keep Kids Busy on a Road Trip
Stop for Exercise
During a long road trip, it’s normal for the whole family to feel cooped up from time to time. Map out locations that will be a great place to stop and let everyone stretch and run around for some exercise. It’s important that you take time to stop for exercise during a long family road trip. This will keep the adult’s legs from getting sleepy and it will help run off some of that built up energy in your kids.
It’s always fascinating to see how much kids can learn about a family road trip. There are so many ways to incorporate education into your road trip that will entice the kids to be entertained for hours. Think about creating word searches, I Spy bingo cards and similar educational printable activities. Bring these in the car along with crayons, pens, and markers so that you can enjoy some fun on the drive.
Get out the Map
Give the kids in the back seat their own map and have them draw the path that you’re driving. This is not only educational, but it will be fun to see if the kids actually mapped your road trip adventures properly. Learning how to use a map may seem silly in our GPS driven world, but it’s an important skill and can keep your kids busy on a family road trip.
Play a Word Game
This can be a super fun and hilarious way to keep kids busy on a road trip. Have one family member say a word and take turns saying another world until you’ve created a silly story together. You can also switch this up to say rhyming words or use letters to come up with clever new words. Example: you say ARC and a family member comes up with a sentence, “awesome real car”. Take turns and have fun!
There you have it, some really easy ways to keep kids busy on a road trip. With summer just around the corner, many families are sure to be hitting the road. I hope my tips help you get creative with ideas on how you can enjoy this road trip, even with kids in tow.