Traveling is a great time to create special family memories and can provide some wonderful learning opportunities. But it can still be challenging when you are stuck in a car or plane for hours. Here is a list of our favorite games and activities for traveling.
- Note pad and colored pencils or crayons
- Dot-to-Dot books
- Books—Here are our favorite books.
- mp3 players preloaded with music and audio books
- Audio books—Here are our favorite audio books.
- Mad Libs—There are so many options for all age levels. It’s always fun to see how crazy the story can get.
- Handicrafts such as braiding, crochet, knitting with circular needles, friendship bracelets, and finger knitting
- Hand clapping games
- String Figures—Mom’s Minivan has lots of great video tutorials to help your kids learn how to make the string figures
- Math games to play in the car such as guess my number, twenty question, or math problems are a fun way to pass the time. This post even has a free printable to take with you for quick reference.
- I remember when—This can be a wonderful time to remember special, silly, or significant events in your family’s history. Kids love hearing about themselves when they were little and especially about the silly things you did as a kid.
- Grids For Kids—We enjoy working on these critical thinking puzzles while traveling.
- Battleship—This is a wonderful paper version from Miller Pads and Paper. No little pieces to lose! (Pick it up at your next homeschool convention.)
- Lace-a-Bear from Lauri Toys
- Doll House Lace-a-Scene from Lauri Toys
- Magnetic paper dolls—These come in many varieties but most come in a tin case like this set or you can make your own DIY magnetic paper dolls.
- Pipe Cleaners—Lots of creative fun happens with pipe cleaners. This kit with instruction book was helpful to get the creative juices flowing.
- Rhyme Out—This is a fun game that really makes you think. Even the seven-year-old can play.
- Spot It
- Lab Mice
- Magnetic Hangman
- Magnetic Tic-Tac-Toe
- Magnetic Checkers
- You Gotta Be Kidding—The Crazy Game of “Would You Rather”
- Travel Blurt
- Movies—We do allow them to watch movies while traveling, but we limit their screen time to one movie per travel day. (More than that and their behavior deteriorates quickly!)
What are your favorite travel games and activities.
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