5 Games for Traveling with Kids
Traveling with your family can be a ton of fun, but not so much with toddlers and preschoolers. The drive or flight, for them, is awfully boring. Your options are pretty limited, so you will have to do everything you can to keep them quiet and placated through the ride. To pass the time, play one of these fun travel games.
1. The Alphabet Game. This is the go-to game for many people and it’s an opportunity to help your children learn. If they are old enough, work as a team to identify objects outside of the car (this doesn’t work on a plane) that start with the letters of the alphabet, starting with A. Try to get all the way to the end. Good luck with Q and Z!
2. The Picnic Game. The first player beings, “I went to a picnic and brought…” and then names a food or object that would belong at a picnic that starts with an A. The next person has to repeat the phrase, name the first item, and then name something that starts with B. Go around in a circle until you have used up the entire alphabet. It’s a great memory game!
3. Group electronic games. Many video games are single-player and non-educational, so they aren’t worth getting your children into them, but many games are designed for group play and learning. You will have to do some research, but look for games that stress use of language and math skills. Find games that involve passing the system around, or games where everyone is encouraged to help solve the puzzles/riddles.
4. 20 Questions. This game helps kids think critically and ask the right questions. Players take turns coming up with an answer (usually a person, place, or thing, but if your children are old enough you can try abstract concepts). The guessers can only ask questions that can be answered with a yes or a no, and they can only ask 20.
5. I Spy. I Spy is a classic kids’ game, perfect for when there are no toys or devices available. Use objects inside the car that everyone can see. Professional players can use objects that pass by, but that makes the game tough because everyone will have to remember what they may have passed. The spy will usually give a couple hints (with more if the guessers can’t figure it out), then everyone needs to come up with the answer.
Written by Holly MacLean from Wee Urban
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