Road trip! The words have different connotations depending upon your age and station in life. For families with young children, the notion of hours (and hours and hours) in a moving metal box with four wheels and finite space can seem a bit daunting.
There are, luckily, devices designed to keep the whole family entertained while you are on the way to the main entertainment (Walley World anyone?). From portable DVD players to handheld video games (and let’s not forget books!), there are myriad ways to keep kids busy while you drive from Point A to Point B (and stop at Landmark C in between).
But now, not to get all “when I was your age I walked uphill in a snowstorm seven miles both ways,” but when we were younger, there were no electronic toys to keep us occupied. It was just ourselves (and a sibling or two), confined to the back seat, trying to stay sane. What did we do? Road trip games of course! Here are some of our favorites:
- I Spy
- 20 Questions
- License Plate Bingo
- Team Storytelling
- Rock, Paper, Scissors
- Banana Game (Whoever finds the most yellow cars wins)
- Punchbuggy! (In which you keep an eye out for VW Bugs)
- Mad Libs (buy the books or make up your own in advance)
- Which Hand?
- Quiz the Big People (the little one picks a topic and you name as many Pokemon, dinosaurs, etc. as you can in a minute)
- Be Weird Al (and create your own song parodies)
- Build an Imaginary Sandwich (the only time you will OK a pretzel, chocolate chip, syrup, white bread combo)
- Colorforms on the windows
- Magnetic fishing
What about you? What kind of road trip games do you like to play in the car with your kids?
(Originally published on July 22, 2011)