Travel Games for Kids
Keep Road Trip Kids Happy with Travel Games for Kids
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Travel Games for Kids make all the difference in the world when it comes to a happy traveling group of kids! No more whining from the back seat. No more questions and comments from the back seat like…
‘Are we there, YET?” or worse…
“He’s on MY side.”
or my personal favorite,
“She’s looking at me.”
Well, maybe we can’t eliminate those things entirely, LOL, but you can sure make things on the road nicer for the whole family by giving the kids something fun to pass the time.
We travel a lot and have since the kids were tiny. Once, when the oldest was just an itty bitty baby who hated the car seat, I rode next to her in the back seat to try to make the long trip better. We parents do what we can to keep everyone happy!
Now that the kids can enjoy travel games for kids, activities, and books on the road while I can sit in the front with my husband – like a grown up! Your kids will enjoy them, too! Choose a few things from this list for your kids – travel games for the young travelers and tween/teen travelers, too!
Connect 4: Grab and Go Game Remember this classic game? It is still lots of fun. Introduce it to your kids.
Battleship: Grab and Go Game – Another fun and quiet game for the kids. Take time to sink a battleship!
Magnetic Board Game Set Magnets are a brilliant creation for a car! Play a wide variety of games here – some will be completely new and foreign to your kids. Introduce them to a new world – what is old is new again!
Travel Spirograph Playset I so loved my Spirograph when I was a kid and now I can have my kids playing it with good feelings because it works on fine motor skills. Stronger little fingers mean better handwriting and contrary to what you might hear, that is still an important skill even though we type a lot these days.
Take ‘N’ Play Anywhere – Hangman Again, magnets to the rescue! As a former teacher, I can tell you that hangman is a great game! Use their spelling words or vocabulary and learn while you are on the road!
Mad Libs – What’s not to love here? The former English teacher in me adores this game as it helps you practice parts of speech. If your kids are of the normal variety you’ll be sure to have words like ‘fart, poop, snot’ and other gross things crop up. See, learning can be fun!Tangram Game travel 176 Magnetic Puzzle Tangrams are a wonderful way to practice creativity and spacial skills. You can have fun and learn and pass the time along the way – all at the same time. Parent win!
Bingo An old-fashioned game of Bingo, thank you magnets, is something even the littlest travelers can play. If you are really brave, you can teach them the song to go with it! Remember the song, “B-I-N-G-O and Bingo was his name – O!”?
Memory Game by Melissa & Doug OK be forewarned that this game, like most things made by Melissa and Doug, this made of wood and the little pieces that you open and close make a very satisfying (and loud) SNAP – Every. Single. Time. your child plays this game. Over. And. Over. Again. The kids LOVE it though!!
Finger Flickin’ – Magnetic Doodle Balls This game works just like the one you played with when you were a kid – the one that had little metal pieces that you could swirl around to give him hair. Remember that one? This one is quiet, easy to play, no small pieces to get eaten or lost, and is WAY more fun because it has open-ended possibilities. Your child can draw anything or practice writing their letters. Lightweight, cheap and a must to toss in the travel bag for your kids.
Go Fishing – Take ‘N’ Play Anywhere Game Kids old enough not to EAT the little magnet on the end of the fishing pole would love this game. Two siblings will pass the time with this fun game.
Travel Games for Kids – The Tween Set
Tweens are a little harder to satisfy with a game. How often do you hear things are ‘lame’ and ‘babyish’? These games will have your tweens giggling in the back seat which is a GREAT way to pass the time on a long trip. You’ll be so glad that you tossed these in the travel bag even if your tweens told you not to before you left the house!
The Game of Things – Travel Pack Fun topics to get the kids talking, laughing and giggling. You’ll be shocked at the fun, silly, and even sophisticated things they come up with! Totally different than the regular home version of The Game of Things.
Loaded Questions Junior Card Game The kids won’t like the word ‘jr’ in the title necessarily, but this is perfect for the middle school-aged kids. Get everyone thinking and really listen to each other. Road trips are a great time for conversation. Really get to know the kids!
IQ Fit Challenge all the smarty pants travelers in your car to work these puzzles. With 120 brain teasers, you are sure to have hours of fun!
Scrabble to Go Board Game The ’tile lock system’ keeps little places from going all over. Be sure to pack a dictionary, or allow using one online, because middle schoolers can be brutally competitive. If you have a whole handful of letter ‘a’s may I suggest the Mongolian city of Ulaanbaatar.
Man Bites Dog We love this game and always have a lot of fun creating crazy headlines. Lots of giggles will be what you hear from the backseat!
Blurt A fantastic and fun way to learn some vocabulary! Someone reads the definition and the rest of the people blurt out the answer. Fun, easy and learning, too! This is a great game for travel.
Worst-Case Scenario Card Game: Travel If you’ve ever wondered what you would do in a zombie apocalypse, this game is for you. Great way to get the kids talking. Be sure to listen closely, conversations help people learn about each other and strengthen their relationships.
Games on the Go Love this tiny collection that you can toss in your purse. Lots of games for all ages that will be loads of fun in the car or at the restaurant table while you are waiting for the food! Enjoy!
For long trips with the kids, you’ll be interested in other activities to keep the kids busy and happy!
Natalie, The Educational Tourist