Tired of breaking up backseat fights among your bored kids on road trips? Try these mom-tested travel games and activities to occupy your children, and you'll never hear, "Mom, are we there yet?" again. At last, getting there can really be half the fun!
The License Plate Game
Print a U.S. map off the computer and give one to each child along with a set of crayons. The kids color in the states as they spot license plates from each one. You could make this an extended game that lasts all summer with the goal of coloring all 50 states before school starts.
License Plate Bingo
My sister and I played this as kids and I passed it on to my own children. I make up bingo cards with the names of the states on them. I give them the cards with a supply of stickers and let them mark off the states as they see them on passing license plates.
Travel Scavenger Hunt
We make up lists of things for the kids to watch for while on the road. There are a lot of generic things found on most road trips and you can spice up the lists with special scenery along your particular route. Just pull out a map and a travel guide for help. Give each child a list and plenty of stickers since they don't fall off and are easy to use for marking items off the list. I usually make up two sets of lists with different items, one for the trip there and one for the ride home.
The Suitcase Game
To play this game, you have to come up with something to pack for each letter of the alphabet and each person has to repeat all the things and then add her own by saying, "I'm going on a trip and in my suitcase I'm taking ..." So by the end of the alphabet it can be really tricky to remember all those items. Actually my mom and I still play it sometimes if we're driving somewhere!