We live with hand-held video games, iPads, smarphone apps, and DVDs in the minivan. Yet for travel games on long car trips, kids can still have fun with old-fashioned ways to have fun.
For starters, introduce your kids to classic car games such as I Spy, I'm Going on a Picnic and The Name Game. There are also many fabulous travel toys and activities that are portable and easy to take along on your trips.
Finally, you can print out free activity sheets to keep kids busy. Below are six links for printable travel games that are suitable for kids age 5 and up.
Simple Travel Games to Print Out and Play in Cars or Planes
- Connect the Dots
- Tic Tac Toe
- Simple Word Games to play out loud: The Sound Game, The Alliteration Game, Straight Face ( - good for laughs)
- Animals A to Z
- Rhyme Game
- Word Scramble
- The License Plate Game - two versions of this classic game to play
Here are some good places to try.
- Mom's Minivan: print out car bingo games, and also check out other ideas such as make a cootie-catcher or string figures.
- Games based on Dr. Seuss Books : print out Seuss-ish Tic-Tac-Toe, Who's Whoses, a Cat's Hat maze, and more.
- Printable travel games and more at FamilyEducation.com: this website has thousands of printable activities including puzzles, quizzes, coloring pages, and holiday activities.
- For preschoolers, the Nick Jr. website has printable materials including travel games such has Dora the Explorer's connect-the-dots and Diego's Car Bingo.