x
Creative
The paint brush icon represents creativity. For content about raising a creative child, look for this icon.

5 Activities to Make Travel Fun

Road Trip Games

Highlights 4Cs

Curious, Creative, Caring, and Confident™
x
Curious
The light bulb icon represents curiosity. For content about raising a curious child, look for this icon.
x
Creative
The paint brush icon represents creativity. For content about raising a creative child, look for this icon.
x
Caring
The holding hands icon represents caring. For content about raising a caring child, look for this icon.
x
Confident
The thumbs up icon represents confidence. For content about raising a confident child, look for this icon.
Travel games encourage kids to interact with each other, and take note of what they see out the windows. Here are five activities to play either cooperatively or with a touch of competition. Try them out, and then create variations that suit your kids’ ages and interests.
Activities to make travel fun
Building Words

Passengers decide on a word to “build” together. Look for the letters in roadside signs. Find each of the letters, in order, until the word is complete. Rotate who chooses a word, or let the person who spots the last letter of a word choose the next word to build.

Spotting Signs
Encourage your kids to look for signs on the road. Give each passenger one or more specific signs to look out for. Stop, yield, and one-way signs are among the most common, but you can also create a point system to give extra credit for unusual signs.
License-Plate Math
Kids can practice adding the numbers on license plates. Younger kids can try to spot numbers, in sequence, from 0 to 9.
Tallying Cars
Kids can do their own research about the popularity of car colors by recording the colors of the cars they spot on the road. They can also record the number of license plates from various states or the different makes of cars.
Creating “What I See” Stories
Encourage your children to develop a “round robin“ story: One person starts the story, then each person adds a few sentences based on something observed through the window.

Which of the following phrases best describes your elementary-school student?

Parents Talk Back
Which of the following phrases best describes your elementary-school student?
My kid is an introvert.
9% (5 votes)
My kid is an extrovert.
38% (20 votes)
My kid is mostly an introvert but sometimes behaves like an extrovert.
25% (13 votes)
My kid is an extrovert but acts like an introvert from time to time.
28% (15 votes)
Total votes: 53