Printable Travel Games
Are we there yet...?
sing printable travel games is an ideal way to keep kids entertained – and parents sane – when taking long road trips as a family. Vacations are a lot of fun, but sometimes the journey to the destination can be a little stressful, especially when active children have to contain their excitement and sit still for hours at a time.
But, you can stave off the “I'm bored”, “Are we there yet?”, or “He's bugging me” (talking about a completely innocent sibling, of course) comments with fun games and activities that will keep kids occupied and ensure that the atmosphere in the car stays lighthearted and relaxed.
- Travel Scavenger Hunt
Print out a list of things that kids need to look for while traveling. If you have two or more children, they can each watch out different windows and compete to see who completes their list first. The hunt could include such objects as a flagpole, a yellow van, a police car, or an elementary school. Some printable scavenger hunts allow you to customize your list so you can make it theme related, such as a canoe or trailer for a camping trip, or a snowmobile and skis for a winter adventure. A license plate scavenger hunt is also fun, and kids will learn a little about geography in the process.
- Travel Bingo
Bingo is a a perfect printable travel game for the whole family, so you can include everyone from preschool to adult – except for the driver, of course! Cards include pictures of things you might see on your travels such as a stop sign, stop light, cow, church, or bridge. And, since the landscape is constantly changing, the cards can be used over and over again, allowing for hours of entertainment and fun.
- Tic-Tac-Toe or Hangman
If you are traveling with more than one child, printable versions of these popular games are an ideal way to help them pass the time. Tic-tac-toe can be played by anyone old enough to print an “X” or an “O”, and older children will enjoy the challenge of trying to guess their opponents secret word before the hangman picture is complete.
For those who take exception to the “hangman” concept, this game can be played with any picture, including a simple stick man, flower, car, or animal. The goal of the game remains the same: for every wrong guess a part is added to the picture (arm, petal, wheel, ear, etc.) with the object being to guess the word before the picture is completed.
- Drawing/Art Activities
Print a blank template so children can design their own license plate, or find activities that ask kids to complete the picture, finish a comic strip, or turn random shapes into silly objects, such as a squiggly oval becoming a dancing Mr. Potato Head or a skinny rectangle becoming a cartoon ruler.
You can also find plenty of printable coloring sheets, greeting card patterns, and book mark templates that will keep the artistic child in the family entertained for hours.
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