If you are planning a road trip this summer, you are probably searching for ideas to help pass the time for your kids. Take these activities and ideas along with those swimsuits and shorts.
Find It Games
Before you go, write the letters of the alphabet on index cards. During your trip, deal them out to everyone. Search for words starting with those letters on billboards, or simply things out the window starting with those letters. The first one to go through all his cards is the winner.
I’m Going on a Picnic
The first player says, “I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing…” He or she then names a thing to bring that starts with the letter A, like apples or artichokes. The next person repeats what the first person said, but adds a B word. For example, he or she might say, “I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing apples and broccoli.” This continues, with each person adding a word starting with the next letter of the alphabet until someone forgets the items. When that happens, that player is out. The last player to be able to recite all the items on the list wins. To add variety, you can play subsequent rounds going to different places, like the beach or to a campground.
License Plates Games
Start by joining together to name all the states in the U.S. This can be harder than it seems. Keep this list handy and every time a license plate from that state is spotted, mark it off. Try to complete your list before your trip is over. Finding Alaska and Hawaii will be extra special.
Pick a category. For example, you might choose cities, presidents, flowers, sports, or movie stars. Each player has ten seconds to name something that fits into that category. Continue playing until only one player is left. That person picks the category for the next round.
Never Ending Story
The first person begins this game by saying, “Once upon a time. . .” and then adding a sentence. The next person continues the story by adding a sentence or two. This can continue as long as you like.