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5 Inexpensive Ideas for Keeping Kids Occupied on a Road Trip

Have a last-minute summer vacation planned or preparing ahead for a road trip later this year? I shared 5 Inexpensive Ways to Keep Kids Occupied While on a Road Trip on Roo Mag last week:

Planning a road trip before school starts up again? Here are some simple and inexpensive ideas for keeping your youngsters occupied while traveling:

1. Printable Travel Activities

The internet is bursting with free printable travel activities. From Travel Bingo, to the License Plate game downloads, to Road Trip Scavenger Hunts. There’s something for just about every age and interest!

You can also print activities that aren’t necessarily designed just for road trips, but can be lots of fun nonetheless. Things like printable coloring pages, dot-to-dot worksheets, crossword puzzles, mazes, and more can keep children occupied for hours on end.

We like to make a special binder for each child with age-appropriate travel activities that they can do. Add in a zippered pouch with crayons, markers, pens, and/or pencils and you’re all set!

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  • I love these ideas! We travel a lot so we’re always trying to entertain the kids. My kids are a bit older and enjoy scavenger hunts. We also like to play the license plate game with a twist. We pick out several states that would be a rare find and assign a dollar amount. We live in Maine and so we like to assign Hawaii five dollars. California is $1 and Ohio is 25 cents. It is a fun way to let them “earn” the spending money we have already set aside for them. They love finding the states that are “bonus states”. If you have a smart phone it is also fun to have them look up a fact about each state as they find it for bonus points.

  • Alice says:

    I am wondering if anyone has good ideas for younger kids. My son is 17 months and we’re taking a long flight to Europe soon. He should sleep most of the way there but the way back is about 9 hours, and we need lots of (small) things to keep him busy!

  • Julie says:

    These are great ideas.
    My son has inherited my ability to get carsick while doing anything that requires focus: reading, writing, looking at a map, etc., so I have to choose activities carefully.

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