If the idea of going on a long car journey with the kids fills you with fear, you’re going to need some ideas on how to keep them entertained whilst you’re driving. If classic travel games aren’t their thing, we’ve got some top tips for creative kids and car travel. Izzy from PassSmart has put some of these tips into practice with her own family, and explains here that the in-car craft ideas aren’t as messy as they sound!
The crafty travel kit
Firstly, you’re going to need to make a crafty travel kit for them to use on your travels. Stickers, coloring pencils, pieces of card and different materials are all good for travel crafts. Things like glitter, glue and, of course, scissors, should be kept out of the kit for obvious reasons!
Let the kids choose what materials and card colours they want in their kit before you go, so they’ll be able to make what they want. Because they can’t take scissors with them, it might be worth getting them to cut out some shapes before you leave.
Bingo isn’t just for those over 60! It also makes for a great kids travel game. With some road sign stickers, you can make your very own car bingo game. Making the bingo card couldn’t be easier. All you need is an A4 piece of card to draw a grid on, with as many boxes as you like. The kids can do this in the car. Don’t worry, the lines don’t have to be too straight!
When they recognise a road sign, they can stick the relevant sticker on to their bingo card. This gets them taking notice of their surroundings, and will keep them entertained for a while. You can even get involved too if you’re not designated driver!
• A4 paper or card
• Road sign sticker set
The bubble wrap game
The bubble wrap game is a really fun and inventive travel activity, not to mention a great way to get rid of old bubble wrap. It’s an idea I read about on Apartment Therapy, and the kids will love it!
All you need is some A4 or A3 paper, some bubble wrap (the type with large bubbles), and colouring pencils or crayons. Get the kids to draw pictures of things they might spot on your journey. Place some bubble wrap over the top, and secure it in place with blu-tac. When they see each object/animal, they can pop the bubble over the top of it! You can also do this with a trip to the shops. Tell the kids what’s on your shopping list, and once they’ve put it in the trolley, they can pop the bubble!
• A4 or A3 paper or card
• Pencils or crayons
• Bubble wrap
Create their own puzzles
Depending on the age of your kids, they could create their own puzzle, wordsearch or number game. They don’t need to be complicated, and they can make the rules up themselves. If there’s two of them, they could swap them over and try to complete each others. If not, promise them you’ll have a go at it as soon as you take a break or reach your destination.
• Paper or card
This one works best when you’re on the way home from a holiday. Get the kids to make and write their own postcards to whoever they want. It could be to family members or best friends and they can draw whatever they want on there. They can write about what they’ve been up to on your trip, and people will love receiving them.
• Colouring pencils
Drive safely and enjoy your trip!
This guest post was brought to you by Izzy Guarella; a writer at PassSmart.com.