have all the mobile apps, electronic games and digital movies they want, but
after sitting in a car for an extended period of time, children grow tired of
these objects. Not only can they quickly become repetitive, but staring at a
screen for too long while sitting in the car can be dreadful. Parents who
are seeking more engaging ways to keep their children entertained during road
trips should consider the following time-tested car games for children:
Spotting the 50 states
Prior to your trip, print a list of all 50 states for each of your kids. Every
time they see a car with a license plate from one of the states, have them mark
it off. This game can go on for the duration of the trip, so be sure to remind
your children to keep their eyes peeled!
Provide your children with Bingo boards that they can mark off each time they
see one of the items. Consider making your own Bingo board that relates to your
specific trip. For example, if your family is driving down to Disney World, try
to fill the squares with Disney-related statements. One block could read
"Mom singing a song from 'The Lion King,'" or "Dad quacking like
Donald the Duck." When the child gets three items in a row, he or she must
yell "Bingo" to win.
Road Trippers explained the premise of one children's game called "My
Cow." Each time the family passes a herd of animals - whether its a team
of horses or flock of sheep - the child must yell "My cow!" Once the
creatures have been claimed, the child adds them to his or her personal
collection. The source encourages families to add their own rules to the mix as
they see fit.