Going on a road trip with our families can be so much fun, but the constant chorus of “are we there yet?” and “I’m bored!” can start to get tiring when you’re halfway through a long ride. That’s why we rounded up these Road Trip Activities for Kids.
With these fun ideas, you can keep the kids busy and having fun even on really long road trips. There are games, crafts, and so many other great kid-friendly travel activities you are going to love.
Road Trip Activities for Kids
With so many great road trip activities to choose from, you may want to consult the kids to help you narrow down the options. Although some of these make great surprises too! Not only are these fantastic ideas for during the road trip, but they are perfect for any rainy days spent in a hotel or tent.
We suggest starting by putting together a basic craft kit: scissors, glue stickers, pipe cleaners, pony beads, popsicle sticks, pompoms, feathers, googly eyes, construction paper, and markers/crayons are all good options that won’t take up much space, but provide hours of fun.
This is such a fun way to surprise the kids. Every time you hit a certain landmark, location, or mileage point, they get to open a goody bag. Genius!
Make this tic tac toe game before you leave and get hours of enjoyment out of it while on the road. The board for the game is also the storage bag.
Another fun idea for treats and craft supplies along the way – grab some items at the local dollar store and fill some small containers for the kids to choose from or to surprise them with!
These activity kits provide a different activity in each case. The cases then fit into a binder, making this an easy way to keep everything contained and organized for the trip.
Keep the kids entertained and engaged looking for a variety of items along the way. Who can find the most?
Embroidery floss, twine, and pompoms form these adorable macrame rainbow charms that can then be turned into backpack or suitcase charms, jewelry, or a mobile. Once the kids get the hang of making these, they’ll probably want to make one for everyone they know!
Instead of based on location, these goodies are handed out hour by hour throughout the road trip. A fun way to hand out snacks and activities and keep the kids guessing what’s coming next.
Friendship bracelets are perfect for crafting on the road. They require very few supplies and take up very little space.
Little ones will love clipping and unclipping this toy over and over again.
Play a fun Pictionary game while on the road and reinforce letter sounds while you’re at it!
All you need to make these yarn dolls is yarn! Wind a variety of colors around a scrap of cardboard to save on space.
Another great REUSABLE activity idea – simply use dry erase markers so you can play the game, wipe it off, and play again!
Going on a short trip across town? Or maybe heading to the grandparents’ house for the weekend? Make a map of familiar places and let the kids follow along as you travel.
Kids love Lego but they take up so much space while traveling? So make a portable Lego kit that keeps them contained!
Remember those fun road trip games you played on long trips with your family? Check out this list of road trip games you can play – many without any special equipment – with your family on your next vacation.
Or how about a magnetic word building kit for the kids who are learning to read?
If you’re anything like us, we LOVE tracking the different license plates we see while out on the road. This is a fun way to track them while learning a bit more about where the different US states are at the same time.
Who can call out “Bingo!” first while playing this road trip version?
Tangram puzzles have so many different options that they can provide hours of fun and exploration!
This is another great fun and educational game option. Let the kids hunt for items for each letter of the alphabet as you drive along.
Based on the board game Guess Who, this travel Disney version is sure to be a hit with the kids.
Great ideas right? We think there are activities to choose from here for everyone! Don’t worry about keeping your kids busy on your next long trip. These are sure to make them smile!