5 summer travel games for kids!

If you’re traveling with your kids this summer, whether it’s by plane, train, or car, it’s essential to bring a handful of travel games to keep the little ones occupied and less inclined to ask “Are we there yet?” every five minutes. Here are some ideas for hitting the road while keeping them distracted until you reach the campsite, hotel, or Great Aunt Mildred’s house.

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Travel bingo

Whether you opt for the something like Eeboo’s travel bingo set, or print out your own version from a site like Mom’s Minivan, travel bingo is a guaranteed crowd pleaser.

I spy

“I spy with my little eye, something blue.” This classic, easy game is perfect for preschool age and up and is bound to keep them happy for a long time. One person spies something of a certain colour and recites the line. Everyone else takes turns trying to guess what they “spied”.

travel apps for kids

Travel apps 

Screen time is more than ok on a trip—it’s pretty much a lifesaver. Go for educational ones like Barefoot World Atlas. It’s loaded with visually striking lessons about animals, indigenous people, and tons of cool facts and tidbits from around the world.

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The animal name game

One person names an animal, then each person in order has to name a different animal that starts with the last letter of the previous animal named. Just for fun, no winners. You can also try the game with countries, movies, and more. Perfect for kids about 6 and up.

travel games for kids

Draw a map of your trip

This one’s not so much a travel game as it is a fun activity. Make a simple map that features stops along the way and your final destinations. Draw some cute landmarks like tunnels or bridges for the kids to find en route. Make it easy to follow so your kids can mark it with a crayon as you go along. If the kids are old enough, they can make their own map!

Erin McGann

Erin McGann is Managing Editor for Toronto Mom Now and Vancouver Mom. She drinks just a bit too much coffee, is a bit obsessed about sourcing local food, plays the cello moderately well, spends too much time on Twitter, keeps honeybees on a rooftop, and has a thing for single-malt whisky. Erin is working on a novel set in turn-of-the-century Vancouver, which her husband, son and dog have to hear about all the time, and also blogs at Erin at Large. Contact her at erin [dot] mcgann [at] crispmedia [dot] ca

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