Traveling with the family is a wonderful way to explore the world together. But traveling with children can be a bit like taking a herd of wild goats on vacation. Taking a child’s needs into account on your travels involves a lot more than putting on a CD and making rest stops. Having fun travel activities help make a long journey manageable.
If you’re heading out on a long journey have a collection of toys to be handed out once an hour. Handheld puzzles, tiny coloring books, stickers, word searches and even tiny packs of Play Doh will pass the time on a long flight or car journey.
Here are some other great homemade ideas we have used.
This homemade magnet and chalk board is so simple, but so BRILLIANT. Hop on over to Sunny with a Chance of Sprinkles to see how to make one for better kids.
The Joys of Boys has two different travel Bingo cards available for printing. These cards are geared towards younger kids, but anyone can join in the fun!
This low tech idea is from Desert Chica. The travel craft sticks are inexpensive and easy to make. The kids can use them to create shapes and designs.
For old-school fun make these great I Spy Rainbow bottles from Pink and Green Mama. My grandchildren love I Spy and these keep them entertained for hours. They are very inexpensive and easy to make.
Keeping a journal is a great way to practice writing skills and record some of the memories you’ve made along the way. Here is a free printable for their travel journals from Voluntown Housewife!
Printable pages of fun activities is a very inexpensive way of keeping the kids entertained. It’s worth printing out some of these activities from In the Playroom and keeping them handy along with a clip board and some pens and pencils.
Bring on the family vacation!
If you travel with teenagers, check out the post, 5 Tips for Surviving a Road Trip with Teenagers.