Car Games

On long roadtrips, it can be tempting to let kids plug-in to their i-pods or watch movies all day. I tend to think the car is the perfect place to connect with each other, you have a captive audience. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

  • Play Games – 20 Questions, Punch Buggy, the License Plate Game, the Alphabet Game, Packing for Grandma’s, Add-a-Sentence Stories
  • Sing-Alongs – With young children, this is preschool and campfire songs. I loved relearning patriotic songs like America the Beautiful and folk songs like Puff the Magic Dragon as my girls hit elementary school. Now we have top 40 and alternative rock sing-alongs with the radio.
  • Books on Tape – This counts as reading aloud time and can be very enjoyable if you find a book that appeals to the whole family. We started with the Winnie the Pooh Classics Collection and have worked our way through Judy Moody.
  • Bring Car Toys – We keep a bag of toys on the shelf in the garage that are just for long trips. If they are available at other times, they won’t last long in the car. This includes travel board games, magnet dress-up dolls and playscenes, a foam tic-tac-toe board, travel bingo, woodkins and a rubics cube.
  • Bring Car-Friendly Art Supplies – Think notebooks, pens and pencils, crayons and coloring books, Colorwonder markers by Crayola and scratchpaper.
  • Bring New Magazines – The kids get several magazines including Cricket, National Geographic Kids, the American Girl magazine and Highlights. When these come in the mail, they go immediately in the seat pocket for roadtrips.

Please comment and share your best ways to keep them connected on roadtrips!

Author: Dr. Rene Hackney

With a MA in school psychology and a PhD in developmental psychology, I founded and work as a parent educator at Parenting Playgroups. Somewhere in there I trained in the Developmental Clinic at Children's NMC and in the public schools. I have two beautiful, funny children who make me practice what I preach most everyday.

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