I have this dream of driving across the country with my family, stopping to see the best our country has to offer while helping my children fall in love with our nation as it zooms past their windows.
In reality, I dread road trips.
My family is famous for polishing off the snacks 30 minutes down the road, needing to stop for bathroom breaks a laughable number of times and getting car sick because we read in the car even though we know it makes us ill.
The only thing that saves us from ourselves is road trip games. Here are a few of our favorites we can all play together, which passes the time nicely for both kids and adults alike.
This is a variation of the classic slug bug, but instead of searching for VW Bugs, players keep an eye out for motorcycles and cyclists. This game not only keeps kids busy, it also helps teach future drivers to notice other modes of transportation and to share the road. Just remind your kids to slug gently.
Would You Rather
Each person takes turns asking the rest of the car "Would you rather..." and each player answers. For example, "Would you rather have the ability to fly or to see into the future?" Or, as my kids like to ask, "Would you rather kiss a cow's bottom or a pig's?"
"I'm Going on a Trip" Memory Game
The first player says, "I'm going on a trip and I'm bringing a pillow," (or whatever object they choose). The second player layers on another item saying, "I'm going on a trip, and I'm bringing a pillow and a book." Players are eliminated when they can't remember all the items in sequence. This game can last a surprising amount of time, and kids LOVE it.