Parents leave for a vacation with their children road trip with their kidsYou might be wondering if you can entertain everyone in your car for an extended time. It’s a valid concern.
Corinne McDermott founder of the family-friendly travel website Have Baby Will TravelThe following recommends car games for children:
A car game can be any activity that you do alone or with a group to pass time while driving.
“It’s great to have a few up your sleeve to turn to as screen alternatives,”McDermott spoke to TODAY Parents.
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Kid games in the car
McDermott shared his top picks for car games that kids can play by themselves:
“We stay on the lookout for clouds that are shaped like things or deciphering vanity license plates,” McDermott said. “If we’re listening to music or a podcast or an audiobook, we still keep one eye on the sky or on traffic to share our findings.”
“It keeps their hands and brain busy without the use of a screen,” McDermott said. “The same goes for other ‘fidgety’ toys like Rubiks cubes or classic fidget spinners.”
“I am not a fan of ’99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall,’ but I am a big fan of singing along to the radio,”McDermott spoke TODAY “Create a special road trip playlist or find a channel that plays slightly older popular music and see your kids transform into mini pop stars right before your eyes.”
“Older kids can learn single-player card games like Solitaire and there’s even a solo Chess set with instructions on how to play without a partner,” McDermott said.
Car games for parents and kids
McDermott stated that it was important for her to be with her children while on the road, and that they feel that road trips can be fun.
“Travel alone can be stressful before adding kids to the mix, so if we can find ways to enjoy the journey together then maybe we won’t dread the drive so much,”She spoke.
McDermott recommends two classics for parents who wish to join the fun.
“You can’t go wrong with a classic ‘I Spy’ and we love a version of ‘Who Am I?’ that we’ve customized to be solely Disney characters so the options aren’t too vast,”The travel expert and mother of two said. “Usually we give five statements about the character before revealing who it is but you can jump in with a guess at any time.”
“I can’t help it, I love a good Punch Buggy, but I had to find ways to tame it a bit since my kids were at risk of knocking each other out,” McDermott said. “We came up with ‘Hug Bug’ instead, so if you see a VW Beatle, you have to hug your fellow passenger(s) instead.”
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Tips for parents when taking road trips
McDermott told TODAY Parents that it is important to find games and activities to pass the time that aren’t screen-based, since motion sickness can “really kick in if you’re engrossed in a screen.”
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“However, shows and movies are easier, especially if your car has an entertainment system, or you have a tablet mount that keeps passengers’ eyes from being stuck downwards,”She spoke. “Also, it’s really important to find things that won’t annoy the driver by being loud and annoying.”