Traveling with Children

Making Travel Time Learning Time

Traveling with children can be very trying, but there is no reason that it cannot be fun, and while we are at it, why not learn something too. Our family has been traveling with our children since they were babies, and over the years we have come up with some fun travel activities that keep the children’s attention and teach them something in the process.

While on long trips, it can be very tempting to use the portable DVD player, and Ipod to provide entertainment for your children, and don’t think for a minute that we don’t use those forms of entertainment…. for parts of long trips…. but there are some simple, fun games that you can play with your children that will help make the trip smoother and more enjoyable.

Games to play when traveling with children

One of my children’s favorite games is what my husband calls "Toss Ups". In Toss Ups, my husband simply tosses questions up. For instance, "Who was the first president of the United States of America?" or "If I had 5 apples, and I gave 3 apples to Tom, how many apples do I have now?" Now, as you can see, the questions can be very simple depending on your children’s ages. If you have a larger age span between children, you might toss up general questions to all, but throw in….

Now, this toss up is just for Adam… and then ask a question tailored for the younger child.

This game was a huge hit with our children when they were ages two through five, but even now that they are 11 and 13, every now and then we hear – Hey Daddy – give us some toss ups…. Believe me, trying to come up with questions for smart middle-schoolers is tough!! Any piece of information can be used in the toss ups game from social studies, science, history, math, or trivia… you name it.

Another really fun and educational travel game is "Name that State", or "Name that Country". The game can be played a lot like "Toss ups", where one person gives a fact about a State or Country, and the others in the car try to guess what State that the first person is thinking about. The clues given can be very easy clues such as "the state that we are going to visit on vacation" for younger children, or very tough such as giving the state motto, or another obscure fact. Ideas for parents can be found on state flash cards.

These activities are simple and fun. The idea is for the entire family to be involved and enjoy the thrill of guessing the answers. If you're traveling with children then each of these activities can be played with just about any age group and best of all, there is no cost involved. The idea here is to have fun with your children and make travel time a little easier.

About the Author: Teresa Mills writes and maintains , a chronicle of her family's vacations. The web site's main objective is to motivate families everywhere to shake up the vacation routine and take their families on great kid friendly family vacations. Additional travel tips can be found on Kid Friendly Family Vacations' Family Travel Section

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