Top Ten Ways to Pass the Time on a Road Trip
5. Play the Quiet Game
OK. This is one of those “made up” games by parents when you just can’t take the noise any more. You’d be surprised how long your kids will be quiet if they are trying to win. If you add a reward such as a treat at the next rest stop, you may even get a longer spell of silence.
4. Play the Alphabet Game
We love playing the alphabet game on our road trips. First you pick a category, such as animals and then take turns naming an animal, starting with the letter “a”, then “b”, etc. With 26 letters to go through & many different categories, this is one of those fun ways to pass the time on a road trip.
3. Classic Board Games
Playing a classic board game is one of the best ways to pass the time on a road trip. A game like Monopoly or Clue is fun to play and takes lots of time. It can be difficult to keep the game from tipping over but most of these games can be played on a tablet or mobile device as well.
2. Do Mad Libs
One tablet of Mad Libs can be a terrific way to pass the time on a road trip. Take turns shouting out “noun”, “verb”, “adjective”, etc. to fill in the funny story that unfolds. Take turns collecting the words & reading the stories. You’d be surprised how fun it is to make up these fun stories. Doing Mad libs also teaches your kids grammar and helps them understand the structure of a sentence.
1. Play Sweet & Sour
Sweet & Sour is a game where you wave to people in other cars and based on their response you determine whether they are “Sweet” or “Sour”. Smiling, acting friendly & waving will help you get more people to be sweet to you by waving back. If you don’t get their attention or don’t seem friendly enough, they ignore you or get annoyed so you shout “Sour”. In this game the more “Sweets” you get the better. This is our top pick of all the ways to pass the time on a road trip.
On your next journey in the car, try out some or all of these ways to pass the time on a road trip. You’ll be surprised how fast the times passes.
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