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40 Free Printable Road Trip Activities for Kids

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We are gearing up for a HUGE family car trip this summer & I'm on the look-out for some road trip activities for the kids!

The trip is going to be much longer than we thought -- 10 days through 11 states covering 2600 miles!! 

I know - crazy!  But we're really looking forward to it -- we believe that family travel is a great way for kids to learn all kinds of things.

This year, we'll be seeing lots of family, celebrating my in-laws 50th wedding anniversary and attending freshman orientation for our oldest who is starting college this Fall.

It's going to be a monster of a trip with lots of overnight stops and quite a few hours in the car.

Soooo .... time to start planning on how to keep everyone busy, happy and fed ;)

 

Since we love to travel, I'll be sharing a handful of posts over the next month on how to plan an awesome family road trip!

And the first thing I always tackle is putting together a binder for the trip that's chocked full of fun (& free) printable activities!

 

Road Trip Activities for Kids - free games & printables

 

40 Free Road Trip Activities for Kids

 

I have three goals when I create a car trip binder for the kids:

1.  Include surprise activities they can do both on their own & with others in the car

2.  Find fun things that will keep them off the tech for a while

3.  Get the kids interested in the places we're visiting on our trip -- because that's one of the reasons we travel, right?!

 

The first thing I do is to print off a variety of car trip activities!

I search for games they really enjoy (for example, Mad Libs are a big hit with us right now) and fun pages like coloring or design printables.  We also play the license plate game as a family every summer so that's a big one for us too!

I also look for maps & activities that highlight places on our travel route, worksheets that share fun facts about the states we visit and anything that gets them writing -- like some fun travel journal pages.  I've included links below for each of the resources we've found along with affiliate links for items that will help you put together your own road trip binder.

 

Road Trip Activities for Kids

 

Here's a huge selection of printable road trip activities & games to make things easier for you!

 

Road Trip Games for Kids

All for the Boys has some wonderful car activities -- 12 pages of mini games & puzzles the kids will love!!

I love this Travel Battleship game from Mothers Home!

Play the License Plate Game with this free printable state map.

Salt and Pepper Moms has a fun printable car game sheet and a travel journal page too.

FreePuzzles.net has 6 printable car games including mazes, hangman and car bingo.

Enjoy these 5 printable car games from In the Playroom (for US & UK travel).

I Heart Organzing has some wonderfully colorful Road Trip BINGO and Alphabet I-Spy to keep the kids entertained.

And you know how much we adore Scavenger Hunts!  Here are a few gems:

Road Trip "Find It" for Tweens from Carla Schauer

City, Suburb & Rural Scavenger Hunts from Mom's Minivan

And Make & Takes has a fun coloring scavenger hunt too

 

Fun Ways to Learn on a Car Trip

One of my favorite journal pages is this 'Our Trip' printable from B. Nute productions -- perfect for encouraging a little writing while on the road!

For some great state-by-state learning, visit Education.com and print out the State Puzzle Sheets for each state on your trip.

I like to include a Kids' Road Atlas or map with the binder too (we get them free with our AAA membership) -- this is great for map reading skills! 

Have the kids highlight the route you're taking and they can follow along as you drive.  Younger kids might enjoy driving a Hot Wheels car along the route as you travel.  And older kids will be intrigued to see what interesting places you might be passing on route.

 

 

Playful Printable Road Trip Activities

Enjoy this Hotel Scavenger Hunt from Moms & Munchkins if you're spending the night on the road.

Picklebums has these cute and open-ended Road Trip Drawing Prompts.

Doodle Art Alley has a set of Summer Coloring pages that can be used individual or as a family coloring activity.

 

  Road Trip Activities for Kids

 

Next, I organize them all into a Road Trip binder!

One thing that works well for us is to sort the pages by travel day so I know that each morning of our trip there will be new activities for them to do!

I separate the printables using manila folders (which is great in case we want to pull out the items for one day).  Then I use a 3 Hole Punch with all the printables & manila folders and insert them into the binder.  Each set is labeled with the date so it's easy to see.

I include a 3-Ring Pencil Pouch binder pouch with the following items:

We don't bring markers in the car (I learned why the hard way) and crayons tend to melt in the summer heat when we travel so we've found that a set of colored pencils is the way to go ;)

We also love to have these Storage Folding Lap Desk so the kids have an easy place to read/write during our trips!  I also put their summer reading logs in the back of the binder since we do a lot of reading & audio books in the car (print this free Summer Reading Log to use!).

 

  Road Trip Activities for Kids

Last, I created a fun cover for the binder along with an autograph page for the back of the binder which is great to have when you're visiting a lot of family -- everyone can sign a fun note on this page. 

You can download the cover and autograph page here .

I'm telling you -- this little binder has been a huge help on our trips! 

The fact that the kids have had something to look forward to each morning when we load up the car is incentive enough for them to not drag their feet when we have to pack up.  And it's been wonderful to have a way to keep them writing and reading using fun activities on our trips.

 

There you go -- step 1 in preparing for the Ultimate Summer Road Trip!

 

 

Looking for more ideas on getting ready for a road trip?

The Ultimate Road Trip Guide: Why Getting There is Half the Fun

10 Things to do Before Your Next Road Trip {with free printable checklist!}

Travel Journal Ideas for Kids {with free printables!}

 

 

summer scavenger hunts

 

Be sure to visit our 20 Amazing Summer Scavenger Hunts for more free printable fun!

You'll find scavenger hunts for the zoo, beach, camping and more -- lots of places you'll probably visit this summer ;)

 

 

What activities do your kids enjoy on road trips?

 

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Comments

 
Guest - Washington on Monday, 01 June 2015 03:51

My grandson would love these activities.

My grandson would love these activities.
Guest - Rosemary David on Tuesday, 06 October 2015 11:12

Kids will definitely enjoy these kind of activities.

Kids will definitely enjoy these kind of activities.
Guest - Tahnee on Wednesday, 27 April 2016 15:22

I so needed these soon! Thank you for posting! I randomly saw it on Facebook!:)

I so needed these soon! Thank you for posting! I randomly saw it on Facebook!:)
Jacquie Fisher on Monday, 06 June 2016 13:40

So glad they'll be helpful Tahnee -- enjoy your trip!!

So glad they'll be helpful Tahnee -- enjoy your trip!!
Guest - Rachel on Wednesday, 08 June 2016 17:28

Thank you so much for putting this together! You just saved me so much time trying to find activities for a 9 year old and 5 year old to do on a 13 hour car trip! This page was so helpful, everything I could ask for, for both of my kids! I can't wait to use the binder!

Thank you so much for putting this together! You just saved me so much time trying to find activities for a 9 year old and 5 year old to do on a 13 hour car trip! This page was so helpful, everything I could ask for, for both of my kids! I can't wait to use the binder!
Guest - Maka Ukash on Friday, 02 December 2016 15:23

I would like my kids to do alot of fun things they never did it before.

I would like my kids to do alot of fun things they never did it before.
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