License Plate Game | Printable Road Trip Games

License Plate Game | Printable Road Trip Games

The License Plate Game is a great game to play in the car with your kids -- print this free US map of the states and play today!

Our family started looking for license plates in our own hometown whenever we were in our car during the long summer months. 

Seems that we were frequently heading to some fun local attractions, taking my oldest to golf tournaments or running errands (they are endless when you have kids, aren't they!). 

So in order to pass the time, we started a friendly family competition -- at the beginning of each summer, I print off a map of the US (get your FREE map below) and we keep it in the car.  Each time one of us sees a plate from another state, we 'claim' it on the map.  Then at the end of summer, we tally those 'claims' to see who has found the most license plates!

It's fun, there's some learning involved and we have a great time finding all those cars from other states who've decided to visit our area each year.

Plus it's a great way to keep the kids entertained on short or long road trips :)

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17 Around the World Activities for a DIY Summer Camp

17 Around the World Activities for a DIY Summer Camp

Welcome to our first week of DIY Summer Camp -- this week's theme is Around the World!

Summer is a great time to explore a new topic or dive deep into a favorite theme with kids -- the days are longer and the schedules are lighter :)

Finding a summer camp near me that's also related to something my kids really enjoy can be a challenge at times (like the year my son was infatuated with the Giant Squid!) so doing an at-home summer camp is a great solution!

At home summer camp's do not have to be complicated or expensive! 

You know me -- I do easy ;)

Each week, we'll share some fun & inexpensive ideas around a popular theme or topic along with some free printables & a simple 'formula' that will help you to quickly pull together some fun activites that your kids will LOVE too!

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15 Winter Olympic Activities & Lesson Plan Ideas (free printable!)

15 Winter Olympic Activities & Lesson Plan Ideas (free printable!)

Celebrate the 2018 Winter Olympics with kids using this FREE printable challenge that can be used as a teaching resource & lesson plan guide or just for fun with your family as you enjoy the Olympic Games together!

There's so much to learn during the 2-weeks of the Olympics -- it's a great time to introduce geography, cultural activities, STEM projects and more!

And we've got an AWESOME way to inspire your kids or students to do more than just watch the events!

Grab your FREE printable copy of the Winter Olympics Challenge -- complete with bronze, silver & gold medals -- and see how many 'events' you can complete before the closing ceremony.

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11 Olympic Activities and Crafts for Kids

11 Olympic Activities and Crafts for Kids

Enjoy learning about the 2018 Winter Olympic Games with these kids' activities!

It's hard to believe that it's time for the Olympics again!

This year, the world will be watching all the winter activities in PyeongChang for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

It's a great opportunity to introduce something new to the kids -- maybe a new winter sport or a quick tour of the globe to find the location of PyeongChang. 

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Christmas Around the World Activity {with free printable game!}

Christmas Around the World Activity {with free printable game!}

Christmas is a wonderful time to introduce your kids to traditions and cultures from around the world!

If you think about many of the holiday traditions you have in your family, I'll bet they were handed down through generations and have some type of connection to your heritage.  For example, our Christmas Eve menu and activities are part of my Italian heritage.  And many of the decorations we use in our home can be connected to different countries around the world.

Today's activity is a fun way to inspire some learning this holiday season and perfect if you're celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas!

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Musical Games for Kids: Songs from Around the World

Musical Games for Kids: Songs from Around the World

Inspire an interest in culture & geography with this fun musical game for kids!

I'm always looking for fun ways to integrate a little geography into our lives -- especially hands-on activities that allow us to use maps !

So when our friends from The Educator's Spin on It sent over a copy their new book (an AWESOME collection of learning games), it didn't take much time for us to decide which activity we wanted to showcase:  Mapping Songs from Around the World!

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Geography for Kids: 8 Awesome Atlases

It's so important for kids to understand (and appreciate!) geography these days! 

The world has become a much smaller place now that social media has taken a front seat in our lives.  It seems to be a daily discussion at our house -- a current event, the coming of the Olympics, a great photo in my Instagram feed illicits the question "Where is that place?"

And one of my FAVORITE ways to introduce the places & culture from around the world is by using an atlas.

Unlike when we were kids, atlases aren't just a 'boring book of maps' -- they include so many cool details.  In fact, the one item on our 10 Things to do Before Your Next Road Trip list that is so popular with our readers is the Kids' Atlas! 

So sit back, relax and browse some of our favorite books that explore the world along with some fun map activites the kids will love too!

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Christmas Around the World: Map Activity {w/free printable!}

Christmas Around the World: Map Activity {w/free printable!}

Enjoy learning about Christmas Around the World with this free printable Santa's Name Chrismtas game!

I love to find ways to integrate maps & geography activities for the kids throughout the year.

I worry that without exposure to actual maps & globes, the next geneneration isn't going to be very map-literate given the ease of websites like Google Maps and all the conveniences of having a GPS in their cars and phones. 

Goodness knows if they ever get lost in the woods, they probably won't have very good wifi and may need to find their way home ;)

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10 Map, Geography & Culture Activities for Kids

I love to explore the world with my kids! 

There's something very eye-opening about learning how other people live and seeing the beautiful places around the globe.

And even though we love to travel, most of our foreign explorations happen right in our own home.

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Children's Books about Countries Around the World

There are a lot of fun ways to introduce kids to geography and different cultures. 

We love to use maps with different activities to explore the world.  Having a map in your home is an inexpensive but excellent learning tool!

We also love reading books that introduce us to different places across the globe.

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Map Activities for Kids & Summer Reading

We're having some fun with maps this summer!  I love using maps as a learning tool with the kids.  Maps help teach geography, directions, reading skills and so much more.

Previously, I shared Why Every Home Needs a Map - 7 Fun Ways to Introduce Kids to Geography.  Today I want to expand on one of those ideas by sharing how you and the kids can connect geography with your summer reading.

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Why Every Home Needs a Map

Lately, some of the most common questions in our house are "Mom, do you know where this country is?"

Or "I heard about this place on the news/in school, how far away is it?

And with the Olympic Games this summer, I imagine that we'll have a lot more of these geographic questions.

My response "Let's find it on the map."

 

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