One of the ways for you to express your creativity and create a fun and interactive journey is drawing a good old travel bingo. It is simple, and all you have to do is draw a grid for each passenger (except a driver) and fill it with certain tasks that have to be ticked off. Do not make it an easy one, and remember to include landmarks which will be found on your journey. Include complicated license plates, and anything from seeing two motorbikes together could be on the list. The first one to tick off every single one wins the game and gets a custom made goodie bag. Bring one bag for each kid playing the game, but put in different goodies so that all of your kids get rewarded equally.
Putting on some great classics such as Old MacDonald Had a Farm and singing along with your kids will really lighten up the mood. In order to make it extra special, mimic as many animal sounds as you can, one each, until one person cannot think of a new animal. That should be enough to get you several hours, and the kids may end up sleeping afterwards due to exhaustion.
Prepare their iPods
Another way of focusing their attention on something else other than travelling is loading their iPods with interactive content such as a cartoon or an audiobook. If you need help, simply find free online kids games like Poptropica, which are fun, interactive, yet educational. Some kids love watching movies, so consider that as an alternative to cartoons. Your options are unlimited, and as long as your preload their iPods with different content, you will keep them busy for the most part of the journey.
I spy with my little eye
One thing that never gets old is a guessing game, the famous I spy with my little eye. Basically, all you have to do is spot something and say which letter it begins with, and then everyone takes turn in guessing what it is. Be creative yet do not make it too difficult for they might get bored. Take turns with them, and you will soon realize that this game can be prolonged for hours without stopping. The best part is – time will pass by quickly and they will not realize it.
License plate acronyms
If you get stuck in a traffic jam, look for different license plates and develop acronyms. For instance, the DID becomes Daddy Is Driving, and MLS becomes Mommy Looks Silly. The goal is to create phrases from the last three letters on license plates of each car you pass by. This is not only extremely fun, but it is also very educational and interactive. Make sure you break the ice and give them a few examples to get them going.
Turning a road trip into a travelling party is one way of killing time and ensuring that your kids will have fun rather than being bored. All you have to do is get super creative, and the miles will keep on rolling. From spotting landmarks to singing along, find a way to enjoy your journey.