If I only take into consideration road trips, that’s a pretty accurate number representing how many miles we traveled by car this summer. Crazy, huh?
But want to know something even crazier? If you ask my kids if we spent a lot of time in the car, they would both say “NO!” (Trust me, I actually asked them because I was curious!)
How in the world do we keep our kiddos THAT entertained in the car that they don’t even realize they’ve spent so much time on the road?
The answer is simple. And no, it’s not electronics!
We keep our children occupied with a wide range of travel activities. Earlier this summer I wrote 10 Road Trip Entertainment Ideas. This post will get you started as you plan for a trip and give you some suggestions of products you may want to purchase before hitting the road.
But, sometimes we also like to put down the toys and connect with each other. There is truly no better way to bond with your kids than when you’re stuck in a car with them for hours!
One fun way to do this is by creating conversation with questions that everyone must answer. In our family we have a few simple rules for this questions game (because EVERYTHING has the potential to turn into a fight if we don’t establish ground rules!)
- Everyone must answer every question.
- No answer may be repeated.
- We rotate the order in which we answer questions so that no one gets to go first every time or is stuck going last.
- You must listen to each other’s answers.
Depending on the questions and the moods of my children- this game can go on for 30 minutes to an hour. I also always try to end before someone gets tired of playing. It’s a great way to pass the time and bond as a family!
25 Great Questions To Ask Children On Long Road Trips:
- If you could go anywhere for a day to take pictures, what would be in your pictures?
- If you built a house, what 5 things would you design to make your house special?
- If you could only eat 3 foods/dishes for the rest of your life- what would they be?
- Describe yourself using 4 words.
- If you could ask our cat (or pet) one question, what would you ask?
- If you could open a store, what would you sell at your store?
- If you could travel to outer space, what 2 things would you take with you?
- If you could give away $100, who would you give it to?
- What do you want to be when you grow up?
- If you wrote a book, what would it be about?
- If you were the President and could make 1 new law, what would it be?
- What kind of car would you like to drive when you grow up?
- If you designed LEGO sets, what kind of new set would you create?
- If you could spend a day with 1 person from history, who would it be?
- What are 3 questions you would ask that person (see #14)?
- If you could invent a new holiday, what would we be celebrating?
- If you had one superpower, which one would it be?
- If you could be a character from a book, who would you want to be?
- If you could instantly know how to play an instrument, which one would you pick?
- If we could have one crazy animal for a pet, what would you want?
- If we went to the airport right now and you could get on any plane, where would you go?
- If you could swim in a pool filled with anything, what would you fill your pool with?
- If you could spend 1 day in the future, what would you do?
- If you had to teach a class for 2 hours, what would you teach your students?
- If you could choose a new name for yourself, what would it be?
We also end every day (whether we’re on a road trip or at home) with a game of HIGH/LOW.
Same rules apply as in the questions game! We all go around and say our HIGH from the day and our LOW. When we travel, I always make sure to record everyone’s answers. It’s a really fun way to keep a brief travel journal, and record some sweet memories. Here are a couple ideas of cute journals you can keep in the glovebox to record everyone’s answers!
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It’s so much fun to look back on all of your memories!
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