From doctor’s appointments for school physicals, waiting for it to be safe to play with friends or riding in the car on road trips, waiting is everywhere this summer. Use the down time to stop summer brain drain. Make a game out of reciting the alphabet or the geography of our country.
Remember, learning games can also be played in the car on road trips. I’ve added a couple art and movement activities to ramp up the fun factor and keep it visual.
These activities should keep them busy for hours. But just to change it up a bit, don’t forget to try the classics like, I Spy and 20 Questions. Keep it light and fun!
- Back & Forth Drawing– All you need is a piece of paper and a pencil. One person starts the drawing and then you just take turns adding elements back and forth.
- Alphabet Train– Take turns thinking of words that begin with each letter of the alphabet starting with “A.”
- Rhyming– The first player says a word, and the others take turns rhyming until there are no more words. Simple, fun, and a great game to help with reading!
- Categories– Choose a letter and a category, and take turns naming something in the category that starts with that letter. (Example: T and Food = tomato, tortilla, turkey, etc.) When someone can’t name something, they’re out; keep going until no one can think of anything.
Road trip games…
- Fun with Maps– Give your children each a map and let them color, draw on it, highlight your route or use stickers to help them create their own personalized mementos of your road trip. For some math practice, have your child figure out how far it is between each destination.
- Road Trip Bingo– Using a picture bingo card, you can combine this classic game with a scavenger hunt and even the little ones will get to participate.
- Billboard ABCs– A great way to practice letter recognition is to find the letters on billboards that you pass on the way. Only one letter per billboard though to make the game last. Variation: Use our sight words lists to find words instead of letters.