A few weeks ago our family hit the road as we made the big move from Alberta, Canada, to sunny Arizona. Along with packing, cleaning, and the various tasks that come with a move, I knew I’d also need to prepare for the long drive ahead of us.
With an ample snack assortment, a handful of dollar store toys and some favorite movies, I was surprised to find that one of the kids’ favorite activities on the trip was a simple “search and find” game that I’d printed out off the internet.
I’ve expanded on the original printout I used and wanted to share this fun little travel game with you in the hopes that it will come in handy on your next family road trip.
You can download the printable game cards to the travel game here. There are four sheets, 48 game cards in total. I printed mine out at home on white cardstock and cut out the cards using a paper trimmer. I added an extra step and used a punch to round the corners of each card but that’s completely optional.
Once you’ve printed and cut out your travel game cards, you could have them laminated to make them more durable. The amount of white paper and ink needed to print these is pretty inexpensive, so leaving them as-is is fine, too – printing out another page or two if they get worn won’t break the bank.
You can store the cards in a ziplock bag or in one of my favorite storage containers for carrying small items like felts, crayons and card games in the car.
What to do with your travel game cards:
• play a family game of “I Spy”, using the cards as prompts for what to look for
• have each family member draw a card, and the first person to find the item on their card wins
• deal each player five cards, then players search for the items on their cards. As you find an item, draw a new card and continue until all the cards are found
• print out two sets of the game cards and play a game of go fish
• have the whole family work together to find each item in the deck of cards throughout your trip
And for a free printable BINGO version of this fun travel game, please visit my blog.
Our family loves taking road trips together; they can be a lot of fun and a great family bonding experience.
Are you planning a family road trip this summer? Where are you headed? What are some of your family’s favorite things to do in the car for fun?