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 am sharing this little travel game with you—maybe it’ll come in handy on your next family road trip.
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 also have them laminated to make them more durable.
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.
Also, you can grab a free printable BINGO version of this fun travel game.