Here are some ideas you can use with your kids the next time you go on a trip whether it is to the store, or to the next state over.
1. license plate game- I really liked this game. The idea of the game is to keep your eye on the license plate. You call out the states for all the different license plates. Keep track of all the different states, and the one with the most wins.
2. alphabet license- This is a good for younger kids who are learning their alphabet. You are start with A and work your way to Z, each time you see a letter you call it out. When you get to Z start all over again!
3. Read the sign- When my kids started reading this one was a life saver! If you have multiple kids, like myself, you would round robin through the car. You would have each child read the first sign that comes up. If they see a stop sign, they call it out. The street signs have them read them. For your beginning readers you may have to help.
4. I spy- the very traditional game that so many have played. The reason this is a good game is because it helps your kids both young and old to become more observant to the things around them. The basic idea is one person calls out I spy with my little eye, and then the others ask questions until they find the object that the person saw.
5. Read the sign (learner driver version)- For those of us that have had teenagers that are learning to or have learned to drive this is a good game. When you pass by any of the road signs that are pictures they answer you what it means. The one with the most wins.
6. Story time- This is great for all ages. The first person in the car starts the story out ending with a word that starts with A. The second person picks up the story and again ending with a word that starts with B. Keep going until they want to end the story, can't figure a word out, or you get to Z.
I know there are more ideas out there. All you need to do is start looking and as I say "chewing" on the idea. Before you know it you will have a road trip list of your own.