Travel Games Are More Than Fun—They Teach, Too
Families do a lot of traveling. This includes short trips to and from school, activities and the grocery store as well as longer journeys, such as to Grandma's for a special holiday. Playing travel games on the way helps pass the time and also helps your child think and learn.
Here are some games to try with your family:
- Where Are We Going? Give everyone a piece of paper. Have them jot down the name of the place where you're headed: Grandpa's, Disneyland, Maryland, wherever. Have players make as many words from the letters in that word as they can. The person with the longest list gets to pick the next word.
- Tour Guide. Ask your child to serve as your guide—pointing out sights along your route. Encourage your student to point out unique details: the tallest building, a stained glass window, a funny billboard or an unusually shaped tree.
- Opposites. Say a word. See if your child can name its opposite. For example, black/white, hot/cold, sad/happy, etc.
- I'm Going on a Trip. Go through the alphabet saying a name, a place and what you are taking with you on your trip. For A, you might say: "My name is Alex and I'm going on a trip to Alaska. In my suitcase I have an armadillo." The next person would say, "My name is Bella and I'm going to Birmingham ... ." And so on.
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