Have some simple games at your disposal
Games have been a lifesaver over the years. Simple favourites such as I spy and twenty questions are always a winner. The Alphabet game where we pick a category and try and think of something within that category for every letter of the alphabet has been used on many a journey.
We also play number games such as Fizz Buzz or 11s where you start at 1 and you all count up to 11 using one to three numbers and whoever ends up saying 11 is out. You can also do this with 22 or 33 if you have more people.
My husband is the king of quizzes and if I am driving, he will often do quizzes with the children and he chooses questions for each child based on their interests. The kids love it and it keeps them happy for ages.
Do some spotting
This can be as simple as ‘who will be the first person to spot ten red cars’ to more of a bingo type game where everyone has a list of things to spot. My kids have always loved spotting minis and there is a great game where you get one point for every mini you spot with two points for a yellow one. We have played this game for years and the kids all love it.
If you have time, why not print off some pictures of things that they are likely to see or write a list and they can tick things off as they spot them with a small reward or prize for the first one to spot everything. By adding a points sytem, e.g. 1 point for a red car, 2 points for a caravan, 3 points for a bus, the person with the most points is the winner.
Make a boredom busting box
Take a plastic box (around the size of a shoe box) with a lid and put in a few boredom busters for the journey. Colouring books, sticker books, paper, pens, pencils, LEGO, anything goes really and kids will love to delve in and see what there is to do. If you have time and feel creative, you could glue a LEGO base board inside the lid so that they can use the lid as a play board too. When you get to your destination, pop the lid back on and it is ready for next time.
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Turn the music up
Stick on a selection of songs that everyone will enjoy and you can all sing along and enjoy a bit of car karaoke. We use Spotify as a family and I often make up playlists of a range of songs so that there is something for everyone to enjoy.
If all else fails, dig out the devices
Devices are not ideal but they can be for times like these. Whether they are playing on their favourite game, listening to music or watching a film, they can pop on their headphones and find some space of their own. Just watch out for those data charges if your kids are on their phones as a YouTube addiction can prove expensive if they are watching endless videos on the move. Why not download a film for them to watch before you leave?