A lot of kids think of summer vacation as a break from all learning activities. But you can sneak some in without them even realizing it. The ideas on this page can be used anytime, but are geared specifically for traveling.
Travel Bingo and Scavenger Hunt
Here is a classic game for your road trip. Look for each of the items on the Bingo card, and see who can get five in a row first. As a variation of the same game, try our Travel Scavenger Hunt -- see if you can find all of these items during your travel!
Flat Tillie and Bud
Start your vacation by taking our Reading-with-Kids.com characters with you. Similar to Flat Stanley, these two kids, Tillie and Bud, can ride along with you. Take their pictures everywhere you go and encourage your kids to write journal entries for each picture. You can also send them to friends or family throughout the world for them to take pictures as well.
Character Elimination Game
For a fun traveling game, take our printable guessing game with you. In this deductive reasoning game, try to guess who your opponent is by asking yes and no questions that eliminate other characters. (i.e. “Are you a girl?” or “Are you a holiday character?”) In our version of this game, you may recognize characters from our books and website.
Be sure to print two copies (one for you and one for your opponent). You can laminate the boards and use dry erase markers, use magnetic boards and magnets, or use bingo markers to keep track of who has been eliminated.
If you prepare early, you can play "Silly Sentences" or "All the Wrong Rhymes" on your way. Print out the subject and predicate pages. Cut them out and put them in separate envelopes. Print the background or nursery rhyme pages. Don’t forget to bring a glue stick so you can glue the pieces on.
Arrr Matey! Don't pirates make everything more fun? We have a printable Pirate Battleship game to take with you on the plane or in the car (or even on a ship). You can print them out and laminate them to use over and over again with dry erase markers, or you can print out several copies. May the best pirate win!