How to keep the family entertained on a long trip

How to keep the family entertained on a long trip 27th July 2015

Millions of Brits will be heading off on holiday this summer, and whether you're heading to a domestic staycation destination or going to the airport for a trip to somewhere further afield, chances are you'll need to hit the road at some point. 

Embarking on a long drive of this kind with your family can be a difficult task. While you need to navigate your way to somewhere you haven't been before, it can also be a troublesome task to keep the kids entertained when you're on a long journey – they will easily get bored and restless. 

So what are the best ways to keep the kids entertained when you're driving to your destination this summer? 

I Spy

A classic game, and while it might be something you've not played since you're own childhood, there are few better ways to keep your kids entertained on a long road than to play a game of I Spy. All you need is the environment around you and a good imagination as one of the kids chooses something they see and everyone else guesses what it is. Sounds simple, but it can actually keep their attention for a long period of time. 

Count the cars

Another very simple game that will pass the time by catching the attention of the kids for a long period of time, this is something you can leave them to while you're trying to find out where you need to go. Specify a certain colour of car and tell the kids to count every one that they see. First to ten, or 20, depending on how long you need them to stay quiet, wins!

Tablet 

Taking a step away from the traditional, it can be a great way to keep the kids busy when you're on a long journey to simply give them an iPad or similar device with a film or their favourite game on it to give them something to concentrate on. Driving with restless kids can be a real challenge and a stress you don't need when you're going on holiday, so having a break while they concentrate on a film or game will be very welcome. 

Story time

To really get your kids' imaginations going, why not have them really bring out their creative side with some stories? For every house you pass on the road to your destination, have the kids make up a story about it. Who lives there? What do they do for a living? What is their family like? What car do they drive? The potential for creativity is endless, and you can really let the kids' imaginations run wild to help bring about a great story and give you some respite from their restless behaviour. 

Posted by Danielle Barge