Holiday Travel Made Easier: 10 DIY Car Games

Holiday Travel Made Easier: 10 DIY Car Games

Carolyn Purnell
Nov 5, 2015
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Printable Scavenger Hunt Game from Little Monster

With the holidays around the corner, it's likely that you and your kids will be spending some extra time in the car. Whether you're just going a few blocks to the mall or taking a road trip to grandma's house, it's always good to have plenty of activities to keep your kids entertained. Here are 10 DIY ideas that will make those car, plane, train, and/or bus trips more pleasant for everyone involved.

The printable scavenger hunt designed by Little Monster (above) features common objects for kids to find. In addition to teaching them to be more alert, it will occupy their attention and give them a fun task.

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Magnetic Fishing Toy Tutorial from Homemade Gifts Made Easy

Homemade Gifts Made Easy has created a tutorial for both a full-size and a travel-size version of a fishing game. The travel version fits in an Altoid-size box, and the fish are easily made out of felt and metal washers.

Easy-to-Sew Tic-Tac-Toe Game from Hideous! Dreadful! Stinky!

This tic-tac-toe set from Hideous! Dreadful! Stinky! is easy to make, lightweight, and simple to stash in a purse or pocket.

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Magnetic Patterns Book from Say Yes

This magnetic pattern book takes a bit more time (about 2-3 hours) to make than some of the other games listed here, but I would wager that your kids will play with it enough to make the project worth it. Say Yes offers a really helpful tutorial, sample patterns, and photos to guide you every step of the way.

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3 Q-Tip Games from PBS Crafts for Kids

These three simple games featured on PBS Craft for Kids will entertain for hours and are really inexpensive to make, given that their main components are Q-tips.

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Road Trip Binder from Gluesticks

If you've got miles of road ahead of you, this road trip binder from Gluesticks may be just the thing. It features games, scrapbooking pages, activity sheets, jokes, and more. Click through for ideas and links to printable pages.

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Travel Memory Game from Kids Activities Blog

This felt-based memory game from Kids Activities Blog is simple enough to make but will provide hours of entertainment. Having a felt backing board keeps the pieces from getting lost in the car. Plus, if you're feeling creative, you could cut out some additional felt shapes for your kids to use on the board as well.

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Magnetic Puzzles from Life Through My Eyes

Using a dollar store cookie sheet, Amy from Life Through My Eyes figured out how to keep all those small puzzle pieces from getting scattered across the car. She also has several other ideas for travel games that you can create with a baking sheet and some basic supplies.

Magnetic chalkboard from Sunny with a Chance of Sprinkles

If you want to add another layer of fun to your travel baking sheet, why not make it chalk-friendly. Sunny with a Chance of Sprinkles explains how and offers some helpful hints.

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Velcro Popsicle Sticks from Tot Treasures

Your budding architect or geometer will have a great time making shapes, pictures, and structures out of these simple toys featured on Tot Treasures.

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