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9 Fun Road Trip Activities for Kids with Zero Screen Time

Updated on July 26, 2016

Planning to head for a family vacation in your car? Well, road trips are always fun, but your kids may get bored if the journey is a bit long. Worry not, as there are many interesting road trip activities your kids can try out. I am not talking about apps or games to be played in a phone, tab or laptop. You can choose games and activities for your children that involve no screen time. Such activities spark imagination, creativity, and sharpen the brain, while entertaining them at the same time.

Read on to get some great road trip activity ideas for your kids:

Dry-erase pens and a white-board

With a white-board, kids can write notes, draw, or play hangman and tic-tac-toe. When done, they can wipe it completely and start over again.

Magnetized shapes, numbers, and letters

Get some sets that consist of a magnetized playing surface, and loads of fun magnets that your kids can manipulate.

Magnetic Shapes

Activity and sticker books

This is quite fun for toddlers. Let your kids express creativity without the need to use pens over the upholstery.

Card and scrapbook making

If you are proficient in die cutting, you can create some great die cut designs in paper or fabric and bring them along to your road trip. Your kids can make cards or scrapbooks with those designs. You can get dies in different designs from die cutting manufacturers.

Scrapbook making

Markers or crayons

Markers are suitable for children of 3 years and above, and crayons for children under 3 years. In case you fear that your kid would draw on the seats, go for Color Wonder markers. They would leave marks only on special paper.

Markers or Crayons


Fill up some shoe boxes with dolls and little figurines, Legos, Matchbox cars, card games, flash cards, and other stuff. Kids can use the lid of the box as the playing surface, and decorate the box with markers, crayons or stickers.

Gift-wrapped presents

When you wrap things in multiple layers, your kids take more time to open them. Get some small items from a big-box retailer or a dollar store. You can also recycle some old toys a few months ahead of the trip, find out some small toys with which your kid has not played for some time, and pack them. Wrap them well and present them to your kid during the road trip. Same applies to books, unless your kid becomes carsick by reading in car.

Crafty toys

You can keep your children busy for a long time by letting them draw on an Aquadoodle, MagnaDoodle, or Etch-A-Sketch. Toys that involve drawing with a magnetic 'magic wand' are also quite fun. Kids can easily hold them in their laps and use them again and again.

Fun box for restaurant

In a box or a large sealable plastic bag, put crayons, paper or coloring books, pens, a few plastic animals, blocks or cars. Take it along to restaurants, to make the wait time entertaining for your kids.


So, pack your bags and get ready for a road trip with your family. These ideas will help you to design great fun activities for your children during the travel.

Author Bio

I work as a freelance interior designer with an obsession to write. I uses my talent to give away decoration ideas for homes improvement, DIY Craft Design, and office spaces. I enjoys writing on topics by choosing the right kind of office cubicles, shelves, home improvement ideas, Die Cutting design, and other furniture.


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