40+ games for travelling with kids

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If you’re going on holiday but you’re dreading the journey more than you’re looking forward to the holiday, this post is for you! This newly updated list has 40+ ideas that will keep a small person happy and busy in a car, boat or plane. Happy travels!

1) This giggly craft travels well – draw a monster picture and hold it up to give fellow passengers a roarsome makeover!

2) Play car spotting! Choose a colour each and look out of the window. When you spot your colour car score a point!

3) Challenge kids to spot things the same colour as their crayons and draw them. Bring the crayons and paper or magazines in a box to keep them together and to provide a hard surface for resting on.

4) Don’t be afraid to pack craft items. Bring a sandwich bag filled with a glue stick, a few crafty bits like pompoms, pipe cleaners, stickers and sequins, plus some paper. Challenge children to make a fun holiday collage or a postcard to post.

5-7) Check out these 3 ideas for when you’re on a train, which includes a brilliant bingo template.

8) Meet numbers, play games and spot objects with these Numberblocks activity cards that are perfect for journeys!

9) Come prepared with activity books or magazines that you can whip out when you hear those dreaded words, “I’m bored!” This Andy’s Dinosaur Adventure pack is bursting with sticker and colouring fun and comes with a fantastic set of fact cards.

10-14) Pack some crayons and paper, and whip out these 5 free drawing challenges that include doodling unicorns and how to play consequences.

15) Bring a tablet – of course! And download some programmes onto it that you all might want to watch – these are our top 10 kids’ TV shows to watch right now. 

16-20) Don’t forget stickers… they’re flat, light and you can use them in lots of different ways. These ideas include making puppets, counting and making a mosaic.

21-22) Googly eyes make everything fun! We like the idea of making the fruit friends and scrunch paper monsters on a journey.

23) Download nursery rhymes and audiobooks for some easy downtime for everyone.

24) These compact Peppa Pig books are easy to throw in your bag for quiet time on the bus.

25) Play an animal guessing game. Pick an animal, sea creature, bird or bug and give your child simple clues such as: “It has eight legs and spins silky webs”.

26) Bring bubbles. They cost next to nothing and provide lots of fun for kids of all ages.

27) Play “I packed my suitcase”. Take it in turns to say what’s in the suitcase. Each player adds one thing to the list. Be silly – pack sausages and smelly socks! The challenge is to remember everything that’s been said before.

 28) Wipe clean books are perfect for holidays because you can use them again and again. This Numberblocks wipe clean book gets our vote! It’s fun and educational, too!

 29) These brightly coloured dinosaurs are easy to slip into your bag – and at £1.75 for six, it’s not the end of the world if they end up getting left on the train.

 30) For an all-in-one fix, we love magazines. Puzzles? Check. Stories? Check. Stickers? Check. And for a limited time, these magazines are 3 for 2.

31) All you need is paper and pens to make these paper craft dogs.

32) Use a journey for them to become experts at doodling purrfect cats! 

33) Turn snacktime into a game. Pack mini-icing pens and try these 5 great ways to decorate biscuits!

34-38) If your kids have brought their favourite soft toys, try these 5 simple and fun ideas.

39-42) Kindle out of juice? Breathe deeply and try these 5 alternatives to a phone or tablet instead!

43-45) Travelling can be a little stressful for everyone at the best of times, so have these 3 cute mindful ideas up your sleeve to help everyone feel calm.

46) Get kids to look out of the window and doodle the clouds.

47) Get ahead and print some fun colouring sheets – they’re super easy and lightweight to pack. We’ve got a great selection of free printables here.