40+ games for travelling with kids

Get your holiday off to a good start with these ideas!

Images: Getty | Words: Sara Conway

Going away this summer? Dreading the journey more than you’re looking forward to the holiday? Stop fretting! Here are 40 ideas to keep the small people busy. Good luck!

1) This giggly craft travels well on a bus, plane or train.

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. HACK! Bring a table mat in the car to provide a hard surface for paper and colouring books to rest on.

4) Don’t be afraid to pack craft items. Bring paper and a sandwich bag filled with a glue stick and a few crafty bits like pompoms, pipe cleaners, stickers and sequins. They can make a fun holiday collage! Great for a plane or the train.

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

8) These magnets are perfect for journeys. The come in their own flat tin that opens out to create animal scenes.

9) Bring an activity book to keep coming back to throughout the holiday. This one is full of things to make and do – and stickers!

10-14) Pack some crayons and paper, and whip out these 5 challenges that include drawing unicorns and playing the game ‘consequences’.

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

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 train or plane.

23) Bring along these fun mitts so you can have a singalong!

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) If you’re going on a longer journey, save space for a game. There’s a selection of mini games hereLlamas in Pyjamas gets our vote! Empty the pieces into a zip lock bag to save more space.

 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. Plus, they always come with a small toy.

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 these purrfect cats! 

33) Turn snacktime into a game. Pack mini-icing pens so kids can doodle a design onto a biscuit before they scoff it.

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

39-42) Tablet out of juice? Breathe deeply and try these 5 ideas instead!

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