S o excited to be sharing these FREE Geography Printables with all of you! These printables are sure to help your kids pass the time while you travel! And they are FREE! Just download them, grabs some crayons/markers/colored pencils and hit the road!
FREE Geography Printables: Road Tripping Fun for the Whole Family!
It’s summertime and you know what that calls for? A road trip! You’ve got your playlist ready, the snack cooler packed, and your kids’ favorite movies queued up, but even the most prepared parents know that movies and music will only go so far, and soon you too will be asking yourself “are we there yet?” Being on a road trip to your final destination shouldn’t have to be a game of survival. Besides, being on the road is supposed to be half the fun.
Don’t look at those long road trips with kids as a hassle. You just need to have the right tricks to keep them occupied. How about mixing in some games that the whole family can play while on the road? For those who plan ahead, take a breather cause we’ve got you covered on the games. From identifying USA state license plates to discovering landmarks, your kids will have a blast while still learning.
License Plate Coloring Game
Endless hours on the road are a great way to incorporate an assortment of activities. Imagine traveling from St. Louis to Buffalo. That’s about an 8-hour ride! You’re bound to see people from all over traveling alongside with you. One of the easiest ways to spot where another person is from, while in the car, is by their license plate. See how long it takes for you get them all!
When taking off on a family road trip, it’s hard to find a more fun and engaging way to keep kids entertained than a license plate coloring game. When trekking through destinations that draw people from all over the country like Dollywood near Gatlinburg or the Marines Corps Depot at Parris Island, you’re likely to see an assortment of different license plates. The same is true when heading to a large venue like Globe Life Park or Soldier Field for a sporting event or concert. For trips like this, keep the kids occupied scouting the road for new states to check off the list.
Name That Capital
Can you name the capital of Colorado? Is Detroit really not the capital of Michigan? A capital city guessing game is a great way to educate and keep kids entertained on a road trip. Longer road trips where you pass through multiple states can be great for this game. For example, if you’re heading up the Blue Ridge Parkway towards Asheville or the Natchez Trace Parkway towards Nashville, see if your kids can guess the capital of the different states you pass through along the way.
From one coast to the next, you will have to cross through many different states. But can your kids name the capital city that goes with each state? How about putting them to the test with this printable?
Where’s That Landmark?
A landmark matching game is a great way to teach your kids about the history and culture of an area. While it can be as a simple as matching Walt Disney World with Orlando or the Empire State Building to New York, this landmark matching game is a fun and interactive way to teach your children about the history of an area through the landmark that ‘s located there.
Places like Graceland, the Alamo, and the others on this list are filled with rich history. As your kids work their way through the matching game, take some time to educate them on the history of the landmark and its significance to the city it’s in.
Instead of your kids grabbing their phones and tablets for the road, try a fun road trip activity that the whole family can get into. Now, these activities may not stop them from asking the occasional “are we there yet?” or the frequent restroom stops, but it will allow for a more fun and easier road trip.