When I was growing up, my family took a lot of road trips together. One set of grandparents lived three-days' drive away and the other set lived a day's drive away, so we did a lot of traveling to see them. We also took "learning" trips to zoos or museums, staying in hotels with pools and exploring during the day. I have great memories of our family road trips.
As I've been doing this road trip series, members of my family have been reminding me of the games and activities that we used to play. I thought I'd share the games with you below:
Some of the most memorable snacks were pigs feet (yuck!), bugle chips (so fun!), and chip ahoy cookies (which were new to us then).
If an old fashioned family road trip reminds you of the toys you played with in the car, then you'll enjoy this list.
Ring Toss Game
I think I got this game at the dentist or as a Bible club prize or something like that. I used to get so frustrated when the car would jostle (or one of my siblings would bump me) and the hard-won ring would float off the peg. Such a difficult game. But, so many good life lessons in patience from playing a game where you have so little control over the results.
License Plate Game
I don't think that we actually owned a "toy" for this game, but I do remember playing it a bit. It's a classic.
Another classic toy. I don't think we ever owned one, but they exist to be bought today if Woolly Willy was part of your childhood.
The first family road trip that I remember was the summer I turned five (the same age as Dragonfly). My mom gave each of my siblings (4 and 3 at the time) a car bag with several activities for our road trip. One of the items in the bag was a candy phone. After we ate the candy, we talked to each other for hours and days and had all sorts of pretend play in the car.
It's all fun and games until you accidentally slam the little drawing tool in the car door.
I mostly remember losing these little disks to the vast pit that was the bottom of the car. It really isn't a great car activity, but I think it would work well on a plane.
We had a tin of travel games, with magnetic pieces that were almost too small too pick up. Now, I make my own magnetic games (thank you Pinterest).
I never did get the hang of this toy. I mostly made "mazes."
I mostly remember sliding the little doors back and forth mindlessly until they broke off. I don't think I never actually played bingo with them.
Where's Waldo Books
I had one of these books, and spent a lot of time looking for Waldo. I wasn't very stilled at it and could never find him a second time even if I had found him before. To quote someone else, "If he was supposed to be easy to find, it'd be called 'There's Waldo.'"
Kids' Coloring Books
More than anything else, I remember doing a lot of coloring in the car.
Handheld Ball Mazes
I remember doing so many of these as a kid. I think that they might have even been the prize from the dentist.
"When I was a kids, television was called books." Writing about all these movie quote games has gotten this line stuck in my head.
We've selected "The History of the American People," "The Adventure Collection" (Treasure Island, Swiss Family Robinson, etc), and "The Ramona Quimby Audio Collection" (so excited to introduce our kids to Ramona) as our audiobooks for the trip. Using our Audible credits, we were able to get $138.70 worth of audiobooks (and 110 HOURS of listening) for the price of three months' membership ($23). I'm excited about all the listening possibilities, discussions, and shared experiences that these audiobooks will provide.
Just a few more weeks until our big road trip! I hope this list helps you as you plan for the summer!