How many times has the phrase “are we there yet?” echoed like nails on a chalkboard through the car? It seems like kids are bored on holiday before you even reach the destination, so keeping them occupied for the rest of the time lies like a mountain ahead of you.
Holidays are a time to relax, and these games will let you do just that. Here is a look at the top 5 travel games to take on your next holiday, guaranteed to keep kids entertained and mom and dad relaxed!
Kids who can read will gobble up this travel-sized tabletop game. Bananagrams is, plainly put, a bag full of scrabble tiles, but the fun banana bag takes it up a level.
Players put the tiles face down on the table and try to build words or create crossword-like structures. Kids and adults can all play together and the game is small enough to pop into your handbag.
Bananagrams is also available in Spanish, French, and Hebrew and they offer a fun customizable version where you get to decorate your own tiles.
Spot It! is an action-packed card game with a bunch of different game setups perfect for a family holiday. There are 55 cards, each with 8 images, and the game is for between 2 and 8 players.
The most popular version requires players to find images that match between the card in their hand and the center deck. It really puts their motor skills to the test as speed is the name of the game.
Spot It! has also come out with different themed editions including Christmas, Animals, Sports, Hipsters, and even Jewish traditions! The deck of round cards is kept in a neat and portable storage tin, the perfect way to transport travel games.
Set is an innovative card game for 1 or more players, perfect for a family holiday. There are 81 cards, each with a unique picture with 4 attributes: a color, a texture, a shape, and a number. To make up a set, the 3 cards must either have all different or all the same of one of the criteria.
Pack 9 cards in a grid formation and let the games begin. Players need to call out “SET” when they can make a set of 3 cards that meet the criteria. The combinations have strict rules and players will be quick to call out the wrong set, giving their opponents a chance to swoop in and take the win. It is a fast-paced game that builds focus and promotes concentration while letting everyone have fun at the same time.
Taco vs. Burrito
The independently developed card game sphere is always growing but many of these games have adult themes or are not easy enough for kids to understand. Taco vs. Burrito, on the other hand, was dreamed up by a 7-year-old so you know it is right up their alley.
It is a food-themed game where players play with “ingredient cards” and “action cards” like tummy aches and trash pandas. One game takes around 15 minutes but with equal parts strategy and luck at play, the whole family will be begging for more rounds.
It’s hard enough to find on-player games for kids to play, but to find one that could actually keep them busy for more than 5 minutes feels impossible. Rush hour solves both these problems and adds the benefit of being a strategy building game and good for fine motor skills.
Players draw a card and place the model cars in the gridlock formation as indicated. By only moving the cars forward and backward, they need to free a lane for the red car to make an escape. It takes patience and logical thinking to get out of traffic and master the game. Each set comes with 40 puzzle cards and a handy travel bag to keep all the loose pieces in, making it perfect for traveling.
Adding these fun and entertaining games to your luggage is the best way to keep kids busy and make sure everyone has fun on your next holiday.