Learning on the Go: Educational Travel Games for Children

It is summertime and that means fun trips with the family and travel games for children that are both educational and fun. It reminds me of trips with my son when he was a child. Certainly the long car rides and the flights seemed even longer when he became bored. After a couple of those trips, I made sure to provide him with fun and educational things to do. Yes, it was easier to just let him play with his hand-held video games, but those are not good for any child to play for hours and hours!

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Here are some ideas of a few travel games for children that are both fun and educational that you can provide as you travel this summer and during other travel times:

Inexpensive Travel Games for Children

1. Have your children make travel booklets to share their travels. Let them choose pictures of the sights that they visited. Include some with your child in view. Have your child make a picture book of the visit that includes their descriptions of each picture. Be sure to remind them to take notes, grab brochures, etc. as you visit these places. Bind the pages together, and have them share it with an interested family member (i.e., grandparents, godparents, interested relative, etc.) Ages 8+ (or 4+ with dictated text that is written by an adult)

Benefit: Improved reading skills (summarizing, main idea, etc.) and writing practice (drafting)

2. Another variation of the idea above is to have your child create a booklet of your travels with illustrations that they create of each place that you visit. They can still pick up brochures to assist them with some of the details and with the description of the location or activity. Bind the pages together, and have him or her share it with an interested family member (i.e., grandparents, godparents, interested relative, etc.) Ages 8+ (or 4+ with dictated text that is written by an adult)

Benefit: Improved reading skills (summarizing, main idea, etc.) and writing practice (drafting)


Travel Games for Children Available for Purchase

1. MAGNETIC FUN WITH LETTERS - ages 4+; magnetic letter tiles with 18" x 14" folding play board; lets kids practice spelling pictures of everyday things; reinforces letter recognition, word formation, and spelling skills; approx. $9.00

http://www.educationallearninggames.com/magnetic-fun-with-letters-game.asp

2. GAME BOARD BOOKS - PRESCHOOL FUN - ages K+; includes six game boards packaged as books; for 2 - 4 players; includes alphabet, counting, rhyming, animal sounds, colors and shapes, seasons; approx. $15.00

http://www.educationallearninggames.com/preschool-fun-game-board-book.asp

3. WORDIAC GAME - ages 7 - 12; reinforces vocabulary in math, science, social studies, and language arts; contains a number of word games and timed quizzes; approx. $45.00

http://www.educationallearninggames.com/wordiac-game.asp

4. WHEEL OF FORTUNE CARD GAME - ages 8 - Adult; includes 300 puzzles and 100 Bonus Round puzzles; 2 - 4 players; approx. $10.00

http://www.educationallearninggames.com/quick-picks-wheel-of-fortune-card-game.asp

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