Scrambling with only a few minutes left before heading out to chaperone an overnight field trip, I started looking online for easy road trip games for tweens. I was thinking scavenger hunt or travel bingo sorts of games where the kids could look out the window and mark stuff down on a clipboard.
I was immediately informed that that is “too baby” or immature for the 10+ year old kids riding along with us.
“Mom, we need something like Would You Rather questions.”
Hmmm, I knew the game because we’ve owned it and passed it around the family a couple of times. But we hadn’t played it in a while. You don’t even need a board game to play it! Amazon sells just the card packs for travel play. Some of the questions in the card packs can be gross or icky which would NOT have been good for a school field trip. If I had used them, I would have previewed and approved before bringing them along.
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I had no time to make an order, so instead I found my answer on The Measured Mom which has over 100 Would You Rather questions for kids available as a printable. She offers a whole set you can print on cardstock and put together clipped in a ring — but I wanted EASY. So I just printed her list.
Can I just tell you that the kids had so much fun with these questions? It was so interesting to hear their individual answers! As an adult, I had the urge to set everyone up to take turns and to make sure they answered quickly to keep the game moving.
But I played my part as “invisible parent” and let them run the show! They all talked at once and were very detailed in reasoning out WHY they picked what they picked. They almost weren’t interested in hearing each other’s answers, it was more the enjoyment of being able to share their personality and opinions. Lots of giggles accompanied the sometimes silly answers.
I only jumped in on one question: “Would you rather be 10 years older or stay your same age?” They all chose the first option. I chose the 2nd! They thought that was funny.
It took four of them almost 3 hours to get through the list – and they never got tired of playing! It’s more fun if everyone plays. So on a family road trip, I’d encourage the adults to jump into the action.
Two other games that we already have in our car for times such as these are Family Table Topics (or Travel Table Topics). I’ve also seen a “Heroes” version of this game which would also be rather fun.
And, of course, Mad Libs never go out of style!
Debi and I have written about road trips a lot. She drives from LA to Yosemite quite often with her kids and we’ve both done our share of road trip vacations. Read up on them at:
- Family Road Trip Planner (Michele’s guest post on Popsicle Blog)
- 8 Ways to Connect to Nature in a Car (on Debi’s GoExploreNature.com blog)
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