It seems like homeschoolers are on the road a lot, whether it’s for a field trip, visiting family or taking a vacation. We spend a crazy amount of time in our cars and sometimes, those hours can get boring.
With today’s technology, it’s easier than ever to stay occupied during a long trip, but if everyone stays “plugged in” the entire time, you miss out on the best part of road trips – family bonding through shared experiences.
Remember the road trips you took as a kid? I’d bet that most parents have a funny story they can share about a car trip they took when they were young.
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For parents of teens, it’s sometimes difficult to find fun, non-electronic things to do in the car because a lot of road trip games are geared toward younger children.That’s why we created this
That’s why we created this Road Trip Scavenger Hunt with older kids in mind. It includes 50 things to search for that will challenge your middle school student.
Before your next long car trip, download copies for your family and see who can find the most items.
To make life a bit easier, consider having everyone start at a different clue, that way everyone is looking for something different.
Tips for a Smooth Scavenger Hunt
I would suggest laying down some ground rules before getting started to eliminate any confusion later.
- Before the game begins, let everyone look over the list so they’re familiar with they’re searching for.
- The game is “on” when the car is in motion and “paused” when it’s parked.
- Before you can check off a box, someone must verify the sighting. This will help remove the temptation to cheat.
- Everyone has to find their own objects, meaning more than one person can’t claim the same object for their list.
Want to make it even harder?
- Set a time limit.
- Make everyone go in order.