School’s out; summer’s in, which means it’s time for the annual family vacation. Whether you’re traveling by road, rail, air or sea, as a parent, you know there will be the inevitable “Are we there yet?” Keep your brood busy (and your nerves in check) with these crafty travel games you and the kids can make from upcycled materials you already have at home.
Fill an old mason or pasta sauce jar with rice and small items from around the house. Think marbles, stray Leggos or hair barrettes. Have the kids take turns shaking the jar and calling out the items they see. The first person to spy all the items wins.
An old Altoid container, buttons and string make a perfectly portable tic-tac-toe game.
If you’re like me, you have a ton of empty CD and DVD jewel cases lying around the house. Open the case and use string (or a permanent marker) to map out a miniature checker board. Use buttons or soda bottle tops as game pieces. If you want to get fancy with it, cover the CD case with felt and hot glue Velcro tans to the checker pieces.
Dice or Dare
Take a pair if dice from an old board game and enclose them in a plastic container. Then assign a “dare” to each number 2-12. For example, a roll of 2 might call for naming state capitals that begin with the letter N. Take turns rolling the dice in the container until everyone has had a few turns.