We are getting ready to take a road trip south to get away from our mountains of snow for the upcoming spring break week. One of the first things I do when to start prepping for a road trip is get my kids’ road trip binders ready. Travel binders are a great boredom buster that doesn’t involve a screen. Here’s a peek at what my big kids road trip binders look like.
The binder is just a cheap 1 inch binder that I’ve attached a washable dry eraser marker to using hot glue and sting. The American flag duct tape is there to cover up the hot glue so my curious kids don’t pick it off. The binder is full of plastic page protectors that I fill with age appropriate worksheets and activities.
The first couple of pages in each kid’s binder is a Google Map of our driving route each day. To make these I enter our starting and ending points in Google Map and do a print screen. I paste the print screen into a word doc and crop the picture to my liking. The start and stop button are online clip art images I inserted. These maps always help the kids feel like they have some idea of where we are going each day and give them an idea of how long we will be in the van.
The rest of the papers are either worksheets that are easy for them to complete without my help or games to be played in the car. Here are some links to printables I have used.
- Restaurant I Spy – 3BoysandaDog.com
- Travel Game Printables – Education.com
- Mazes, Connect the Dots and Hidden Pictures – RaisingourKids.com
- More Printable Travel Games – TripSavvy.com
These are just a few examples of free printables available that work for this travel binder. If there is something specific that interests your kid, Google or Pinterest has never failed me. Next week, I will give you a peek at the travel binder I use for younger kids who are not ready to be trusted with a marker and long string.