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Last week, we blogged about how to get your car ready for those family road trips that you might be taking this summer. This week, we'd thought we'd offer some tips on how to make all those miles in the car even more fun. Plan ahead with a few car activities and make the travel time as much fun as the destination. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Make a Trip Journal or Scrapbook

Give everyone a big spiral bound sketchpad and a box of crayons or markers. Each day of the trip or for each event along the way, draw a picture of what you did that day, or draw a map of where you went and write about it. You can also paste in souvenirs.

Let Your Children Have a Map

Give your kids their own copy of a map of where you are going. Show them how far you have come, how much further there is to go and let them mark it with a crayon. Every time someone asks "How much further?" let them see for themselves. You might also like to get a compass and show them how it works along with the map.

The License Plate Game

Print a U.S. map or list of states for the license plate game off the computer and color in the states as you see license plates from each one. You might even record the time and date and the state where you saw it. This can be a family project as you build your "collection" of license plates together.

Counting Cows

Rural country sides can make for pretty dull window viewing, so make it more interesting by turning it into a game. Create a set distance within which players have to find as many cows on their side of the road as possible. If you have the misfortune of passing a cemetery on your side of the road, then you have to start over. If you're not in cow country, try counting something else, like mailboxes or houses of a certain color.


Rock, Paper, Scissors

This classic game makes it easy to keep kids occupied. Players put their hands behind their backs and pull one hand to reveal either a rock (closed fist), paper (flat hand) or scissors (first and middle fingers in a "v"). Scissors beats paper, paper beats rock and rock beats scissors. Kids can get creative and think up three other competing things (cowboy, ninja, and bear for instance).

Happy road tripping from the Northeast Credit Union family to your family!