If you have a long road trip coming up, you’re probably wondering how you’re going to entertain your young kids for such a long car ride! Don’t worry, today we have 20 road trip activities for toddlers that are a great way to pass time.

car activities for toddlers- Image shows a compilation of road trip activities for toddlers.
Here are the best ideas for car rides!

Best Road Trip Activities For Little Kids

If you’re looking for a fun activity to keep your younger kids entertained on your next road trip, we’ve got you covered!

Although a road trip bingo is a great idea for older kids, young children get bored of it quickly – plus, sometimes we all need a little bit of quiet time, especially during a long drive.

That’s why we put together this list of car activities for toddlers (some are good for the whole family too) that guarantee a great time, whether it’s a long trip or a short one.

Enjoy these great road trip activities!

car activities for toddlers- Image shows sewing cards for kids in the shape of watermelon, a whale, and a popsicle. From Kids activities blog
Just print and play!

1. Free Printable Sewing Cards for Kids – Summer-Inspired Theme

Sewing cards are an excellent activity for developing fine motor skills and are perfect for family holidays and road trips.

car activities for toddlers- Image shows felt flower buttons. Idea from Kids activities blog
Another great sewing activity.

2. {Felt Flower} Button Snake

Teach your child how to put a button through a button-hole with this adorable, no-sew, felt flower button snake! This activity can be done during long car rides.

car activities for toddlers- Image shows a cute DIY travel coloring case with crayons and post-its inside .From Family Fresh Meals
Perfect for little artists!

3. DIY Travel Coloring Case

If your kids love to color, you need these little DIY travel coloring cases! All you need is a pack of post-it notes, some crayons, and a first aid to go case. From Family Fresh Meals.

car activities for toddlers- Image shows a kid playing with a small magnetic DIY travel tandem. From Delia Creates
Small tangrams are perfect for any car trip!

4. Rainbow: Magnetic DIY Travel Tangram Puzzles

These magnetic DIY travel tangram puzzles take a bit of planning, but once it’s done, it’s one of the best travel toys you can bring anywhere, anytime! From Delia Creates.

car activities for toddlers- Image shows a magnetic puzzle with Dora the explorer in the middle. From My kind of makeover
Isn’t this a genius idea for a car ride?!

5. Magnetic Puzzles

Do you need some fun stuff for your travel trays? Try a magnetic puzzle with simple puzzles from the Dollar Store and a magnetic tape roll! From My Kind of Makeover.

car activities for toddlers- Image shows a clothespin color matching game for a road trip. From Life lived in unknown.
The perfect activity for family road trips.

6. Clothespin Color Matching

This clothespin color matching game from Life in the Unknown is so much fun and, most importantly, perfect for practicing color recognition skills.

car activities for toddlers- Image show a no-sew  felt activity for toddlers. From Unsolicited advice
This is one of my favorite activities for 3 year olds.

7. No Sew Felt Fish

Making these little fishies take about 10 minutes and all you need is some felt, some washers, and a hot glue gun. Enjoy your durable game for years! From Unsolicited Advice.

car activities for toddlers- Image shows a toddler playing with
This is an excellent activity for baby’s first road trip!

8. Busy Bag Idea: “Pom Pom Stuff It In”

Get a small plastic tub with a hole cut in to push pom poms through, and you’ll see how much fun your baby or toddler has stuffing these in! From Money Saving Mom.

car activities for toddlers- Image shows a simple matching sticker game from Tinkerlab.
Pro tip: Get super colorful stickers!

9. Simple Matching Sticker Game

We love a simple game that can be done with objects we already have at hand, like this simple matching sticker game from Tinkerlab. This game is also perfect for matching object skills!

car activities for toddlers- Image shows a kid playing with a DIY travel size felt board from Small Friendly.
Looking for another simple craft for little hands?

10. DIY Travel Size Felt Board

There are so many things kids can make with this felt board, and the best part is that you can take it anywhere since it’s the perfect size for a road trip activity. From Small + Friendly.

car activities for toddlers- Image shows a matching memory game for teaching the ten commandments. From Arrows and applesauce
Let’s learn the 10 Commandments in a fun way!

11. Teaching Kids The Ten Commandments | Printable Memory Game

This printable memory game is one of the best ways to teach the 10 Commandments, and it’s super easy to use. Take it anywhere with you, and let the learning commence! From Arrows & Applesauce.

car activities for toddlers- Image shows a printable for learning the 7 days of creation. Idea from Arrows & Applesauce
Let’s learn the 7 days of creation!

12. 7 Days Of Creation | PRINTABLE Matching Game

Here’s another fun matching game perfect for family road trips, especially for little kids who cannot read yet. So much fun + easy to set up! From Arrows & Applesauce.

car activities for toddlers- Image shows a printable toy car road map and a toddler playing with it. Idea from Between 3 sisters
This is a really fun travel game.

13. Printable Toy Car Road Map

If you’ve already got coloring books packed and don’t know how else to use a car seat tray, then you can print this toy car road map from Between 3 Sisters. Perfect for kids of all ages!

car activities for toddlers- Image shows a compilation of different road trip toys for kids. From Happy Toddler Playtime
Here are tons of ideas for road trip toys!

14. Road Trip Toys for Kids

Here you will find 8 fun road trip toys to keep kids busy while on a long road trip. Perfect for kids to play, build, draw, and create in the comfort of their car seats! From Happy Toddler Playtime.

car activities for toddlers- Image shows a portable lego kit and a kid playing with it. Idea from The gingerbread house.
LEGOs is always a good idea!

15. Portable LEGO Kit {LEGO Busy Box}

Follow the easy instructions to create your own Lego busy box for kids that really love their Lego! Perfect for quiet time, keeping everyone happy. From The Gingerbread House.

car activities for toddlers- Image shows a little kid playing with a portable activity kit for road trips. Idea from Mama Papa Bubba
Get ready for road trip season!

16. EASY Portable Activity Kit for Road Trips

These binders are full of simple activities that are perfect for solo kids wherever they are and will keep them busy for hours no matter how long the car trip is! From Mama Papa Bubba.

car activities for toddlers- Image eshows a road trip alaphabet I spy game. From Sunny Day family.
Let’s learn the alphabet on the road!

17. Awesome Alphabet Road Trip I Spy Printable

I Spy games are similar to a scavenger hunt, but this one is different as it’s made to learn and practice the ABC’s. From Sunny Day Family.

18. Cereal Box to Foldable Doll’s House DIY (perfect take along house)

Use a cereal box to make a foldable pop up dolls house that you can collapse, fold away and take along with you. From Red Ted Art.

car activities for toddlers- Image shows a DIY spy bag for road trips. Idea from Handmade in the heartland.
Here’s another super fun I Spy game.

19. DIY I Spy Bag

This cute little I spy bag is way more engaging than you might think, and it’s a super simple do-it-yourself toy. From Handmade In The Heartland.

car activities for toddlers- Image shows a drawing kit including stickers and toys for a road trip game. Idea from Picklebums
This activity book is a great way to promote creativity.

20. Road Trip Drawing Prompts – Free Printables.

These road trip drawing prompts are perfect for keeping the kids busy in the car, but the best part is that they spark the imagination and promote free thinking and creativity. From Picklebums.


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