“Are We There Yet? ” –Travel Maps for Kids

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From the backseat, comes the inevitable question all kids ask at least 700 times on each and every family vacation:  Are we there yet?

Enter the backseat travel map. This is a road trip activity for kids that we have used over and over again. I photocopied a map (in our case, the northeastern states that we travel in most) and punched two holes at the top, tied it with a ribbon to the back seats, one map for each of the two rows of back seats in my mini-van.

Road Trip Activities for Kids :: Dry Erase Travel Map

Using some wet-erase markers, I outlined the states and wrote the names in so the kids could better see these areas. Then with another color, I outlined our route.

My 8-year-old especially loved this. He enjoyed informing the younger two kids of the next state we would be entering, how many more states to go, which was the biggest state, the smallest, etc.

For our next trip, I erased the route line and marked a new one, then gave the kids dry-erase markers and let them write on the map. We made a game of finding and circling states, cities and bodies of water.

We are pleased to have this activity featured by Melissa and Doug toys. 

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