Activities to keep kids quiet and occupied in the family car

The next road trip, or even the morning drive to school, for that matter, can be a real drag if kids are grumpy and bored. But boredom doesn’t have to be inevitable. In fact, even a long ride to school can be for if kids have plenty to keep them occupied, such as this range of apps, which will also get their brains ticking over ready to start the school day.


Color Their World

Coloring is not only a fun activity for kids; it helps them focus, keeps them calm and inspires creativity. The mandala coloring book app is a great way to keep kids occupied in the car. Features include coloring pages with birds, animals, flowers, places, people, and mandalas, 25 beautifully colored palettes arranged by shade, textures and vignettes to add after a picture has been completed, and social media sharing.

Get in The Driving Mode 

Help your kids get excited about driving in the car with Dr. Panda’s Toy Cars. Aimed at 5-1 year-olds, this app lets the player explore four city environments, each of which has unique features and hidden objects. Kids can choose from a range of different vehicles including: fire trucks, boats, motorcycles, and police cars.

Fun With Animals

Petting Zoo is a great app for kids who love animals.  Created by author and illustrator Christoph Niemann, this interactive picture book combines the appeal of hand-crafted animation with the latest technology and Niemann’s sardonic sense of humor. It asks questions like can a dog break dance and what would an elephant in the bathroom do? This unique story book will have your kids laughing all the way to school.

How to Fly Your Dragon

Set in the realm of the How To Train Your Dragon movies, DreamWorks Dragons Adventure World Explorer is an innovative new game that uses Nokia’s Here Maps to turn the game world around to the player’s current location. Game quests involve flying the dragons around the local neighborhood or exploring a Viking version of the real world.

Get Puzzling

Jigsaw Puzzles For Kids is a great app for younger children. It has 22 easy puzzles to entertain the kids all the way to school. Aimed at pre-school children, the jigsaws are made from bright colors and have lively characters in their designs. It’s very user-friendly, all the player has to do is match up the pieces to the outline picture. There’s also a complete image in case they get stuck.

Fun With Memory 

Memory- Fremium is a game of memory with a new spin. Instead of just matching pairs of images, in this game, you also have to match pairs of words. It’s suitable for kids of all ages, and even the whole family can play. There are 5 difficulty levels where images, letters, numbers, or words are shuffled and placed face down on the screen. The faster you match the scores, the higher your score will be.

Enjoy these apps and keep the kids laughing all the way to school, and again on the way back home.

Samantha McLean is a working Mom with 2 boys, aged 5 and 9. She shares her parenting wisdom (if it can be called that!) online through her articles.

About the author

Pit Stops for Kids AUTHOR: Amy Whitley is the founding editor of Pit Stops for Kids and content editor of Trekaroo. She writes on staff monthly at a number of travel publications, and contributes to OutdoorsNW magazine as an outdoor adventure traveler. Find Amy at Google.



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