50 Things to do on a Journey by Usborne Books was gifted to Well Travelled Munchkins. All opinions, words and pictures are our own.
To make long car journeys with kids enjoyable demands a fair bit of planning. The monotony of being in the same place for extended periods of time eventually gets the better of even the best behaved children.
We have quite a bit of experience packing the car up for various road trips around the UK and Europe, so I am always on the lookout for ideas and games to make the time in the car enjoyable – for all of us!
So on a recent trip to Guernsey I got really excited when I saw 50 Things to do on a Journey by Usborne Books! In this little pack of cards it promised me there were 50 things to keep my kids entertained on a journey! 50!
Well, that was child inspired Disney music to my ears! I just had to try it out on our 5 week road trip to Croatia!
First Impression of 50 Things to do on a Journey
I liked 50 Things to do on a Journey by Usborne Books instantly. The cards are about double the size of a traditional playing card meaning I could easily read them and the kids could enjoy the colourful and eye-catching illustrations on them.
The size also meant that they were easy for me to spot in the car. Once they had been played with and had eventually spread across the back seats of the car and all over the floor, I could easily find them and put them away. This can’t be said for other toys the kids choose to take on holiday. Sometimes I am forever hunting through the car finding parts of games, hands to action figures and little figurines!
I am all about ease when it comes to big road trips and the 50 Things to do on a Journey by Usborne Books pack is very easy to use and keep together.
Using 50 Things to do on a Journey by Usborne Books
Both of my kids are under 5 years old, so the cards were always played as a family game. This worked really well to keep us all entertained and talking to each other.
A lot of the games in the pack are observational, such as ‘ABC Spotting’ where you have to spot things out of the window in alphabetical order. Also, ‘Lots of Legs’ is a good one where you have to count the number of legs you can see from your window.
‘Lots of Legs’ soon became a family favourite! You can quite literally count the legs of pretty much anything: people, animals and furniture! This game always gets very competitive, very quickly! We play this game on all car rides since our 5 week Croatian road trip.
Other games require a pencil and paper and these games are pitched at various levels and ages. Having kids under 5 did mean that my little one was just too young to access some of these types of games.
However, there were still a variety of cards we could play such as ‘Picture Consequences’ and ‘Half and Half’. The range of different games also helped to change it up a bit. This gave my little one the opportunity to do something different for a while.
Quality of 50 Things to do on a Journey by Usborne Books
Our cards have been well used and they still look pretty good.
We played with them in the car, at the beach and around the tent and they have held their own. Bare in mind they are made of card so they do need looking after a little bit.
50 Things to do on a Journey by Usborne Books RRP is £6.99. However, you can find them on places such as eBay and Amazon a little cheaper.
From our experiences 50 Things to do on a Journey by Usborne Books was a great success. Both the kids loved playing with the cards which meant we could use them in all sorts of situations. They were a great resource to keep the kids entertained throughout the holiday.