Road Trip Map for Kids

This week we’re leaving on a 17 hour journey south to see some dear friends in Texas.  It’s sure to be a haul, but we’ve survived road trips to Florida twice, Alabama, Pennsylvania, and a handful of nearby states, so I’m sure we’ll make the best of this one too!

We like to celebrate like crazy people each time we come to a new state.  It would be fun to stop and take pictures at each state sign, but we are too “pedal to the medal” to stop like good tourists.  Instead, last time when we traveled to Gulf Shores, AL I made a road trip map. It was a great visual  geography lesson and a fun interactive way to track our progress!

road trip map for kids

Here’s How to Make a Road Trip Map for Kids:

1. Print off a map of the United States. (You can find great printable maps of the United States at Education Place.

2. Laminate it or put it in a sleeve protector.

3. Draw the route from your starting to ending point with a dry or wet erase marker.

4.  Find a car/truck/van sticker and place it on your starting dot.  (Bring some extra stickers along as back-up drivers if your sticker gets lost or looses its stickiness. )

5. Move your vehicle from state to state until you reach each destination.  (The sleeve protector or laminated surface allows your sticker to come off easily from state to state.)

6. Erase the lines and save for your next multi-state trip!

how to make a road trip map for kids

How do YOU make the most of a long road trip?  Do you stop a lot along the way?  Have you found any great apps or websites for places to stop?

4 thoughts on "Road Trip Map for Kids"

  1. So fun! I am currently planning a trip this summer and I will be driving solo so I will need all the fun ideas I can get!

  2. lindley says:

    Long road trip coming up! Perfect for my oldest 2! Thanks!

  3. Crystal says:

    This is a great idea! Do you happen to have an idea for entertaining 3 small children under 6 on a move to Europe??? 🙂

  4. Sandra says:

    We celebrate state lines with what my boys call ‘state line candy’. We started it traveling from Indianapolis to Nashville when they were probably 4. We took that trip often to visit family. It gave them a piece of candy every two hours and they knew after the second peice, we were almost there. Now at 9, they’re still into ‘state line candy’. I no longer pack their candy, they’re in charge of it. If we’re traveling with anyone else, they make sure to pack something for them too. One of my sons made a Hershey bar last to and from Florida for fall break last year, he only ate one square on the bar for each state line, talk about self control!

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