Looking for ideas on entertaining kids on a road trip but worry about too much screen time?

As someone who has taken several cross-country trips with young kids en-tow, trust me, sometimes the screen time is exactly what you need for your own sanity. But it doesn’t have to be mindless entertainment either, kids can be both entertained and still be learning at the same time with some fun, educational apps!

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Educational Apps For Entertaining Kids On A Road Trip

Many kids have their own mobile device these days, and while mobile technology is increasingly a part of everyday family life, as a parent I want to make sure the time we do allow in front of a screen is beneficial. 

Finding apps and activities that are educational, yet still fun, gives me a little peace of mind while I’m getting peace and quiet on a long road trip!

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Educational apps for parents to check out

There are so many quality educational apps available today that we encourage parents to explore the App Store or Google Play for help in entertaining kids on a road trip. A few we recommend:

  • Duolingo is fun and effective for kids or adults learning a second language. Read more in-depth about Duolingo here.
  • Hooked on Phonics is great for younger kids just learning how to read.
  • Mathmateer, which is available to iPhone and iPad users, will keep grade-schoolers busy with 56 fun math missions.
  • Stack the States is perfect for a cross-country trip, teaching kids about U.S. geography, state capitals, and flags

Also looking for a few non-tech ideas on entertaining kids on a road trip? Check out these articles on fun games to play on a road trip:

5 Fun Games To Play On A Road Trip
10 Travel Games for Road Trips
Four Boardless, Pieceless Road Trip Games For Kids

For summer fun closer to home, check out my list of Ten Free Kid Activities To Do In The Summer!


Sunset Ford of Sumner helped with these great road trip app ideas.