When we are traveling we like to use our devices to keep the kids busy during long drives or flights. We have Kindle Fires but most of these apps are available across different devices. I’m excited to have my daughter guest post with me to share with you our family favorite apps to play when travelling.
Minecraft is a game where you create your own world by using building blocks. This game is more suited for children 6 and up although my 4 year old loves it. There are two modes creative and survival. Creative is the most kid friendly. You have all the block options and it has everything you need to create your world.
At first I was hesitant about this game but I have found that it is incredible what the kids have built. My daughter has built an entire town including a pet shop and spa. My son has built a library and it is really cool to see their creativity. A word of warning is that there are lots of YouTube videos about Minecraft that are inappropriate for kids and you have to keep an eye out. My kids like to watch videos to learn how to build different things but proceed with caution.
Also there is a game called Roblox that is similar but allows people to talk to each other. This does not happen on Minecraft unless you are other peoples servers. My kids can play together because they share a server but do not interact with other people. When we are traveling and the kids don’t have Wi-Fi they can still set up their worlds but they can’t play together.
Piano Tiles 2 is a music game where you follow along with the notes(as tiles) and have to press them in the correct order to play the song. There are many different song choices and you earn points to move on to the next level. This game is good for all ages but can be challenging for younger kids who may get frustrated. My daughter loves playing Dance of the Sugar Fairy from The Nutcracker.
This is one of my favorite apps. You complete a series of puzzles to help Pettson’s Inventions work. Each level has different characters and challenges. You can also play in a duel mode. You and a friend can play on one device, and see who can solve the puzzles fastest. This game is great for kids and adults. There are also different versions of this game including Pettson’s Inventions and Pettson’s Inventions 2 & 3.
In Disney Crossy Road you can earn many different Disney characters to use. The object of the game is to see how far you can get your character across the streets filled with obstacles. Each time you try to beat your last score. You score is based on how many steps you take. Crossy Road is the same game but just a different theme. The kids really like this game. Once you have earned a lot of prizes they gift you a new prize or character every 6 hours. My daughter has over 30 characters. (You will not earn free prizes when away from Wi-Fi but you can still play the game.)
We just discovered this game and it is perfect for us. We love traveling and learning all about the USA. It can be personalized with a car and your child’s name. Then you “drive” across the country and answer questions about geography of the USA. This game is for kids 6 and up. You start at a state and you have to answer at least 1 question out of 3 to earn your state pass.
Traveling with a device has helped and I love finding quality family friendly apps. What apps do you like when you travel? Share them in the comments. Do you have a road trip coming up? Check out my Essentials for a Family Road Trip
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