Boredom Busters: Free Apps to Keep Kids Busy on a Road Trip

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apps for childrenEnjoy your road trips by keeping your kids entertained.

Taking a cross-country road trip can be an enjoyable family experience. It can help strengthen family bonds, allow you to appreciate the beauty of nature, teach your kids how to develop patience, and encourage them to explore the things around them.

However, these long road trips can also lead to boredom and tantrums ? especially if you are traveling with very young children. To enjoy a virtually stress-free experience and avoid hearing the same question ?Are we there yet?? over and over again, you need to find a way to keep your kids occupied and entertained on the road. Thankfully, there are a number of kid-friendly apps that can help you do just that. Here are some of them.

Toonia Colorbook

Toddlers love to color so provide them an educational app that allows them to enjoy their favorite activity with none of hassle of lost or broken crayons. The Toonia Colorbook app comes with 32 free images and a selection of basic colors, and is designed to enhance your child?s creativity, and his (or her) concentration and coordination skills as well. This app is perfect for toddlers 2 to 5 years old and is available for free on iOS.

Mad Libs

Kids aged 5 and up will enjoy playing with the Mad Libs app, a classic fill in the blanks game that can keep your kids and the whole family entertained for hours on end. The app comes with 21 free stories, an original soundtrack and audio effects, and is available for free on iOS-powered devices.

The Oregon Trail

With an app such as The Oregon Trail, your kids will definitely be entertained for hours. The app allows players to customize their characters with various outfits, build towns and experience all the dangers of the Wild West. It also features mini-games and daily rewards. This app is designed for iPhones and iPads, and is available for free.

Road Trip Scavenger Hunt

Loaded with over 140 different things you may encounter during a road trip, this app can definitely keep boredom at bay, and prevent kids from asking the question most parents dread, ?Are we there yet??. This game is highly recommended for children and adults alike, and is available for free for Android-powered devices. iOS users can get the app for $0.99 on iTunes.

In addition to these free apps, there are also a huge number of low-cost apps that can keep your kids entertained during long road trips so feel free to do more research to find which works for them best.