Our family took a ride on the Amtrak Downeaster together & enjoyed all there was to do an see on the train. As I was riding, I thought it would be a fun way to engage my children in the ride by doing a search and find to see what we could spot on our ride and make up our own train games.
So I decided to make our own family train bingo and share it with other train riding families. We hope it will help prepare your family for a train trip, but also keep everyone entertained to & from your destination wherever your train takes you.
There are 4 separate “TRAIN” bingo cards. This means you are able to work together in teams or individually in order to play this train version of travel bingo.
Key terms for playing Train Bingo
- a train line or train tracks [5 in a row, a column, or a diagonal.]
- a train crossing [X as two diagonals]
- a train stop [blackout].
Exclaim “TRAIN!” when you are able to get a “train line” completed.Make the “Choo Choo” noise for a crossing completed & announce “All Aboard” when you get a train stop.
To help pass the time, consider a small reward once someone reaches 5 and/or the X like a walk to the train cafe to get a treat.
Use the last page (and make copies for each child if needed) as a way to explore the train and/or pass the time if you complete TRAIN bingo early!
Find more information about how to prepare for a train ride with kids and about our fun trip from Boston to Portland when the Amtrak Downeaster sent us on a family adventure on the Train to Maine.
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Kara is an author and advocate for positive, grace-filled parenting. She is homeschooler to her 4 children living in Boston, MA and believes in creative educational approaches to help kids dive deeper into a rich learning experience. She has her degree in Secondary Education & Adolescent Childhood Development and is passionate about connecting with and helping other parents on their journey to raise awesome kids!