Are We There Yet? - FamilyEducation

Are We There Yet?

On your next trip, give your child a map and have her trace and follow the route you are driving.


  • Up to 30 minutes


  • Map with the area to be covered on a trip
  • Paper
  • Pen or pencil


  1. Provide your child with a map for the trip, making sure that it includes a mileage guide or other easy way to determine how much space on the map equals a mile.
  2. Trace the route you plan to take with a magic marker.
  3. During the trip, have your child follow the route and estimate the distance traveled.


  • Use a small notebook to keep track of the progress and review it at the end of each day.
  • Challenge your child to estimate distances between places, introducing the notion of scale.