Any amount of time in a car can be like eternity for a child. With inquisitive minds and eagerness to move, sitting in a car for more than 1 hour can result in a rut of questions which generally relate to: “Are we THERE yet?”
So, the next time you venture down the road for a distance longer than 10 minutes (which equates to 10 hours in child terms), try these games!
1. Pink Car, Yellow Car
This is our favourite game. All of us select a car which you don’t see often. In our case we chose a pink car, a Kombi (old VW camper), a Hummer, a Herbie (old VW beetle) and a Limo. Notably, we will alter the list if we see too many of one particular car. Recently a pink car was adjusted to a sparkling pink car (metalic paint). At first we would give points and the one with the most points at the end of the trip would win. However, we found that just blurting out the cars was more fun than collecting points. Six years on – we are still playing the game. PINK CAR!
2. Animal Names
This is something the girls enjoy playing. One person will call out a name of an animal. The next person has to name an animal starting with the last animal just called out. Example: Ant – Tiger – Tarantula – Antelope
The winner is the one who is able to call out all animals.
3. The A to Z Creature Feature List
We designed this one for Australia. Print out a copy of our Creature Feature List and kids can cross of the animals they see throughout their trip or vacation. DOWNLOAD A to Z Creature Feature List
4. Add a Plate
Nominate how many rounds you will play. Add all the numbers you see on a licence plate. The one that adds the fastest wins the round. The person who wins the most rounds wins the Plate Game.
Sometimes we will form teams to help younger members in the family. We also vary the game by having a time limit. Older kids have less time than the younger kids.
5. Tune Tales
This is a newbie in our travels. One person will hum part of a song. The rest must try to figure it out. We sometimes incorporate clue and/or first letter. This game is generally aimed at the older kids, however you can choose songs younger kids may know.
This is a fun game because tunes can be well off the ‘beat’. However, it is all part of the fun and keeps kids entertained for a while.
I hope this gives you some ideas for the next road trip. If you have some other games you play, why not place them in the comment below! 😉 Thanks!
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