Creative Car Games for Long Journeys
Top 6 Car Boredom Busters
While you're eagerly anticipating that perfect holiday getaway, you've still got hours in a crowded car standing between you and your destination. How can you keep everyone entertained and maintain your sanity until you reach the bach? Try these fun and easy road trip games:
1. Road Trip Scavenger Hunt
Give each child a list of items to watch for while driving. Check off each item when they find it. For a younger child who can't read, you might draw a little picture of each item next to the word so they will know what to look for. The first to check off their list gets a treat. If you’ve got a few hours along rural roads, a list could be as follows: Cows, railroad tracks, dirt road, tractor, white horse, rabbit, possum (may be squashed!), silo, red barn etc.
2. The Supermarket Game
A good way to keep everyone in the car entertained and engaged is to play a memory game such as The Supermarket Game. To begin, the first player names an object available at a supermarket that starts with the letter A. The next player has to repeat what the first player said and then add another grocery item that starts with a B. For example, if player one says "apples," player two would repeat "apples" and then might add "bananas." If you forget a grocery item, you're out, and the game continues until the player with the best memory wins. If groceries aren't your thing, you can play variations of this game with anything from animals to sports to people's names.
3. Spelling Bee
A spelling bee held in your car can offer parents the best of both worlds: Your child will be having fun and learning at the same time. One at a time, each person in the car takes turns spelling a word. If they spell the word correctly, they remain in the game. If they spell the word incorrectly, they're eliminated from the competition. Keep spelling words until you determine which one of your road warriors is the champion speller.
4. Team Storytelling
Get the creative juices flowing among your fellow road trippers by composing a group story. One person in the car starts by creating the first line of the story. You can start with a simple "Once upon a time, there lived a princess" or come up with something more unconventional like, "Joey the frog always had blue spots." Next, each person in the car adds a line, and the story builds and builds. Depending on your group's story telling stamina, you could go on for a few minutes or a few hours. To make the game more challenging and fun, make a rule that all of the lines rhyme or, instead of going in a circle, call on people to come up with a line. After you've reached your destination, your kids could write and illustrate the story as a token of their road trip adventure.
5. The Banana Game
If you're looking for a game that doesn't require a lot of thought, try the Banana Game. Keen observation is the only skill required. The first person who spots a passing yellow vehicle gets points. You can award points based on the size or make of the car. For instance, a yellow school bus might be worth five points, and a yellow sports car might be worth two. Another way to heighten the competition is to put a limit on the time you have to spot bananas. For example, the winner of the game could be the person who spots the most bananas in 30 minutes. Or the winner could be the player who sees the largest cumulative number of yellow vehicles during your entire road trip.
While you're taking a road trip, your kids are a captive audience. Take the opportunity while you have their attention to challenge them to think positively by playing Fortunately-Unfortunately. In this game, one person will make an unfortunate statement, and then another player will counter the statement with a positive response. Fortunately-Unfortunately presents endless possibilities for creativity and positive thinking. For example, one player could make the statement, "Unfortunately, a lion is going to attack us." A second player would counter with a more fortunate statement such as "Fortunately, I took lion taming lessons." The more exaggerated and silly the statements are the better!
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