Tired of "i Spy something black."??? Take a look at these fresh new car game ideas:
Using letters found in the license plates of passing cars, see what words you can make that include those letters. If you play against an opponent, keep a list and score one point for each word.
2. Spot Spot
From the very beginning of the trip until you return home, keep one list of every animal you see (if a zoo is on your itinerary, make sure you have extra paper). You will be astonished at the number of different animals you will encounter on your trip, even in the city. It's a lot of fun, your kids will learn a lot, and you'll find that the task itself will keep them form getting bored no mater where they are.
Here is a new use for the car radio! One player sits in the front seat (mom) and watches the station numbers in the display window as he presses the SCAN or SEEK button on the radio. The first player tells the other players the "signal" that comes up in the display window. The players then begin a one-minute search outside the car on license plates, road signs, building numbers, and billboards for the numbers that make up the signal. Players receive a point each time they spot one of the numbers in the station number called. The winner is the person with the most points after 3 rounds.
4. Pass By
Keep a pad of paper & a pen handy. As you pass by other cars, billboards, signs, stores, or other sights, have each child call out something funny she sees and you keep the list. Personalized license plates, funny sayings around the rim of license plates or on bumper stickers, signs in restaurant windows all count. You'll get a kick out of reading these at the end of each day. When you return home, the long list will help you remember those fun times when you collected the names. It's also a great addition to your trip memory book.
5. Pig Latin
Learning a foreign language by listening to tapes can be fun, but another tounge that children can learn in minutes is Pig Latin. Take off the first letter or phonetic sound of a word and add it after the last letter, then add an "ay." If the word begins with a vowel, add a "vay." "Are we there yet mom?" would become "reavay eway heretay etyay ommay?" It's better, of course, if they think that no one else has the code.
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