Saturday, December 22, 2012

Great Car Games

How many of you look forward to family vacations? Me!
How many of you look forward to the car ride ahead of you? 
With your children.....Not many. 
Right now I only have one child so vacations are pretty easy. 
But I think about those 6 hour car rides to visit family that are ahead of me, and it sounds difficult with many children. 
So, for those of you that have trouble in the car here are some 
great ideas to help you have fun on the way! And hopefully your kids will end up at your destination happy! 

p.s. I know DVD's are a great alternative, but these games are great to grow your family relationships and make them stronger!

I Spy: Start with: "I spy with my little eye and the color is...." Then others take turns trying to guess the object.
The Alphabet Game: Everyone takes turns looking for letters on road signs and billboards, starting with the letter A and making their way through the alphabet. You can do this as a competition or as a group activity.
The Picnic Game: The first person says, "I'm going on a picnic and bringing an apple" (or anything starting with A). The next person continues with B but must also remember what A was and so on until someone brings a zebra (or something starting with a Z). Note: You almost never get to Z!
The License-Plate Game: Players try to spot license plates from as many states as they can. Whoever spots the most states wins.
20 Questions: One person thinks of a person or a thing, and the others take turns asking questions to guess who or what it is. Questions must be answered only by "yes" or "no." For little kids, use family members and friends or familiar objects.
Name That Tune: Hum nursery rhymes for the smaller kids or pop songs for older ones. Or try turning the radio or CD player on for a few seconds and see who can guess the song or the singer the fastest. I grew up doing this one with my siblings and I still do it with my husband.
The Question Game: Ask open-ended questions such as "If you won a million dollars, what would you do with it?" "If you could pick only one food to eat forever, what would it be?"
The Animal Game: One person thinks of an animal, and others take turns asking questions to guess what animal it could be.
The Car Game: Each of you pick a color of car, decide on how much time you will do it for, example: "We will play until 2:25" this would be 15 minutes and see how many cars each person can find of their color. Whoever has the most at 2:25 wins. You can start over and switch colors. On this game you might have to choose the colors that people can't choose (usually white)
Adapted from www.parents.com