The most common question children will ask when traveling is “ARE WE THERE YET?”
This post will share some of our old fashioned traveling games and some newer ideas from cheap to very nice and neat and more modern… Granny tips for traveling with kids …plus my travel picks from the fun products I just happen to sell in my store.
Back in the 1950’s we traveled by car with out seat belts – not horse and buggy- sisters and I knew we had better behave – or else… so we figured out games to play in the car.
I still remember dreading long car trips to go to Grandma’s house for the holidays. Back in the 50’s we did not have VCR’s and cozy car seats to ride in, the heater did work too well from where we kids…opening the windows was the A/C. And there weren’t many if any road side rest rooms.
Mind you there were tons of billboards along the roads that we don’t have have any more that made alphabet games easily entertaining for awhile in the 50 – 70’s. Those billboards helped many a ‘captive audience” to learn to read.
A. Alphabet Game – shout out the ABC’s in order when you see the next letter then the next…the big challenge are the J’s.
B. Number game – shout out the 1’s in order from 1 to 10
C. Animal, Vegetable or Mineral?
D. I Spy
E. I’m psychic game….I thought about it…I think I won’t reveal the trick today… so let’s just call it the guess what I’m thinking game
F. I’m going on a trip. ..”I’m packing a ____ in my suit case…”. Each person verbally puts something into their suit case. Example: a hair brush. The next persona says, “”I’m packing a ____ in my suit case and in it I am putting a pair of underwear and a hair brush.” The 3rd players add something and repeats everything the other said before…test your memory for so much fun.
G. Cyclops!!! When ever you see a car with only one head light you blurt out, “CYCLOPS!”
H. Tell a Round Robbin Story… each person tells 2 or 3 sentences then passing on the story telling to the next passenger
I. Rhymes with… Pick a word them everyone gets to try to find a word that rhymes with that word… Example: CAR… far, tar, bar, star. jar, mar, scar….
J. Twenty questions
K. How about this novel idea? Talk…just talk.. ask a question then listen. Later on let’s see how many can remember the other people’s answers?
L. Trivia Facts: You can pull up misc things out of your memory or you can plan ahead. For example if you are traveling from state to state you may want to gather up facts like: What state has the biggest ball of twine? Name the state capitols. Spell Iowa backwards…awoI …now spell Mississippi backward…ippississiM
M. How many silly Camp Songs do you know? WHAT? You don”t know any?
Check out these resources or you may hear your 4 year old sing Miss Poly Had a Dolly 36,987 times before you get to Texas.
Please go their website where you will see all kinds of clickable links to words and even videos…sure, It’s OK to cheat with some song videos as long as you Mom and Dad sing-a-long, too…Remember to make your trip a fun memory.
Wiggle your toes- wiggle you nose- squeeze your butt checks – make a fist- make a face…
Let the kids take turns being the Exercise Leader.
Since I write this old blog and the fact that I do own an E commerce store where I sell fun stuff for kids with an educational twist I want to shamelessly self promote some of the quality items I picked out that meet my persnickety specifications.
These 2 are from Melissa & Doug. The list price you see on my catalog pages are what you pay. Heart Felt Play Store covers the UPS shipping fee on all DROP SHIP orders.
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