Friday, May 25, 2012

Beat the "Are we there yets" we these car games

Because a lot of you will be leaving for the long Memorial weekend or will soon be preparing for your first summer vaca, we thought it would only be appropriate to repost our favorite car games/activities that we posted last April before Spring Break.

So to beat the "are we there yets," here are some games to help you through your trip.

Even though we adjusted some of the games and activites, most of the ideas originated from our Family Fun friends.

We wish you safe travels and very little whining throughout your family roadtrip.  :)

Surprise Balls

Surprise Balls
Put a stop, at least temporarily, to the "Are we there yets?" with Surprise Balls: wads of aluminum foil that have been wrapped around special items, such as candy and small toys.

At certain milestones (every 50 miles, say) toss one to each kid.

Make sure at least one contains a written directive: "Pull over and change seats," "Stop for ice cream," and so on.

Both the treat and the wrapper will keep kids occupied as the foil is great for twisting into fun shapes.
The Best of License Plates Games:
Instead of focusing on states, get more creative with these versions of the classic license plate game.

What You Need
  • Nothing
  1. Challenge older kids to make phrases out of the letters in license plates. For example, EYP 908 can become Eat Your Peas. Or have younger kids search for their ABCs by playing a mobile game of 21. Ask your kids to each pick a license plate, add the numbers, and see who comes closest to 21 without going over.
Crazy Creatures
Bottom of Form Turn the car into a creature laboratory, where strange-looking people and beasts or any combination of both are born.
What You Need
  • Paper
  • Markers or crayons
  1. Start by folding a piece of paper into three equal sections.
  2. One person draws the face in the top section, then folds down the paper so the next person can't see it. That person then draws the midsection of the body, folds down the paper and passes it to the third person, who sketches the legs in the bottom section.
  3. Finally, unfold the paper and name your creature.
 Scavenger Hunt
Just because you're in a car doesn't mean you can't go on a scavenger hunt.
What You Need
  • Pen or pencil
  • Paper
  1. To avoid arguments over who has the easiest items to find, make a master list with several of each item on it -- six motels, 19 blue cars, two towns that start with the letter w -- so that the kids have to work together to find them all.

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