Summer is nearly here, which means day trips and holidays beckon. But for anyone with young children, finding ways to entertain them on a long car journey can be tough. Of course, you can hand them a tablet and let them amuse themselves digitally, but it’s good to have a backup plan, just in case the batteries run flat. So here are some fun games the whole family can enjoy.
The first person says, “I went on a picnic and I ate an apple” (or any food beginning with the letter ‘a’). Then the second person says, “I went on a picnic and I ate an apple and some beans (or any food beginning with ‘b’). And on it goes until someone makes a mistake or can’t think of a new food.
But alphabet picnic isn’t really about testing your kids’ knowledge of food – it’s actually a great memory training game for young brains. Of course, all that thinking about food is bound to make everyone hungry, so make sure you have some tasty snacks to hand. And one more top tip - if you’re stuck on “z”, try zucchini.
Choose someone to start – “player 1”. Player 1 then pretends to be a famous person, past or present, and everyone else has 20 questions to figure out who they are. But player 1 can only answer “yes” or “no”. So the “askers” pitch questions like, “Are you female?” “Are you a famous politician?” “Are you a pop star?” And if they can’t identify the secret personality in 20 questions, player 1 wins the game.
When you’re playing 20 questions with kids, it’s important to pick personalities they’ll know, because they probably won’t have heard of Muhammad Ali or Bruce Springsteen. So try to keep it fairly up-to-date. And once you’ve run out of famous people, try playing the game with an “animal, mineral or vegetable” instead of a person.
Each passenger takes turns to “bat”. The batter scores a run each time a white car passes in the opposite direction. Blue cars score two, black cars score 4, and motor homes and lorries score 6. But a red car means you’re out. Then someone else goes in to bat.
You can play a single innings, two innings, or the first to reach 100 runs. And once you become bored of the game, just change the rules. Mix it up with special high scoring “shots”, like 10 for an ambulance, 20 for a police car, and 50 for an ice cream van. And earn a bonus innings if any fancy cars drive by.
Fun car bingo
Alternatively, why not bring along our fun car bingo game to keep the kids distracted and make the time fly by, you could even join in yourself! The first person to cross off a row either across, down or diagonally, and calls out ‘BINGO’ wins the game.
Click here to download a copy of the fun car bingo game.