Fun Car Games For Kids!
As every parent knows, on a car trip kids just can’t wait to arrive. They get bored very quickly in the confined environment of the car, and then we find ourselves yelling at them to stop whining and fighting. In the end, it does seem like the trip takes forever. You can bring along coloring books, small toys and kids’ tapes to help pass the time, but there’s another way to keep the whole family entertained. Play games! We’ve looked around and found a few activities that you can enjoy with your kids while you travel. The parent who is driving will need to concentrate on the road, so the other parent should take charge of these games!
I Like, I Don’t Like (teaches children how to express themselves and listen to others)
Set a 30 second time-limit for each person, then take turns saying what you like and what you don’t like. It can be foods, colors, clothes, actions, objects or anything else. For example: “I like ice cream, I don’t like medicine, I like chicken, I don’t like carrots…” After 30 seconds, another player takes over, alternating between “like” and “don’t like” items.
Name That Tune (sharpens listening and attention skills)
Hum a familiar song and ask your child to guess the words. Then ask him to hum a tune and you guess the song.
On the Farm (develops attention and imitation skills)
Each child is responsible for imitating the sound of one or more animals: a dog, cat, cow, sheep, bird, etc. Assign the roles, then make up a story about animals on a farm. Each time you mention an animal, the person responsible for that sound must imitate it. There’s lots of fun and laughter as people forget to make their sound or make the wrong one.
Shapes In The Clouds (encourages imagination)
If there are clouds in the sky, ask your child to say which shapes he sees in the clouds. For example, one cloud might look like an elephant; another might seem like a person’s face. As the clouds shift, encourage your child to shift his imagination with them.
Substitute (just for fun!)
Agree to replace one word with another, then make up funny sentences using the substitute word. For example, if you’ve decided to say cow instead of shirt, the fun begins when you make up sentences like, “Put on your cow,” or “I went to the shop and bought a striped blue cow to wear to the party.” You can start with one substitution, and go up to as many as you like as long as you can keep track of them.
The purpose of playing these games is to have fun, not to determine who wins and loses, but you can always pack some special treats to give the winners and “don’t feel bad” gifts for everyone else. If your child or children lose interest in a game, try another one, or give them a few minutes of quiet time. Before you know it, the trip will be over and you will have heard very little whining and fighting along the way.
Some of these games were developed from Retz’s booklet, Games and Activities for Five Year Olds.
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