Road trips aren’t what they used to be. Nowadays the kids are belted into their seats and wired up to their iPods and portable DVD players. However it’s not only time and kilometres that pass by with Angry Birds and Disney, but also the opportunity to talk to your kids. I love road trips because the kids can’t get away from me. Next time you’re on the road, turn the technology off and play some old-fashioned road trip games with your kids.
Search for an A. You might see it on a street sign, on a number plate or on a shop front. First one to spot an A yells bingo! Then the search for B begins. This isn’t a great game if you’re driving for hours across the Aussie Nullarbor Desert…
There Once Was A Man From…
Make up limericks about each town you drive through.
There once was a man from Taree, who got stuck up a tree…
There once was a lass from Sydney, who gave away a kidney…
You get the picture.
Noticing Number Plates
Hours (or at least a good fifteen minutes) of fun can be had with number/license plates. Read out the numbers and add them up. Point out number plates that end in an odd number. Spot personalised plates and make up stories about the owner. Take the letters of a number plate and make up a sentence using the letters. For example, WEC could be, Weary Elephants Cry. Or how about, Would Emma Care? Wash Every Car.
Try another version of I-Spy. Give the kids a list of things to spy. Try finding a red car, a post-box, a plane, someone walking a dog… a cow, if you’re in the country. Cows are more difficult to spot if you’re driving through Sydney.
Who Lives There?
Choose a house, any house and ask, “Who lives there?” What is the house like inside? Is it a happy house? Make up a story about the occupants and their lives. What do you think their lives are like?
The Fifth Car Is Mine
Take turns counting cars. The fifth car you pass belongs to the person whose turn it is. Then tell everyone else about how you got the car and if you like that car. Are there any amazing imaginary trips you’ve taken in that car?
The above activities and many more can be found in our travel activity book, “Around the World in 80 Ways”.