Are We There Yet? An Educational Car Ride


Summer is often a time of road trips, which means a lot of time spent in the car. While some vehicles now offer built-in televisions for your child’s entertainment, and many kids bring their own iPods/cell phones to entertain themselves, we here at Tutor Doctor WNY believe that breaking up these other electronic distractions with some good old-fashioned car games is a great way to make travel time educational. So here are some of our favorite car games, which we hope will brighten many a car ride for you and your family! Just make sure the driver keeps his or her eyes on the road!

Car rides don't have to be boring!

  1. Try filling in the blanks in this sentence in alphabetical order while keeping a steady rhythm. “[Letter of the alphabet] my name is [name that begins with your letter of the alphabet] and my best friend’s name is [name that begins with your letter of the alphabet], we come from [place that begins with your letter of the alphabet] and we sell [item that begins with your letter of the alphabet].”
  2. To beef up your memory, try the “I’m bringing” game. The first person begins by saying, “I’m going to [wherever it is you’re going] and I’m bringing [item beginning with A].” The next person says, “I’m going to [wherever it is you’re going] and I’m bringing [item beginning with A] and [item beginning with B].” The game continues until you reach Z!
  3. Turn on the radio to an oldies station and play name that tune! Introduce your child to some of your old favorites and talk about when they were popular. A mini-history lesson while on the road with music, what could be better?
  4. Visit your local library and get a few books on tape to entertain you on the road. Find books that will appeal to family members of all ages.
  5. Play “I Spy”, the classic game of observation.
  6. Try one of the printable games from this website. Particularly of interest are the license plate game and car bingo.
  7. Bring along a crossword puzzle, word search, or Sudoku. Don’t forget a pencil!
  8. Have a conversation! Sometimes in the everyday hustle and bustle, it’s easy to miss out on quality family time. Catch up on chatting while you’re all stuck together anyways.
  9. Play hangman, tic-tac-toe, or doodle on a notepad.
  10. Try taking pictures to document your travels.

If you have extra time, try stopping at some interesting roadside attractions! You’ll definitely enjoy yourself at out-of-the-way places you may never have gone to otherwise!

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