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!
- 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].”
- 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!
- 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?
- 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.
- Play “I Spy”, the classic game of observation.
- Try one of the printable games from this website. Particularly of interest are the license plate game and car bingo.
- Bring along a crossword puzzle, word search, or Sudoku. Don’t forget a pencil!
- 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.
- Play hangman, tic-tac-toe, or doodle on a notepad.
- 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!