My favorite part about road trips is all the interesting stops you come upon as you get to your destination. You can’t find The Cave with No Name if you fly to Georgia! But in between the surprises and where you are trying to go, there is a great deal
of empty space. It isn’t like it used to be, where we had to be creative and entertain ourselves. Now, vehicles come equipped with DVD players and a child merely has to plug in the headphones and disappear from the world.
If you want a different experience for your kids’ road trip this year, then why not bust out those car games you use to play as a kid?
Remember “I Spy,” the game of clever clue-giving and specific question-asking.
How about “License ID,” where you watched every car that passed you by to see if it was from Alaska or Organ or Maine? And the one who had the most states at the end of the journey was the winner!
Then there was “A for Armadillo.” You would have to go through the car, everyone assigned a letter, and you would have to repeat
what the person before you said: A is for armadillo, B is bowling, C is for cat…
all the way until someone forgot what someone else said.
Another alphabet game was “Road Alphabet.” A bit simpler than “A is for Armadillo,” this game involved the players to catch words on road signs or license plates that started with the letter you were on, the worst part was getting stuck on Q or X, and learning how uncommon the letter K is. The one who was farthest through the alphabet by the end of the trip was the winner.
All these games I remember playing as a child. Although some of them frustrated me, it was at least something to do, and a simple and fun way to bond with my family.
Maybe try pulling out some of those car games you played in past summers and share them with your children this summertime!
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