School holidays are upon us once again and for some that will mean the dreaded long car journey, whether you are off on holiday or travelling around the country to see family and friends. Entertaining children and even adults on long journeys has changed dramatically since I was a child, with the advent of electrical devices such as portable DVD players, iPads & tablets as well as DS’s etc.
However there are many other great games that can be used to occupy but to be successful you do need to be prepared. Items you will need are paper, pens/pencils and a clipboard.
Here are some of favourite travel games:-
This can vary in difficulty depending on the age of the children, for younger children use pictures or colours and when playing with older children write a description. Also items will vary depending on your route; motorways are tricky as there is not always a lot of variance in the passing scenery.
Good things to look for are:-
Draw up a small grid of 3 x 3 boxes (or larger if you wish) then add the pictures or descriptions in each box, if you want to be really clever you be prepared and make a few different versions on a PC before you set off.
We have even played this when travelling in convoy with other family groups, each car had the same bingo clues and it’s a competition to see which car found all the items first. It’s amazing how many hours you can fill.
Create a Story Game
We love this game in our car and play it on the school run as well as long journeys. This game involves creating a story in a round, each person devises a small section of the story and this can go on for as long or as short a time as you want. So one person starts it, for example:-
Person 1 One day a little boy was going on holiday to a far off land.
Person 2 To get there he needed to travel on a train but this was no ordinary train.
Person 3 This train could travel though things like mountains and seas.
And this keeps going until you choose to bring it to a close. It is a great way for everyone to use their imagination, storytelling and listening skills; stories can be as creative or as nonsensical as you wish. My husband has a random character called Malcolm the Mole who pops up in every story regardless of whether he is relevant or not and the children normally end up in fits of giggles.
Boxes, Squares or the Dot game as it can be known. This game needs a minimum of two players and can be impromptu or prepared. Paper, pens and a hard surface like a clipboard are needed for this one; firstly you need to create a large square made up of small boxes made of dots with a dot in each corner, difficult to explain so let me show you:-
For children you would want to use a grid about half the size, the aim of the game is to Win a box. Each player takes in turns to draw a line between 2 dots, to start with the game is just a lot of random lines until, eventually you run out of free lines and start creating boxes, the aim is the one to finish the box and then add your initial to the middle of the box. The winner is the person who has the most initials on the sheet.
Happy Travels and for more ideas and templates have a look at our Pinterest board www.pinterest.com/woodofwords/travel-games