We have another bank holiday weekend coming up, the last for a while, but with the weather set to be on our side we anticipate lots of people hitting the roads to make the most of it. Journeys to relatives, or friends, a plenty, and lots of trips to attractions or the beach. But how to stop the relentless bickering in the back, chants of “Are we nearly there yet” every five minutes or relentless bouts of “I’m soooooooo bored”? Car games of course!
We asked a group of parent bloggers for their favourite family car games, some of them we have heard before but some of these are new to us, and they all sound just the thing for this weekend.
Eye Spy or is it I-Spy?
This is always a popular one and lots of our respondents play this one, including Helen from KiddyCharts who even has a printable picture version you can play (just click on the link to download your own copies). Helen says:
We LOVE playing iSpy in the car. It’s such a simple, but fun game for little kids, right the way up to big kids, including us! We like to mix it up a bit too, so have our own picture version which can keep the game going for a while on longer journeys. Which can’t be a bad thing, right?
It is also a firm favourite with Kelly from RebleTribeBlog who said
We always play eye spy and have loads of fun guessing the weird and wonderful things our kids can see that we can’t! 😂😂
And Penny who blogs at Penny Travels said
It may sound like such a simple game, but playing with a child who can’t yet spell properly makes it so much more interesting. We got all the way from Stevenage to Grantham once up the A1 trying to come up with “something beginning with s” that turned out to be cement!
Abi at SomethingAboutBaby has a version for younger travellers
We play a pre-school friendly version of “I Spy” which is guessing something by the colour rather than the letter as my 3 year old obviously can’t spell! We also recite popular books, so I’ll recite part of the sentence and he has to finish it – We’re Going on A Bear Hunt and The Gruffalo are particular favourites!
Lauren from ScrapbookBlog plays a game of First Line
‘First line’ which is a point to the winner of whoever says the first line of the song on the radio once it starts.
Who Am I?
Gillian at A Baby on Board plays Who Am I? with her family
Each person takes turns to think of a famous / well known person and we have to guess who it is
The Alphabet Game
Jennifer at My Mummy’s Pennies says
We play what we call the ‘Alphabet game’ with the kids (8 and 11). Someone picks a topic (eg Disney Movies) and then we each take turns naming one with each letter of the alphabet. It keeps us amused for a while!
Kate who blogs at Refined Prose suggests this one.
My two are still very young so it’s a pretty basic concept – but critical for avoiding danger naps! We do a simple tally of car colours, but make it more difficult for the grown ups by introducing wacky colours.
We love the idea of avoiding those danger naps!
Everyone wants to be a DJ
Claire from Diary of the Evans-Crittens has a few but this one is a firm family favourite
“Everybody Wants to be the DJ”, where the non drivers take it in turns to be the DJ. They hold the ipod and ask everyone else in the car for their requests in turn. This means everyone gets the chance to hear their top tunes without having to argue over music!
I went shopping
For Faye at Glossy Tots it is a very simple one
We play “I went shopping and bought a…. and work our way through the alphabet” It even tests my brain!
A very simple but good one for Terry at The Strawberry Fountain
We play the yes no game where you all ask each other questions and the first one to say yes or no is out.
Telling funny stories
We loved Nell at Pigeon Pair And Me‘s suggestion
Competitive games often lead to tears in our family (my oldest is super-competitive), so we go down a different route. Our favourite is ‘tell a funny story about something that happened when you were a child’. We take it in turns – the kids (9 and 7) tell stories about things that happened recently. It’s a good way of finding out what they get up to when they’re not with us!
The Silent Game
This from Faith whose blog is called Much More With Less Might just be our favourite!
Not sure if this is entirely in the spirit of this post, but if my kids have been squabbling in the back of the car we sometimes play the ‘Silent Game’. Child who stays silent longest gets a Haribo, but if one child provokes the other, the person who squeals gets the Haribo instead. Can help save the driver’s sanity.
If you have any family favourite car games, we would love to hear about them!