In Part 1 of this look at family car journeys, we looked at a few fun things that you can do with your children in order to keep them occupied during long drives. But, sometimes you just don’t have the time or resources to make car trip tickets or to go out and buy gloves and whiteboard markers for window drawings.
But, fortunately, all is not lost. With a couple of games that require no accessories at all, and some wildly entertaining toys from our extensive collection, you’ll have no problem keeping your little ones entertained for the entire length of your journey.
Let’s start with the games:
Kids’ Games for Long Car Journeys
1. Guess the Character
This game is traditionally played by sticking a card with a famous name written on it to the player’s forehead, and the player has to guess the name by asking questions. The rest of the players can only respond with yes/no answers.
However, with young children, it is fun to switch this around. Have your child think of a famous character (from a nursery rhyme, cartoon, etc.) and then you ask questions. Your child can only answer either ‘yes’ or ‘no’ until you guess the character.
2. Fortunately, Unfortunately
A fun game to play with children is the fortunately, unfortunately game. In this game, one person starts a story and then the next person adds to it, but starts the sentence with ‘unfortunately’. The next player then continues the story, starting with ‘fortunately’.
You end up with a story chain like this: ‘I went for a walk yesterday.’ ‘Unfortunately it started to rain.’ ‘Fortunately, I had a raincoat with me.’ ‘Unfortunately, it was far too small and didn’t fit me.’
3. Pub Sign Bingo
Split the car into two teams – those sitting on the left and those on the right. Then, when you pass a pub sign, count the number of legs on the sign. A hunter riding a horse, for example, would have six legs and would be a score of six. If the pub is on the right side of the car when you pass, the team on the right gets the points and vice versa.
Fun Toys for Car Trips
As we mentioned in Part 1, toys are brilliant fun for car trips. But, you don’t want too many parts as these can easily be lost. This is why it is best to keep it relatively simple, toy-wise.
Toy phones are also great for car trips, since they’re easy for your child to hang onto and allow you to join in the fun as the voice on the other end of the line. The Hellophone from B Toys is excellent for the car.
And, if you don’t mind a bit of enjoyable commotion, toy musical instruments can keep your little ones entertained while inspiring their creativity. There’s the Sevi wooden drum for the would-be percussionist, while the Moulin Roty children’s guitar brings some melody to the party.
Make the Journey Part of the Fun
With these toys and some fun family games, the car trip doesn’t have to be something to get through before the holiday starts. Instead, it can be a happy part of the holiday.
Be sure to get in touch with us before you leave so we can help you pick out the perfect toys for your car journey. Happy travels!
The CT Team x