August typically is the month that our family takes
vacation. While we look forward to these exciting
once-a-year getaways, we also know that when the
ride there gets to be a little long, the kids will quickly
let us know. This year we planned ahead and some
activities to pass the time while looking out of the
window. Here are a five fun kid-tested games that we
came up with to play in the car, bus, train or plane.
WHERE ARE WE GOING?
Write the name of the place that you are going to
on a piece of paper (i.e. Grandma's, Disneyland,
Orlando, etc.). Try to make as many words from
that word as you can. Winner picks the next word.
Have one person think of a person, place, or object
and keep it a secret. Have others take turns asking
yes/no questions (up to 20) until someone is able to
guess what the secret person, place or object is!
I AM GOING ON A TRIP
Following the letters of the alphabet, have one
person start with A and say, 'My name is Annie and
I am going on a trip to Alabama. In my suitcase I have
an alligator'. The next person would begin by saying,
'My name is Bob and I am going on a trip to Boston. In
my suitcase I have a bug and a baseball'. On to the
letter 'C'. Keep adding to the number of items in that
suitcase! This can get really silly!
IF I WERE...
'If I Were an ..., I Would Be a .... Because ...'. This is
a game that can really stretch creativity! One person
picks a subject. If, for example, you began with the
subject 'animal', the first person would begin by saying,
'If I were an ... animal, I would be a ... cow, because ...I
would like to enjoy long sunny afternoons in green
pastures'. Others follow with their answer to what type
of animal they would be. Another person picks a subject
(i.e., cars) and would begin by saying, 'If I were a ...car,
I would be ...an older Model A car, because ... my family
would take me out only on special occasions.' Try subjects
like food, birds, persons, etc.
Mom and Dad give a word and have the kids give the opposite.
Simple! But it can really make you think! We started with
hot/cold, dry/wet, laugh/cry and worked our way into some
pretty tough words! This was there favorite!
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