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Old 11-10-2005, 03:49 AM
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Travel Games for The Preschool Child

Travel Games for The Preschool Child
by Kellie Head

Planning a road trip to Grandma's house this holiday season, but dread the drive with the kids? Make it a fun ride with these fun games and activities made just for travelling.

Name a color and have your children take turns naming things that are usually that color. See who can name the most. Most answers will be items found in nature. (for example: yellow- lemon, banana, corn, daffodil.)

Start a story with you children. Stop often and let them tell what would happen next. Children of all ages can usually participate in this game.

Call out a color and a type of vehicle such as blue station wagon. See who can find the first one.

Many miles can disappear when you count. Set a time period (such as 15 minutes or until a certain place is reached) and select a subject to count (such as campers or semi-trucks, etc.

Older children can look for letters on signs to spell their names and other words. Younger children who may not know how to spell can look for familiar letters.

To play another letter game, pick a letter (for example, "B") and have your children look for things that start with the same sound.

A travel box can be any sturdy container with a lid that can be used as a game board or as a table. An aluminum cake pan with a plastic lid works well. Inside the cake pan store a pad of paper, some crayons, a pair of dice and a deck of cards. If desired, include a small, drawstring, clothe bag with small plastic cars, animals, people, etc. Then cut out a large piece of felt to fit on the inside of the cake pan lid. Cut out small felt shapes of different colors, and store them in a small resealable plastic bag inside the cake pan. To use a felt board en route, have the child put the cake pan lid inside up on his or her lap and lay the large pieces of felt inside. Your child now has a surface on which to arrange and rearrange the felt shapes.

Make animal sounds and let your children take turns naming the animals. If your children are able to do so, let them take turns making the animal sounds.

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Old 06-24-2006, 02:21 PM
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When dd1 was in college it was 35 miles fromhome so the ride for dd2 (3 at the time)was boring. We made a game out of I'll see_______ before you do. The dd2 would be on the lookout for whatever I said. I always knew when we would be passing McDonalds, WalMart, etc. so I knew when to say each one.

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Another great activity for little ones in that car, though it might not accurately be called a game, is to make up a special coloring book for the trip. There are all sorts of printables available on the Internet these days that you can make your own coloring books for very little money.

If you're traveling over a holiday, you can make a holiday-themed book. Or if you're going on a long road trip, give your child pages with the outlines of the states you will be visiting.

For older kids you can throw in word searches, crossword puzzles, trivia, and other fun (quiet) activities. It's educational and will keep them quiet for pennies!

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