The sheer thought of travelling with children can conjure up images like that of a horror film, and the longer the trip, the harder it can become to keep your little angel’s behaving as such. This is why it’s always a good idea to have some fun and engaging games up your sleeve. The truth is, traveling doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Instead, it can be quite the opposite if you have an arsenal of appealing activities at your disposal.
Here are some of the best choices we’ve compiled that will ensure your next family holiday doesn’t end up like a scene from Problem Child.
I’m sure you can remember this classic from your childhood. This is an all-time favourite that’s simple, fun, and everyone can get involved. First, find something that’s in view of all players and begin by saying “I spy with my little eye, something . . .” and you fill in the blanks with a clue for the others whilst they try to guess the answer. I have very fond memories of this game; desperately searching for that obscure object my father had chosen before my brother had a chance to guess. Another great thing about this game is that it will allow your child’s critical thinking skills to develop as they begin to think outside the box for creative answers.
Name that tune
This is one for the whole family. Using your CD player, iPod, or whatever device you have at your disposal, play the first few seconds of a song then press pause, and challenge the kids to sing the next few lines of the lyrics. To make it even more exciting, give out bonus points if they can name the song title and the singer or artist. I recall some pretty heated karaoke battles over this gem, belting out those classic Bon Jovi and Michael Jackson tunes on those long road trips. So, whilst it’s all about having fun, I think it would be considerate to think of the other passengers after playing this one for the 4th straight hour!
Take a deep breath, it’s not the type that was present during our colonisation. A player simply thinks of a word, which is then represented by a dash for each letter. Players then guess one letter at a time. A correct guess merits a letter written in its appropriate spot and an incorrect guess results in a portion of “the hangman's” gallows being drawn. The game comes to an abrupt end by either the entire word being spelled out, or the gallows being drawn. Whichever comes first.