Zero Prep – Road Trip Car Games for Kids

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Road Trip Car Games for Kids

Car trips can be awful but I’ve found them to be sooooooo much fun if I go into them with a good attitude and a plan.  I’m all for kids getting bored but I think it’s fun to mix in a few games along the way too.  Let them come up with their own games too!  I bet they’ll surprise you with what they create!  In the mean time, here are my zero prep – road trip car games for kids.  I hope your family finds them helpful!

I Spy

How to Play: Someone says, “I spy with my little eye something…” (Or the old version my great aunt taught me, that goes “Riddle, Riddle, Riddle Marie, I see something you don’t see and it is…”)  Either of those statements are followed with a clue to an object that someone sees.  The clues are usually based on color.  For example, ….something that is red.  A fun twist is to give a shape as a clue.

 

The Banana Game

How to Play: Each time someone sees a yellow vehicle, they yell out “Banana!” and they receive a point.  The player with the most points at the end of the predetermined time or when you reach your destination is the winner.  A fun twist on this game is to have kids find a specific model or type of car instead of color.  My kids love to find mustangs and convertibles.

 

Count the…

How to Play: Pick anything that you want your kids to count and begin.  We count school buses on the way to school every day (we homeschool so this is only once a week for co-op but they have fun with it).  We count motorcycles on Saturdays because my son loves motorcycles and loves to see how many are on the road this time of year.  We had 19 last Saturday and we only went to three places.

 

Tunnel

How to Play: This is an easy but a short lived game.  We get to play it twice on our way to visit family though so it’s a keeper in our house.  When you enter a tunnel, everyone holds their breath.  I used to love this game but I’m old and lazy now. ha. Whoever can hold their breath the longest is the winner!

 

Name That Tune

How to Play: My kids loves this game but I am absolutely dreadful at it. My kids play it by humming a song and letting everyone else try to guess the name of that song.  I can’t eeeeeever win.  Never ever.  Maybe if we played snippets of songs on the radio I might have a better chance?  Nah, probably not.

 

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Family Road Trip Songs

 

Storytelling

How to Play: I love storytelling and find much value in being about to tell stories.  This is one fun and super easy way to help cultivate the love of storytelling in my kids.  One person starts the story with a sentence, such as “Once upon a time there was a beautiful maiden who lived in a humble cottage.” Players continue taking turns adding a new sentence at a time until the story until it’s complete or it becomes too ridiculous and everyone is doubled over laughing. I always imagined these would be fun to write down but I’ve never actually done it.  Maybe I could secretly record my family the next time we play.  That would be a fun memory to look back on years from now.

 

Outdoor Fall Games for Preschoolers

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Playing in Leaves

My family loves spending time outdoors.  There’s something about hearing the wind blowing, the crickets chirping, and at this time of year, the leaves crunch beneath your feet.  Plus, it’s the best way to get a little energy out of kiddos that have been house bound all day.

My daughter loves to make up games as she runs around the yard.  Those are the best games!  The rules are fluid and change as we go but it’s always fun.

Duck, duck, goose is a family favorite.  We’ve played it by our own rules for so long that I really can’t remember how it’s played correctly.  My daughter’s favorite part is how we describe each duck as we go around tapping heads.  For instance, happy duck, silly duck, or angry duck and we have to make the expression of the name we’re given.  It’s fun but of course any game can be made fun when playing with family!

Preschool Drawing

This week my daughter was working on her handwriting and drawing skills when she made this picture.  She made a picture and “story” about playing outside.  It really is her favorite thing to do with her daddy.

Other fun outdoor fall games:

  • –  Red Light Green Light – A fun variation of this is to pick a letter at the start of each game.  When “red light” is called, the runners have to stop and quickly say a word that begins with that letter. They should come up with a different word each time and if they repeat a word, they have to go back to the start.
  •  Hiking
  • –  Homemade obstacle course
  • –  Geocaching (we haven’t done this yet with kids but I plan to when they get a little older!)
  • –  Nature scavenger hunt
  • –  Mother May I?
  • –  I Spy
  • –  Rake leaves and jump in!
  • –  Hopscotch 
  • –  Sidewalk chalk (here’s my favorite)
  • –  Feed the ducks
  • –  Apple picking
  • –  Build a campfire (with adult supervision!) and roast marshmallow

Does your family enjoy playing outside in the fall?

Candy Crush Endless Lives Tip!

Candy Crush Tip for Endless Lives!

My husband’s tech-savvy brother-in-law shared a secret with me that I’ve kept to myself for a few weeks now.  He told me a simple trick that could gain me an infinite number of lives on the game Candy Crush.  I know right!?  It just dawned on me today to share this fabulous knowledge with you and I hope you find it helpful.  I guess this tip could be bad or good news depending on your level of addiction.

Everyone who plays Candy Crush knows that you get five lives when you start the game and if you lose a life it will take 30 minutes to get that one life back.  An hour for two lives, ninety minutes for three lives, etc. but you can only accumulate five lives at any one point.  If you’re completely out of lives you can purchase a full set of lives or ask your Facebook friends for a life.  Nobody wants to bug there friends but everyone wants to play more…now I have the solution!

Unfortunately, this trick doesn’t work on your computer but it works on iPhones, iPods, Android devices, etc.  All you have to do is change your clock forward one day.  Open Candy Crush and voila you have five new lives!  Go back and change the date back and then you’re free to crush some candy!  You can do this over and over again but being an addict myself I try to limit myself to only doing this once or twice before I have to force myself to get on with life and do something else.  Use this information wisely.

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Happy crushing!