tgrt: kids amusement = mama & baba’s sanityfara | 11/5/2010 | 11:19 pm
in order to not to risk turning loco on the locomotives, any rational parent would want to be prepared with things to amuse their kids when on long trips – be it on the car, plane or train. boats – i won’t even think of it.. there’s enough to worry about kids falling overboard, than worrying abt them being entertained.
of course, with the advent of technology – we can always fall back on the good old portable dvd player. but i’d like to keep that as my final recourse. some options available depending on how much effort needs to be put into crafting the games:
NO TOOLS REQUIREDHere are some games that require no supplies and are limited only by your imagination!!!Take turns with the oldest or youngest starting the game and the first person to guess or win goes next:
- I Spy with my little eye – give clues – can be done with letters and colours also
- ABC – each person picks an item starting with next letter in the alphabet.
- Old MacDonald – take turns adding an animal
- Guess the animal, person or thing – give clues
- Guess where I am – give clues
- Guess the Pokemon – just for kids usually – give clues including HP points and evolved forms
- Statue Game – last person to stay still wins
- Quietest the Longest – last person to remain quiet wins – this makes for a quiet train ride. *I use this a lot in the car muahaha.. and it works!*
- Spelling bee with age/ability appropriate words or backwards spelling to make it harder for older children.
- Domino Spelling – first person starts with a letter and the next person adds a letter and continues with each person adding a letter. The person who cannot add a letter is out and a new word is started until only one player is left.
- Category Lists – these can be done randomly or alphabetically – eg – farm animals, states or provinces.
- A variation on the “I’m going camping and I will bring” game where each person picks an item to bring to the travel destination and each subsequent person must recite the entire list. First person who forgets an item on the list is out.
- Video Trivia – make up questions about favourite children’s videos.
- Counting and shape game – have children count the number of a certain shape or colour item they see along the way.
- Sing-alongs are fun and increase oxygen intake while you play to reduce the feeling of fatigue while travelling, especially action songs like “The Wheels on the Bus”. You can also have a christmas sing-along which is really fun for a summer holiday. *probably not – since you’d be annoying the other passengers in the coach – in your own car, this works of course*
- Sound contest – see how many different sounds you can make.
- Simon says clap your hands, etc. when the caller asks for an action without saying “Simon Says” anyone who does the action is out.PENCILS, PAPER AND COLOURINGThese games require only a pad of paper and some pencils, crayons or washable markers to play.Pens can also be used
- Hangman – or you can use the format of wheel of fortune to guess letters that form the word indicated by the spaces on the pad.
- Tic tac toe is always a family favourite
- Many children just love to draw and a quiet time for this is a welcome respite *Definitely kakak’s thing*
- Spelling games can also be played this way.
- A visual scavenger hunt – make a list of things to see and kids can cross it out when they see it.
- Catagory list game can also be used this way.
- Keeping a journal either by pictures for younger children or older children can write down their adventures for a keepsake.
- Tracing – pick objects or hands to trace and colour.
now, with those lists – i should at least keep fidgeting kids at bay for at least 2-3 hours before we need to walk em