PLAY WITH CHILDREN IN THE CAR
with children is always an adventure.
When we took our
first big car trip with our daughter while she was being
potty trained, it didn't take more than three minutes
for her to say "I gotta go!" Yes, traveling with
children can be an experience.
regular car trips of 200 to 300 miles every couple of
months, we have learned many tricks for traveling with
children. For instance, we let our children pack a
snack bag for long car trips (with our supervision of
course). They decide when they will eat their snacks.
They know that there will be no other snacks during
the trip and they must pace themselves. We also let
each child pick at least one audio cassette for the
trip which we will play for them during the car ride.
But the best trick we have is our collection of car
Car games are
a terrific way to entertain children and yourself too!
The games pass the time, stimulate thought, and can
educate the children! The great thing about car games
is they can be played by many different aged children.
Imaginative use of car games is all that is needed to
modify them for different ages.
Many of the
games we play in the car are games you probably played
as a kid, but have forgotten all about...such as 20
Questions and Geography. Some of the others we play may
be new to you, but are also winners. And keep in mind,
these games are also great when you are in waiting
rooms; on line somewhere; or waiting for a table in a
restaurant. They don't have to be played in a car!
20 Questions is truly
a classic game. It can be played
by children of all ages. There are
many variations of the game. We
will describe only one variation
of the game.
One person thinks of
something which falls under the
category of animal, mineral, or
vegetable and then tells the other
players which category is correct.
The players then take
turns asking questions which can
be answered with a YES or NO.
For instance, if the
category is animal a player might
ask "Can it fly?" or "Does it have
And after 20 questions
are asked, if the players have not
already guessed the answer, each
player gets a last chance to make
Afterwards, a new
player tries to stump the group.
Great for children of
all ages. An excellent way to help
reinforce a preschooler's ABCs,
yet fun for the elementary school
aged child too!
The first person
starts with the letter A and say
"A is for ---" filling in the
blank with any word beginning with
the letter A such as APPLE,
ARTICHOKE, AIRPLANE, etc. Let's
The second person then
does the letter B, but must also
remember what A was!
So, let's say the
second person decides to use the
word BOOK for B, the second person
would say" A is for APPLE and B is
You continue your way
through the alphabet.
By the time you get up
to the letter Z the player will
have to recite each and every
letter with its corresponding
The game takes a while
and kids love it, particularly if
you throw in some silly words or
phrases like S IS FOR SMELLY TOES.
Geography is another
classic game. But Geography is not
for younger children. This game is
best for children ages 8 and up.
Not only do they enjoy
the game, they know enough
locations to be able to play the
Although the finer
points of the game may vary from
place to place, this is how the
basic game is played.
Someone starts by
naming a country such as Japan.
The next person must
name a country whose name begins
with the last letter of the
previously named country. In this
case, Japan ends in N, so a
country which begins with N must
be named such as Nigeria.
And then, since
Nigeria ends in an A, the next
person's country must start with
And so on until
someone gets stumped.
Please note, some
people play the game with city
names; names of rivers or other
bodies of water; and in the United
States it is often played with
Set your own rules and
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Well made instruments
designed and made specifically for
children under age 3. Besides
being cute and appealing, they are
certfied safe for children ages 2
to 3 years old. Give your child a
head start on tomorrow. Musical
Instruments encourage rhythm,
cognizance and gross motor skills.
Large selection of
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They are not made by toy
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tambourines, bells, shakers, sand
blocks, rhythm sticks and much
more. Please note, these
instruments are for children ages
3 and up.
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