I used to save my change in the car in film containers, NOW I use other plastic containers (like from the gum you can get in the little plastic canisters). We had several games the kids enjoyed playing when they were younger and we were traveling. Most included winning money!
One we called "Family Trivia". I would take a coin out of the container, they never knew what it would be, a penny, maybe a quarter, then I would ask a question about some piece of family history. Examples: "Which of the kids ate a beetle when they were little?", "Which aunt has tattooed eyebrows?", and "What was Grandma's maiden name?". Some of the questions were about our immediate family, some about grandparents, etc. It was a fun way to pass on family history with the kids!
Another one we play is "Road Kill". And yes, it's as disgusting as it sounds! Again, we might play for all the change in the holder for this game. We would pick a distance, from point A to point B, and everyone would choose a number of how many dead critters they thought we would see between those points. Hey, I SAID it was disgusting, but it was a game that made the kids all laugh!
Yet another, "Guess within a quarter, how many dollars worth of gas we would put in the gas tank when stopping for gas." Whoever was within quarter, won a dollar!
And sometimes we would just have a guessing game as to how much change was in the coin container! If anyone was within a quarter, they won the entire amount! The kids LOVED that game!
I hope you enjoy some of our silly games!
Source: Bored kids and a mom who didn't want to hear "Are we there yet?" Smiles!
By Pam T from Storm Lake, IA
By blueflye from Idaho
Sometime before the trip, without letting your kids know, pack a small bag or sack with all kinds of "fun" things - silly putty, word search puzzles, balloons, candy, harmonica, small toys from kids' meals, crayons or markers and book, small binoculars - whatever you can find that will keep them busy and that won't be really messy. Include any small toys that they haven't played with in awhile. But, don't let them see what you are packing!
Then, when you have played all the sing-a-long games and everything else is getting old and they're saying "I'm bored!", pull out the "bored bag!" You can pack one for each child so they don't fight over it, but try to include a wide variety of things.
By Patti from Farmington, AR
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