Let's be honest, some car journeys with children can test your patience. From the inevitable, 'Are we nearly there yet?' to the demands for food/drink/a rest stop, travelling can become a headache – and that's before you've even factored in a traffic jam or two. Here at insurance4carhire, we've curated a list of the best technology-free games to keep your kids – and yourself – entertained on your journey.
Every time you pass a vehicle, take a peek at the three letters at the end of its registration, then use these to come up with a short sentence. For example, PIW becomes Peter Is Wicked. As a general rule, the sillier the sentences, the more fun this becomes – especially when you get tricky letters like X thrown into the equation.
This is a great game to encourage children to take note of what's around them as you travel. You can either design your own cards or find some on the Internet. Each player has a card of drawings/words of things to look out for en route, like an aeroplane, a horse, give way sign, bridge etc., and once you see each one, you cross it off on the card (so remember to take pencils with you). Just like number bingo, you can play for individual lines or you can just go straight for a full house.
Keep them happy
Modern technology has become a lifesaver for many parents, and whatever your children are into, be it Disney, dinosaurs or dolls, you can guarantee there's an accompanying app for them to enjoy. There's a big marketplace out there. If you've got younger children, it's definitely worth checking out the apps of Toca Boca, where you can do everything from feeding monsters in the kitchen to running a hairdresser's to building a robot to having a tea party. It's also a good idea to load up on e-books, favourite TV shows or films – you can never have too many options.
I went to….
This game is a great way of getting children into the holiday spirit as it gets them thinking about where they're going to end up – which distracts them from the journey. So, one person starts off by saying I went to [destination] and I bought… The next person then repeats this and adds on what they bought and so on and so on. If you want to make it really tricky, try doing it alphabetically!
Give all the players sheets with the numbers 1-100 on, then make it a challenge to find all the numbers (not on registration plates, that would be too simple!) and cross them off. First one to mark off all 100 gets a treat!
Who am I?
This is a bit like Guess Who?, but without the board. So, think of a person, fictional or real, then let the other passengers guess who you're thinking of (no changing your mind halfway through!) by answering 'yes' or 'no' to their questions.
Best of the rest
- I-spy – try it with colours instead of objects for younger children
- A portable DVD player – and headphones so you don't have to hear it
- Portable games consoles – and an in-car charger
- Sticker/colouring books
- Aquadoodle – a doodle pad that uses water (just make sure you have some in the car to refill the pen)
About the author
This is a marketing article from insurance4carhire by our car hire excess insurance business unit director, Adam Summersby. Adam is a respected leader with 11 years’ varied experience in niche personal and commercial lines insurance, including caravan, site operators and excess reimbursement, with proficiency in leadership, sales and account management.