Travel games

Many traditional children’s games work really well on trips. The most tried and tested, like I-Spy, tongue-twisters etc work on two levels – they’re educational and fun.

Traditional games are stimulating, great for the imagination, promote physical strength and prepare children for social interaction. Life for kids (and parents) nowadays is increasingly sedentary, with the resulting problems with obesity.

Guessing games

These sharpen kids’ minds and are great family fun in the car. They help kids to learn, discover and remember new words, associate ideas...

Most guessing games come from popular sayings, children’s games from long ago and puzzles – they’re a great way to pass the time.

Tongue twisters

Teaching kids popular tongue twisters helps develop speech, teaches kids to speak more quickly and, as with guessing games, to develop vocabulary, association of ideas and sentence building.

To stop kids from becoming frustrated, start off slowly and pick up speed gradually. This repetition helps them learn and keeps them entertained for longer.

Tongue twisters were invented to loosen the tongue, so come on: “If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers…”

Looking for cars

Each member of the car has a colour and has to count the number of cars that colour that they see go past. This game has loads of possibilities: a licence plate letter; number of passengers; total number of passengers in the last ten cars... it helps with basic mathematical ideas.

Sign-reading

Reading road signs helps children learn about driving and the roads. Particular attention should be paid to pedestrian risks to educate children about dangerous situations for themselves and their families.

Making up stories

This encourages team-work. Each one gives a sentence that other passengers take up until they have a fantastic story, which can be changed with other plots, characters... It helps pass the time!

Songs

Taking music according to the age of your children and “playing at singing”, once again helps your child to learn new vocabulary, opens their ear to new sounds and teaches them that what was previously only a list of random words, when joined together can become beautiful songs.

I-spy

This can be played in the same way we all learned, but if a child is learning new languages, you might like to use these instead. Or to get a few laughs, you could make up silly words to lighten the atmosphere.

Word chains

Word chains are easy-peasy. One passenger says a word and the next says a word beginning with its last syllable. To improve vocabulary, this has many variations – you can begin with the last letter, last consonant...

 

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