‘Are we there yet’ – that phrase sound familiar to you? It doesn’t matter whether you’re heading off on your holidays or simply going for a day trip to the seaside, any journey longer than fifteen minutes is guaranteed to have them fidgeting, fretting and shouting ‘are we there yet’.
So what we thought we’d do at Soreen, is suggest a handful of fun travel activities to help you cope with a carful of kids. Seeing as we won’t be coming on the trip with you, it’s the least we can do.
As easy as ABC
The Alphabet Game is a simple way to pass the time that always works. Everyone takes a turn at making their way through the alphabet from A to Z in the right order, using letters from roadsigns, billboards, store fronts and passing hgvs. The one who completes their alphabet in the quickest time is the winner.
The Big If
The secret of this little game is to ask your kids the most imaginative, open-ended ‘if’ question you can dream up. For instance… ‘if you had a million pounds what would you spend it on’, or ‘if you could pick only one food to eat forever, what would it be,’ or ‘ if you had your own TV show what would you call it’… and so on. The kids will soon get wrapped up in the game and start asking each other ‘if’ questions and leave you to enjoy the journey in peace. Result!
Name that Tune
An oldie but goodie. Simply hum or ‘de de’ the tune of nursery rhymes, or songs from their favourite Disney movie for smaller kids and pop songs for the older ones. First one to guess it right wins. To be a bit more adventurous, you can play it by turning up the volume on the CD player for a few seconds and seeing who can guess the song fastest. But be careful not to annoy whoever’s driving.
I Went to the Shop Game
Another simple word game to make time fly by. It starts with the first player saying ‘I went to the shop and I bought….’ followed by something they bought with the letter A, like an apple. The next player then says the same thing, but this time adding something that they bought beginning with the next letter in the alphabet, so for instance… ‘ I went to the store and bought an apple and a balloon’. And so on, letter by letter through the alphabet, with the fun being trying to remember a line that’s getting longer, sillier and more complicated all the time.
We reckon that’s a start at keeping them amused! Don’t forget kids needs fuelling up even more than your car does so keep some of our lovely little Original malt and Banana Lunchbox Loaves in the glove compartment to keep them going till you get there.