Make your own fun
Got a long car journey coming up? Dreading the thought of having to keep the kids entertained for hours? Technology isn't the only way - keep boredom at bay by engaging them in some good car games that everyone can enjoy.
Classic car games
- Word association
- Number plate phrases
- I Spy
- Would you rather?
- The quiet game
- 20 questions
How to play
- Word association - someone starts with a word, and the next person has to say a word related to the previous one e.g. toys > fun > happy
- Number plate phrases - taking the last 3 letters of number plates around you, make the best, most obscure or funny phrase. Then the whole car decides whose is best.
- I spy - choose something you can see and say 'I spy with my little eye, something beginning with...' stating the letter the object you've chosen begins with. The person who guesses it correctly begins the next round.
- Would you rather? - choose two options to pit against each other e.g. would you rather eat a tin of cold beans or bathe in them? It's more fun if you choose options that the person answering wouldn't do normally.
- The quiet game - if the kids are getting too noisy, ask who can stay quiet the longest. The one who does wins.
- 20 questions - one person thinks of a famous person or character and then the rest of the passengers have 20 questions to try and guess who it is. Only questions that can be answered yes or no are allowed.
For a smooth ride
Long car journeys are normally an argument waiting to happen, whether that's between adults, kids or both. Try to avoid the stress, tears and tantrums by thinking ahead.
Handy tips for the trip
- Plan your route (and a few back ups) before setting off even if you will be using a sat nav.
- Plan in regular stops to break up the driving and prevent children from becoming restless from sitting still for too long.
- Stock up on food and drink for the car to prevent any 'I'm hungry' or 'I'm thirsty' wails. And pack more than you think you'll need just in case you get stuck in any traffic.
- Make sure you've got a charger in the car to avoid any breakdowns caused by electronics running out of battery.
- If you're driving in Europe, familiarise yourself with the rules of the road of the country you're travelling to (or travelling through) and ensure you have all of the documents and car kit you need for those countries too.