Today Dot and Mae are getting out their little yellow car (sometimes they like to drive it and give their magic shoe a rest) and going on a road trip. Are you going on any vacations this year? Dot and Mae like to go on little adventures to see new things or maybe to visit old friends who live far away. When Dot and Mae are going on long trips they like to play games to pass the time, here are some of their favorites ones . . .
Divide the car occupants into teams – left side and right side. Decide how you will determine when the game will end (time, length of trip, etc). Count the cows you see on your side of the car. If you pass a field full of lots of cows, you’d better count fast! If you pass a cemetery on your side of the car, you lose all your cows — but only if the opposing team calls out “your cows are buried!”
This game gets interesting when distraction tactics are used to either cause your opponent to miss cows on their side of the road or to miss a cemetery on your side of the road. A white horse can count as a bonus. The team with the most cows wins!
Here is a point system you might like to use to make it a little more challenging:
1) Cows = 1 point each.
2) White Horse = 50 points
3) Chimney by itself (house burnt down) = 50 points each.
4) Peg legged man = 500 points each.
5) Gray mule = 100 points each.
6) Wind mill (out in pasture pumping water) = 50 points each.
7) Sheep or goats (replace cows if none are around) = 1 point each.
8.) Cemetery = wipes out points. Start back at zero (0).
Choose a color and watch out the window for objects of that particular color. Let’s say you pick the color orange. Whenever you see an orange object, you say:, “I see an orange (object)!”. Try to list ten objects before choosing a new color. You can compete to see who gets ten objects first, or you can cooperate to get ten objects together, with another passenger keeping score.
Red Car/Yellow Car
Choose a color and watch for a car of that color. Whoever spots the right color car first calls out, “(Color) Car!” and then gets to choose a different color for the next car.
Using the alphabet, starting with A, watch out the window for road signs, billboards, store signs, etc. with the called out letter. Once you find an “A” move on to “B” and so on until you complete the alphabet. Then repeat!
Similar to above but use numbers. Watch out the window for numbers from 1-9, in order.
Before you leave, make a list of things to watch for during the drive. You can cooperate with other passengers or compete to see who can find all the items on the lists.
Here are some list examples:
- Flashing red light
- Sign in a foreign language
- Grocery store
- Railroad tracks
- Billboard with child on it
- Billboard with cat on it
- Police officer
- Railroad tracks
- Post office or school
- Dirt road
- Pond or lake
- A fence
- Gas station
If you get tired of playing games – don’t forget there’s always “CAR-I-OKE”!
“This is the song that doesn’t end, it just goes on and on my friend, some people started singing it not knowing what it was and they’ll continue singing it forever just because this is the song that doesn’t end, it just goes on and on my friend . . .” (repeat until someone threatens to put their dirty sock in your mouth to keep you quiet).
(Special thanks to momsminivan.com and kidsturncentral.com for helping us with the rules of these games)