18 Comments

  1. Martina Dalton
    20 September, 2012 @ 10:29 am

    This made me laugh! We play similar car games as well. The Animal Guessing Game is our favorite, and sometimes has me so involved in playing that I miss an exit on the freeway. 🙂

    Reply

    • Fabio Bueno
      20 September, 2012 @ 12:35 pm

      Hi, Martina. This is so funny: one day I missed the exit to my house because we were so involved in the 3-words game!

      Reply

  2. Angela Orlowski-Peart
    20 September, 2012 @ 11:43 am

    This is so awesome, Fabio. We often take car trips, preferring them to the air travel. Each of my kids own Nintendo DS and Kindle Fire, but they are not allowed to spend a lot of time playing games on those. Reading books on Kindle is fine but I still don’t like when they strain their perfect, young eyes, staring at the flickering screen. So I will definitely try the car games. They sound fun for the whole family. Brilliant!

    Reply

    • Fabio Bueno
      20 September, 2012 @ 12:36 pm

      Glad you liked the games, Angela. Check out the post again: I’ve added a game suited for older kids.

      Reply

  3. Pla
    20 September, 2012 @ 11:46 am

    Kids are growing up indeed. During our last car travel instead of playing games we talked about politics the whole way. I know it’s an election year but c’mon … they are eleven and twelve! Anyway … sometimes we play a variant of this: http://realms.co.uk/bedlam/

    Reply

    • Fabio Bueno
      20 September, 2012 @ 12:42 pm

      LOL! Talking politics already? Not even the adults in my family do that anymore 🙂
      I’ll try the Bedlam game sometime. It reminded me of another game we play: the 3-words storytelling game. I’ve added it to the post.
      Thanks for stopping by, Pla!

      Reply

  4. Julie Glover
    20 September, 2012 @ 1:35 pm

    Great games, Fabio! Our family is partial to the Alphabet Game, but I did a post on road games for families:
    http://julieglover.com/2012/06/06/word-games-for-the-road/

    Reply

    • Fabio Bueno
      20 September, 2012 @ 5:23 pm

      Julie, I didn’t know you had posted about it already! Thanks for letting us know. Your games are so much fun. The categories game is perfect for my kids 🙂

      Reply

  5. Kristy K. James
    20 September, 2012 @ 9:06 pm

    Julie mentioned the alphabet game…anything from fruits, to bands, to whatever category you want. I actually prefer to add a syllable requirement with the alphabet game. First round, words have to have at least two…working up to four or five each trip from A-Z.

    Other than counting all the semi’s, blue cars, etc… when they’re really small, that’s all I have. 🙂

    Reply

    • Fabio Bueno
      21 September, 2012 @ 3:28 pm

      Good ones, Kristy! We did the car color game twice, and the alphabet game is a good candidate. Thanks for the suggestions 🙂

      Reply

  6. Debra Kristi
    20 September, 2012 @ 10:51 pm

    Fun post, Fabio. It has been a while since we’ve played this and I’ve misplaced the boards but we used to play car bingo. The driver didn’t get to play though, because they have to keep their eyes on the road. 🙁 Everyone gets a bingo board with squares. In each square is a combination of letters or numbers and you have to search the plates on the cars around you during your trip to try and mark of the pieces on your board. The first one to reach “bingo” wins. My kids are going through that stage where they don’t play well together. It makes for our long commute to any family member stressful.

    Reply

    • Fabio Bueno
      21 September, 2012 @ 3:29 pm

      Oh, yes, the kids don’t play well together sometimes. Never heard of the bingo game, but I’ll suggest it to them next time we’re on the road. Thanks, Debra!

      Reply

  7. Debra Eve
    21 September, 2012 @ 12:56 am

    Hi Fabio, when I was little, our favorite game was spot the Beetle. Remember the old-fashioned VW Bug? We’d count how many Beetles we’d see on the trip. Or we’d each pick a color and whoever counted the most Beetles in their color would win. Ah, the simple days 🙂

    Reply

    • Fabio Bueno
      21 September, 2012 @ 3:30 pm

      Oh, yeah! I played that too when I was a kid! Of course, there were a lot more Beetles then 🙂 Good times!

      Reply

  8. Ginger Calem
    21 September, 2012 @ 3:51 am

    You’re such a great dad. We are total road warriors, taking cross country road trips since the kids were babies. Our trips are usually 16+ hours. When we got a DVD player in our car, it was the best thing in the universe. haha!! Sorry. That said, what we have always done is listen to books on tape. We’ve listened to every Harry Potter book countless times. In the last few years we’ve added Hunger Games and this summer we listened to Divergent and Insurgent. Even though we’ve all read the books, listening to them is fun too. As a driver, I think that’s the only way I could stay awake.

    With my 2 boys being teenagers, more often than not, they have their ipods/phones plugged into their ears. Enjoy every moment of the Animal Game while you can. Time is precious and moving fast.

    Reply

    • Fabio Bueno
      21 September, 2012 @ 3:33 pm

      Oh, Ginger, I don’t want to imagine my kids growing up. Wonder Wife tries to donate the toddler books I used to read to my kids, and I always save them from the donation pile.
      I think our longest road trip was 8 hours. For longer trips, a DVD player is acceptable; desirable, even. Because nobody can keep guessing animals for 8+ hours 🙂

      Reply

  9. Jennette Marie Powell
    21 September, 2012 @ 7:23 am

    Ahh, the days of piling into the family Firebird and heading down the highway… (we could get away with that, with only one kid!) We played the letter game, blue cars, and when VW brought the Beetle back, Slugbug. That one was popular when I was a kid. More recently, I took my daughter and two friends to a college visit two states away. We listened to an audio version of My Immortal, aka the Worst Fanfic Ever. I can’t remember the last time I laughed so much! Sounds like you’re having some wonderful times, the kind your kids will always remember!

    Reply

    • Fabio Bueno
      21 September, 2012 @ 3:34 pm

      I’ve read about the Worst Fanfic Ever; was it on your blog, Jen? Priceless! Ginger also mentioned audiobooks; we might try that. Thanks for the tip!

      Reply

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: