Recently, our family has been traveling by car a lot. Plane travel is a hassle and so expensive! We’ve decided to enjoy the wonders near home. So we hop on our minivan (don’t laugh; it’s huge, functional, powerful, responsive, and one of the most comfortable cars to travel) and go.
It all started when I was teaching colors to my preschooler.
The color game. In this game, my son would say a color. I had to say a different one, and we would alternate until one of us got stuck. Of course, two males playing this makes for a very short game: red, blue, green, yellow, gray, brown, black, white, pink, orange, and purple and we were done. We didn’t know any other! It wasn’t until my daughter joined us with invented words like lilac, violet, indigo, crimson, and other words that I’d never heard of that the game got interesting. When she said, “turquoise,” my son would complain that “tortoise” is not a color.
The whistling game. My kids can’t whistle, so they’d just hum a song, and the rest of us would have to guess it. When we started, “Twinkle, twinkle little star” and “B-I-N-G-O” were hits. Now we guess “Fireworks,” “Dynamite,” “Rolling In the Deep,” and “Call Me Maybe.” Kids are growing up…
The animal game. One of us thinks of an animal, and the others must guess which just by asking yes/no questions: “Does it fly?” “Does it have four legs?” “Is is a carnivore?” and so on. My daughter would try to cheat, so we created some ground rules: “eagle” is accepted, but “bald eagle” isn’t. Also, out: unicorns, triceratops, dragons.
Update: The 3-words storytelling game. I completely forgot about this one when I published the original post. This game is simple: each player can only say three words to keep a story moving. The first player says “Once upon a time…” (yes, it’s 4 words–a special exemption) then the second picks it up with 3 words, then the next, and so on. An example:
“Once upon a time…” “there was a” “big red bunny” “who thought that” “green bunnies were” “the reason for” “aliens invading Earth.” “One day, he” “slept for twenty” “seconds because he” “didn’t want to” “eat dragons anymore.” As you can see, the objectives of the game are to create a nonsensical story while making things hard for the next player. This one generates a lot of laughs.
I hope that we’ll soon graduate to the Twenty Questions game : )
What about you? Do you play, or used to play car games? Please help us, we’re running out of games!
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