Friday, June 18, 2010

Vacay games!

So I have been talking a lot about moving lately and that can get old real quick. Bleh! So I know many people are going to get to go on vacay this summer! Yay for you! 
{{One of my favorite memories of growing up was when my family would take road trips for vacation.}} 
Since there were a lot of kids in my family, flying was out of the question, so we drove everywhere. My parents did a great job of making it fun and they would make a big event out of the driving aspect of the trip so that we would not hate it. I am the oldest of 5 and the road trip part of vacation could have easily turned into a nightmare but it was actually one of the best memories of any vacation! 
Highway 91 in Southern California, taken by me in 2007
Some of my favorite memories of the road trip included oodles of snacks. We would go to Costco and load up on snacks and goodies for the car ride. Everyone had a say in the candy, cookies, chips, fruit snacks, etc. that we munched on from Ohio to Disney World or wherever. We also went to the Library and picked out books. My mom would also do research and find car games for us to play. Some of the car games were so fun. Here are some of my favorite car games for long road trips:

The Picnic Game
A memory builder for all ages. One player says, "I went to a picnic Saturday and I brought..." then says a picnic favorite that begins with the letter A, like apples. The next player repeats the opening phrase, and after "...I brought" they repeat the A item then add one that begins with B: "I brought an apple and some bananas." The third player repeats the opener, the A and the B portions, and then adds something that begins with C. Get it? Can your travelers get through the alphabet, remembering all the items everyone contributed? Try keeping track of 23 items plusfiguring out what you can take to a picnic that starts with X!

License Plates
There are many ways to play with license plates, depending on the age of your kids. Young participants can call out letters in alphabetical order; the first one to Z wins. Next, have them look for doubles — or better yet, triples! — of letters and/or numbers in the plates. The one who has the most at the end of the day/trip wins. Older kids can "collect" out-of-state plates they see. (Make it tougher by going in alphabetical order.) Or they can try to build words or phrases using the letter sequence in the plates. A plate with the letters E, F and T, for example, might become the word "effort" (using those letters to start the word, in the middle and at the end). Those could make "Ed's Favorite Tacos" if you're running with phrases.

I Spy
Probably the classic make-time-go-by game of all time. One person looks around and chooses an object that the others have to guess, with their only clue being these words: "I spy with my little eye something that begins with (insert the first letter of the object's name)." Or the clue can be the object's color. The player who guesses the object gets to go next. The tricky part? It's not fair to "spy" something that's whizzing by the car at highway speeds. A landmark (mountain range, forest) that will be in the players' view for a few minutes is best.

And! I found this on ModCloth today!!! I would have loved this game in the car as a we-tot!
What is your favorite vacation memory?
Luv & smiles,

7 thoughts:

Lesli said...

I have always loved the Picnic game. I love anything to do with memory!

I am not sure this is a FAVORITE vacation memory, but I remember going to Pikes Peak in Colorado when my younger brother must have been 2 and I remember him throwing up all over the back seat including barfing all over his Raggedy Andy doll. My mom washed it and the head shrunk-ha ha ha! Good times.

kirstyb said...

ispy was a fave in my family! xxxx

Kristie said...

I don't remember playing any games on family vacations, but we always flew. I am an only child, so that was doable. :) Great post!

Kayla said...

So fun. My family did most of our traveling by plane when I was little so there wasn't many road games except the once a year trip to Grandma's. And we were all way to music obsessed to do play. Now I regret it!!

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SurferWife said...

I know exactly where that picture was taken off the 91. :)

Ashley said...

Oh I love these vacation memories! When we used to drive to Cape Cod, I would always get to pick the snacks (I was the baby of the family, lol) and I would get Nilla Wafers - oh I love Nilla Wafers! I need to pick up a box some time for the memories! :)


BarelyVogue said...

I lovvve roadtrips how fun!
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