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Four Fun Car Games for Preschoolers

Posted by Kristen on October 1, 2009 at 6:58 AM in Car Games
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lick.jpgThis is the ride Mason finds himself in the most these days. This is, in fact, a baby doll stroller. His brothers don't care. Neither does he. He does seem to mind when they lick him on his head however. I have no idea why they do that. This has nothing to do with this post but I thought the picture was hysterical and horrible, all at the same time. Back to our regularly scheduled programming....

We have been looking for better things to do on our 25 minute drive to school in the morning. Lately we have been shaking things up a little by passing the time in ways other than throwing heavy objects at one another in the back seat. Here are four things we like to do in the car on the way to (or from) school.

1. I spy with my little eye.... Tried and true. We are working on colors over here since we realized recently that Nate doesn't know one color and we had practically taught Ethan how to read by this age. So colors it is. The down side is that we live in a land of a LOT of green. This, of course, is wonderful environmentally but it makes "I spy" a little less interesting.

2. "Whatcha gonna learn today?" Taken from our favorite, Sid the Science Kid, this is a great guessing game about what we might learn at school today. Lately the discussion rarely strays from dinosaurs, and I'm pretty sure we have Dinosaur Train to thank for that one.

3. High point/Low point. Best discussed after school, this gives your child a chance to process his day and to develop an ability to express/identify the good and the not-as-great in his day. It is normally pretty easy to say what was the best part of your day but it's great to show that your "low point" somehow seems a little less sad once you put it in the same story as the "high point."

4. Tell me a story. Pick a subject (how about dinosaurs? sigh) and everyone has to tell a story. You can identify exactly where everyone in your family is developmentally based on the direction the story heads (please, no more potty stories).

What do you guys like to do in the car?


Holly writes...

Mason's face is priceless in this picture! Thanks for posting.

Erin writes...

hi Kristen! I just have to ask, did I see you at the ABC Show in Vegas? I was sitting on the back row, on the floor feeding my babe (my hubby was there with me too). You mentioned to me that there was a nursing room in the WAY back - you were on your way there yourself? You mentioned your babe was a tad overwhelmed with the show and needed a quite place to nurse? Am I right? Erin

KristenAuthor Profile Page writes...

Yep, that was me!!

Patty writes...

We play eye spy (as you recommended) and we also play "find the shape" game. The girls (ages 3 & 5) take turns naming a colored shape they see (for example "I see a yellow diamond") and everyone takes a turn finding new shapes as we drive. It's most useful in construction zones!

Trish writes...

We play the eye spy game, but we change it around a little bit. Because I have two boys and competetion is everything... we pick something like a red truck and then someone has to be the first one to spy a red truck, then they get to pick what we are going to spy next. We also play "can we sing all of the words to a song?". I mix the songs up on a cd and try to be fair because my boys are 3 and 7, so the 7 year old has an advantage, but I think that they think the best part of the game is when Mom doesn't know the words and they do.
That's all I got.

Katy writes...

The baby in the middle appears to be saying, "Ehn. What can you do?" Great pic!

We like to play a game where we name an animal (or many animals) for each letter of the alphabet. Another one is each person gets a turn to describe an animal and everyone else has to guess what animal is being described.

Liz K writes...

My husband and kids invented a very bizarre game for the car. They call it Car Wash. They look out the window and determine how dirty the other cars on the road are. If the car is really sparkly clean, they call, "Cake!" If the car is normal, not too dirty, they say, "Chips." You know, because cake is the best, but chips are pretty good. If a car needs a car wash, they simply call, "Car Wash." And if the car is super disgusting dirty, that car is a "Rotten Fish!"

It is actually kind of funny, especially in the winter, when a lot of cars are Rotten Fish, including our own.

Jess writes...

OH MY GOSH! I love Mason's face in this picture! I just want to save him!

My boys prefer to do the throwing stuff at eachother as well. I think you should do a post about the benefits of minivan configuration and how different seating arrangements can be better or worse for your sanity.

Jenny writes...

My boys (4&5) play a game where they assign each other things to look out for. Sometimes, it is completely ridiculous like "purple trains", but mostly it is "red cars" or "white trucks" or "big rigs." We get to work on our counting and colors.

Jenny writes...

My boys (4&5) play a game where they assign each other things to look out for. Sometimes, it is completely ridiculous like "purple trains", but mostly it is "red cars" or "white trucks" or "big rigs." We get to work on our counting and colors.

Brenda writes...

We play the "I'm thinking of.." game. It's like 20 questions, but we don't limit it to just 20 questions. For example, one person says, "I'm thinking of something soft and fuzzy." The others have to guess what it is by asking questions like "Is it alive?", "Is it an animal?", etc.

This game has consumed lots of road time for us.

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