The games peo­ple play

Keep the kids en­ter­tained on the drive from A to B with­out a smart­phone in sight

Warwick Daily News - - ESCAPE - BY Letea Ca­van­der

FOR those the same age as me (let’s not get too spe­cific, 30-ish plus will put you in the same bracket), our child­hoods were years spent with­out dig­i­tal de­vices. Many of you may have re­galed your chil­dren with tales of road trips taken with­out smart­phones and tablets to en­ter­tain. Once they re­cov­ered from their hor­ror, I am sure a few of them gripped their dear de­vices a lit­tle closer. Oth­ers may not have be­lieved it at all.

But as the school hol­i­days loom and many fam­i­lies take to the open road on hol­i­day, Weekend has thought up some old-fash­ioned road trip games that might come in handy.

Fun with num­ber plates

Num­ber plates are not just for po­lice of­fi­cers to keep track of our re­gos, or com­pa­nies to keep track of driv­ers and their un­paid tolls.

More for coun­try roads, this num­ber plate game al­lows three par­tic­i­pants to test out their maths skills.

Choose who will take the first num­ber on the plates, who will take the sec­ond and who will take the third.

When the first car on the op­po­site side is in sight, play­ers have their first num­ber. When the sec­ond car is in sight, they must add their first num­ber and the num­ber from the sec­ond ve­hi­cle to­gether.

Add the third ve­hi­cle’s num­ber on to the to­tal, and so on. It does work on the hon­esty sys­tem to some ex­tent – if you do add a num­ber to your to­tal in­cor­rectly you are out.

It’s a game best not tried on busy high­ways un­less there are three maths ge­niuses in the car.

An­other oldie but goodie is the let­ters game.

Choose a theme (names, colours etc) and the driver chooses a let­ter from a num­ber plate in front of them.

Then the pas­sen­gers, in a round robin, use the let­ter to name as many things as pos­si­ble in the theme (so if the cat­e­gory is names and the let­ter is ‘A’, Adam and Alice are cor­rect an­swers).

Play­ers are out once they can­not think up an an­swer for the let­ter.

Ve­hi­cle colours

A good one for the lit­tlies. Par­tic­i­pants choose a colour and then keep a tally of the num­ber of ve­hi­cles that pass them in that colour.

This game can be played be­tween towns, or for a cer­tain num­ber of kilo­me­tres, and the one with the big­gest tally at the end wins.

Cat­e­gory game

This one needs writ­ing ma­te­rial, but the kids choose cat­e­gories (cities, an­i­mals, foods, tele­vi­sion shows etc) and then some­one not par­tic­i­pat­ing in the game chooses a let­ter.

They must then fill out the cat­e­gories by that let­ter (so ‘H’ is Hous­ton, horse and House Rules).

De­pend­ing on the num­ber of cat­e­gories and the age of the play­ers, a time limit can help move things along.

This game re­ally can en­ter­tain for an hour or more if play­ers choose 15 cat­e­gories and elect to go through the al­pha­bet.

Trivia... with­out the smart­phone

A great game that may ig­nite some dis­cus­sion. One per­son in the car is elected trivia master (and keeper of the smart­phones).

They make up ques­tions, and hold everyone else’s phone so there is no cheat­ing. Cre­ate teams, or play in­di­vid­u­ally, and write an­swers down. The most cor­rect an­swers wins. What are your favourite road trip games? Email news­re­gional­me­ or leave com­ments on the story at our web­site.


◗ Pull out a few old-fash­ioned road trip games for the school hol­i­days and watch the kids squirm with­out their de­vices.

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