Friday, October 9, 2015

3 Games 2 Play With The Kids In The Car





What parent hasn't heard they're kids say to them "Are we there yet?"  I know I have many times.  I decided to play a game with my kids that taught them about the 50 states via license plates.




Game 1

My son was having trouble remembering his states.  One day while driving, I was stopped at a red light and noticed the license plate in front of me was from Florida. As I proceed through the intersection, I saw another one from Connecticut and it clicked.  Now it has become a fun thing that my son and I play while driving to grandma, the mall, or school.  Each plate is different for each states.  I then downloaded a U.S.A. map of the 50 states.  Now we cross off each state plate that we see.



Game 2

Counting the license plates from various states we see.   Counting is important as it helps kids know there numbers.  One day my son and I counted 18 license plates from Florida alone.  Even my 4 yr old has started to look for the plates and called out Florida 2 times.  To date that is the highest number that we have counted from all the plates seen. The next day we start all over again each day.  It is a fun activity that teaches my kids about the 50 states as well as counting.

Game 3

I get my kids to identify the colors of the cars we see when looking at the plates and counting.  We can see a blue, red, green car and then tally how many of them we see in the day.  Again, the tally starts all over again the next day.  This teaches kids about colors, counting and about the 50 states.

Now that my daughter has started Pre-k I am told she can count up to 20, knows her colors and even some states. It is fun activities to do with your kids that teaches them and its FREE. You too can try this with your family. Share this with your friends and family. Leave me a comment with your thoughts.
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35 comments:

  1. These are fun ideas! Thanks. I am always looking for some stuff for our kids to do in the car, as they get bored.

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  2. This is a good idea. Kids will learn the states, colors and how to count. I haven't thought about the plates and using it to help my kids learn. Thanks for the tip:)

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  3. Those are super fun ideas! We play the licence plate game on long road trips, too! It's fun and educational.

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  4. Those are great ideas for passing time on a road trip. We always did the license plate game as a kid.

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  5. Road trips can be tough on families. These games all sound like great ways to pass the time and have some fun along the way.

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  6. These are great games. My kids play the basic ISpy game. I should add an educational twist!
    Lee

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  7. we used to play the colors games and we love spotting plates from out of state. U can always tell the out of state drivers they look like they are lost . lol

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  8. These are great car travel games! Our family favorite travel game is 'i Spy" ;)

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  9. Great games! Car games are always fun and helpful

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  10. I've always loved (and still do) all license plate related games. This makes me want to play some again tis weekend.

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  11. We love the license plate game! But we also enjoy the 'slug bug' game and making 'road maps.'

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  12. These are great games! We have a long car ride ahead of us over the upcoming holidays so I will keep these in mind!

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  13. Road trips can be so long and tiresome, especially when there's nothing to do. These are great ideas to pass the time.

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  14. Those are great ideas! Road trips can be super long {since everything near us is at least 4 hours away, each way} so we are always looking for ways to entertain the kids in the car!

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  15. Love the ideas, in fact we always do Out of State License Plate. This summer we also did a contest to see who could find so many of each color car, road sign, etc. Tons of fun and learning.

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  16. Great ideas as a change from 'Are we there yet?'. Thanks for sharing some ideas which will bring some peace to travelling with children. #AnythingGoes.

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  17. Brilliant! Combining learning with fun and skipping the dreaded whining! Pinning and sharing

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  18. This is a great idea! We travel a lot so I'm always looking for ways to keep the kiddos entertained in the car. Thanks for sharing!

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  19. These are all great games to play with the kids while traveling in the car. I remember playing a few of these games when my kids were small.

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  20. The license plate game has always been my favorite. Car trip games help a lot especially with long ride and it's smart to slip in a little education!

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  21. I'll have to try these games the next time we're traveling. The kids always like to play the A, B, C, game but that can be boring after the 4th time lol.

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  22. These are great ideas of games to play in the car with kids, I am sure bored kids in the car can be quite the distraction. I think these are some easy ways to entertain them!

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  23. Great ideas. There are some songs by Kathy Troxel - state songs that I used and they worked great to help my girls.

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  24. These are fun games. We like to play the license plate game and I Spy. I Spy can go on for a while!

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  25. I remember playing these simple, but fun games whenever we went on road trips! We've tried to play eye-spy with the kids but it's too difficult, for obvious reasons!

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  26. Sounds like some great ideas! We don't have a car or drive so we get to do fun stuff like this but our next road trip I'll have to remember these games! - Jeanine

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  27. We used to play all of these games with my kids when they were younger. It can definitely make long road trips more tolerable and is a great learning game.

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  28. Car games are great for passing the time. We love to take notice of license plates from other states. Here in Colorado, there are a lot of them. When I was a kid my mom and I would play A My Name Is...

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  29. These are fun games to play in the car and I remember playing the license plate game when I was young. We still play it when on road trips because it helps break up the monotony of the drive.

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  30. Thank you for sharing this. Riding in the car with 5 kiddos can get really crazy so these games will help a lot.

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  31. Those are some really fun games to play especially on long trips! My kids and I have a game we always play in the car. Its called would you rather. Funny game the kids made up.

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  32. These are fantastic games! During the week there are some days when we spend a great deal of time in the car as we travel for business and games like this would be such a lifesaver. I’ve been trying to think of new ways to introduce more learning into our fun. LOVE the license plate game to teach my little one about other states. THANK YOU!

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  33. These are all great games for the kids in the car. I remember when we would go every year to visit my grandparents in Ohio and we would play games in the car like the licensees plate game. Thank for sharing the games.

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  34. I have always loved and played the license plate game! SO much fun for all ages, that's the best part! Road trips definitely can be tough, but so worth it in most cases!

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  35. It's a great idea, especially when traveling with kids. Thanks for sharing.

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