With the age of technology firmly upon us, there seems to be plenty to keep children
occupied while taking a road trip. Cars have DVD players for movies. Many kids have IPads and Leap Frog games. If you want to spend a bit of time with your kids without technology, however, what are some things you can do?
Look for License Tags: As other cars drive by, check for the states or even countries where the license tags were issued. Make it a game of who can find the most tags from different places. We once drove nearly fifty miles without seeing a single tag from our own home state.
The ABC Game: There are several variations on this, but most have this in common: The first person starts with the letter “A” and states an “A” name, place, and item to sell. For example: My name is Annie. I’m from Alabama. I sell apples. The next person takes “B” and so on from there. You could add categories, such as where I work or what I like to do (taking “A” again, I work at Avon. I like to add).
Make up parodies to popular songs: Much like Weird Al does, these can be hilarious. Take a favorite song and alter it based around a certain theme. We all know how “Beat it” became “Eat It” and “Blurred Lines” became “Word Crimes.” Try it with a song that both you and your children know. For younger children, “Row, row, row your boat” could be something like “dig, dig, dig your moat.” For older children, “Sweet dreams are made of these” could become “My dreams are made of cheese, who am I to dis a brie?”
I Spy: This classic favorite can be a challenge in a moving vehicle. Make sure that whatever it is that’s “spied” is something that can be seen for a few minutes or seen again. For example: “I spy something green” can be anything from the grass along the pavement to the road.
Debate: This is usually better for older children. Present a topic and let your kids debate on it with you. Someone take the “for” side and someone take the “against” side. Use topics that are relevant to them. Should schools have uniforms? Do all children need to take Physical Education? Is banning fast food a way to keep people from being overweight? Your children’s views, opinions, and insight may surprise you.
There’s also the old standby of conversation. My best talks with my children have been during road trips or when a storm has knocked out the electricity. Spending time together without technology can be a wonderful thing!