FAMILY GAMES

 

For Home or Traveling Days

The following are some very simple games that can be played while traveling in the car as a family.  They can also be enjoyed when you are sitting around together as a family or when you invite friends or extended family over.  They are simple, they don't cost money, but they provide interaction and participation – the best thing for making memories.  You may already play some of these together, but perhaps you will discover some new ones.

 

ROUND ROBIN STORY

Someone starts to make up a story and suddenly breaks off in the middle.  The next player in the game, without pausing has to continue the story from where the previous person left off.  Then, he/she too, stops and the next one takes up the tale.  The last player has to finish the story with an exciting finale.  The game is funniest if everyone lets his imagination go wild and the story becomes more and more ridiculous.

 

YOU DON'T SAY

Decide on a word no-one must say – a simple word like 'you' or 'I'.  Then start a conversation in which everyone tries to trick everyone else into saying the forbidden word.  Each time it is spoken the culprit loses a point.  The winner is the one who has the least points at the end of a pre-arranged time.

 

MY GRANDMOTHER WENT TO MARKET

One player starts by saying, 'My grandmother went to market and bought a pound of onions and a bag of lollipops.”  Each player adds something to the list after repeating what went before.  Anyone who can't repeat the complete list in the right order drops out and the winner is the last player left in the game.

 

ADD AN ACTION 

Someone starts with a simple action, eg. Clapping hands.  The next player copies, then adds one of his own.  The next player copies both, adding another.  Anyone missing an actions drops out of the game.  The winner is the one who remembers the whole sequence.

 

WHO AM I

While one person covers their ears, the rest of the passengers choose an identity for him – something easy for a younger child and more difficult for an older one.  The player with the new identity has to ask questions to try to find out who or what he is.  The answers can only be “yes” or “no” or “don't know” , so the questions have to be positive.  At the end of a time limit, the player has three chances to guess who he is.  He scores three points if he is right the first time, two if he is right on the second guess, one for the third time and none if he can't guess.

 

COUNTRIES AND CITIES OF THE WORLD

The first person starts by saying the name of a city or country.  The next person has to think of another city or country that starts with the last letter of the previous word.  For example, if they say Sydney for the first one, the next person must think of one starting with y.  This is a game that we always play together when traveling in the car. Ed.

 

ALPHABET RACE 

A game for two players or two teams.  One looks out one side of the car and the outher out the other side.  The object is to spot all the letters of the alphabet in order.  Letters on road signs, shop signs, advertisements and car number plates.  As soon a A is seen, the player calls it out and goes on to B.  The winning person or team is the one who reaches Z first.

 

I SPY WITH MY LITTLE EYE 

The fist player says, “I spy with my little eye something begging with D” (or whatever letter) the player chooses as object that they can see.  The first one to guess the object, then has their turn. This can be played anywhere and is also a good one for traveling.

 

INITIALS 

Each child looks out for objects that start with the same letter as his name.  The one who can find the most in a given time is the winner.

 

CONSTANTINOPLE

Equipment: pencils and paper.  Choose a long word then get each one to write down as many words as possible using letters from the long word.  Set a 10 – 15 minutes time limit.

 

I'M THINKING OF A WORD 

One player says, “I'm thinking of a word that rhymes with....flea.”  The others have to guess what it is within a time limit and the person who guesses correctly thinks of the next word.

 

CHOOSE A COLOUR 

Each person in the car decides on the colour of a car.  They then keep a watch for all oncoming cars.  The one who gets the most cars for the colour they have chosen is the winner.   Our children used to enjoy playing this when we traveled. Ed.

 

BLIND CROSSING

The driver selects an object a mile or two ahead, a petrol station or a tall tree and points it out to the other passengers.  Each child then has to close his eyes tightly and shout “now”when he thinks they are passing the object.

 

GUESS WHAT I SAW? 

Someone starts off by spotting something out of the window and then posing the question, “Guess what I saw?”  A few clues, such as size, colour or shape may be given, then everyone has to try and guess what it was within a pre-arranged time limit.  If the object isn't guessed, the same player has another turn.  If it is, the player who guessed the object then has a turn.

© Lues 2012