Family Interaction Game # 1. “I Spy” – with variations
No road trip would be complete without one (many) “I Spy” games.
It works well for young children in particular. Take turns looking for something the other players need to guess correctly. You start your turn by saying “I am spying with my little eye on something that begins with a (letter) _____”. The other player tries to guess it from the surrounding objects or the countryside. The person who guesses correctly gets the next turn.
Variations. How about spying with my little eye on something with a color of _______, or I spying with my little eye on something that is associated with _______ e.g. flying (bird, plane), milking, plowing, riding (horse, bike, car, etc.)
Family interaction games # 2. Geography game
It is a great game for players (young and old) to improve their knowledge of the world.
The first player thinks of a place or a country (say London). The next player must think of a place, town or city with the last letter of the previous place mentioned. In this case it would be N, (for Naples), being the last letter from London, and so on. The game continues until someone is puzzled and cannot think of a suitable location. Each location, town or city can only be used once.
Family interaction games # 3. When I was young / When you were born
From experience, children love to hear about 2 things in particular: when they were born and when their parents were young, like them.
The game is started by one or both parents telling stories from their childhood and the events surrounding the birth of children. Tales about parents’ education, how they got to school, distance to school, and favorite / worst teachers.
Hospital dashboard related birth events, first impressions at birth, some major character traits, and first words are all great conversation starters.
Family Interaction Games # 4. Math – License Plate Bingo
Good game for learning number recognition skills.
Each player lists the numbers 1 to 50. Then they have to look for these numbers on the license plates. Whoever completes their list first is the winner. To make this game run a little longer, only license plates of a certain condition or color can be used.
Family interaction games # 5. My best, my scariest, my best …
Each child (and parents) try to remember a certain event in their life (or their imagination) from the choices below or to make your own: (each choice represents 1 turn). The players agree on the type of event before each round.
My scariest moment My best moment My favorite vacation My most stressful event
Each player then recounts the event of his life (real or imaginary). After each round, family members vote on which story is the best, based on originality and graphic detail. The one with the most votes wins the round. The one with the most winning spins after 5 spins wins.
Family interaction games # 6. Maths – Finding numbers
Each player (children and adults included) lists 1 to 100 in a column and the winner is the first player who finds all the numbers on the list by finding the number words or symbols on advertisements, road signs and signs distance. Write down each occurrence against your list item as you find it.
Family Interaction Games # 7. Reversii Car Make / Model
It will make the whole car laugh … guaranteed! If you see a Cadillac Eldorado (for example) walking past the players, try to quickly say the make and model written BACK. So for this example the kids would try saying “Callidac” (Cadillac spelled backwards) and the pronunciation would be something like Call-i-dac.
Then for the model Odarodle (Eldorado spelled backwards) they would try to say O-dar-odle. Once people try to say these words quickly, while other cars are passing quickly, it quickly turns into a real laugh … you will remember this game for years to come. (I don’t know of anyone else who has played this game outside of our family – so you can tell it’s exclusive.)
I sincerely hope that these games will help the whole family to have a good vacation …