Tips to keep your kids entertained in the car
Toyota invited Mumsnetters to submit their best tips for keeping their kids entertanied during long car journeys, as part of a competition to win one of 100 family cinema tickets. Here are some of the best submissions.
15 minute rule
Every quarter of an hour play a quick game such as 'I spy' or count the red cars for three minutes. Playing quick games every 15 minutes stops children saying 'I'm bored' or 'Are we nearly there yet?' spaghettitwo
We print out a sheet of 'tickets' for each journey, then split the total distance into chunks, eg. 30 mile segments. We dole out tickets to each child (enough to cover the whole journey) then when each 30 miles has passed we shout, "DING DING DING TICKETS PLEASE!!!" and they have to hand over a ticket. Works really well and prevents them asking 'how much further' all the time. hairtwidder
We play a game where a three word sentence has to be made from the last three letters on car number plates. The sentence has to make sense and the funniest wins each round. cattyhaxby
The story game
We play a story game. One person starts the story, and then each person adds another few lines. It is a great way for my children to use their imagination and practice using their "wow words". SandWitch
Our car has an ipod connector so I before we set off I ask my boys what books they would like to listen to and they choose some for me to download. It really keeps them entertained as well as me and my husband. Some children's books are brilliant, so entertaining and funny! silverlace
We sing and pretend to be X-factor judges, giving our opinions and marks out of 10 for each of our performances. This really keeps the kids engaged as they see it as a competition and really get involved and try their best to impress us.
We also pretend to be on programmes like Come Dine With Me and invent three-course meals that we would cook, explaining how we'd make and present them. Sukey
My children love to play Teacher's Register. To start, one child pretends they are a teacher taking the class register. They start by thinking of any child's name and the child pretending to be the teacher starts the roll call, eg. "Good morning Ruby".
The other children take it in turns to reply, and their response must include a surname relating to something chosen by the teacher', eg. colours/animals etc. It must match the first letter of the first name.
The teacher sets the topic at the beginning of the game, ie if the topic was 'colours', the first child could reply: 'Ruby Red is here'. Ten seconds are allowed to think of a response. If this isn't done in time, or the response is incorrect, the teacher wins the game. However, where 10 correct consecutive responses are given, the child wins the game.
If more than two players, anyone who gives an incorrect response or is out of time, drops out until a winner is determined. susie2cute
What Am I?
Our favourite car journey game is What Am I. One person thinks of an object or living thing and the others have 20 yes or no questions to find out what they are. If someone guesses they win and start the next round, if not the first person wins and chooses again. Stripycat
I Packed My Suitcase
The I Packed My Suitcase game is great for long journeys. The first player thinks of a word beginning with the letter A. They then say, for example: "I packed my suitcase with aftersun". The next player repeats the sentence and adds something beginning with B, like: "I packed my suitcase with aftersun and a ball". This continues until Z or until no one can remember the other items. stephgr
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