Are we there yet? Keep the kids entertained and distracted while playing this wonderful homemade activity! All you need is a tissue box to decorate. Then, ask your child to name some of the things he thinks he will see on the trip. Have him write these down on slips of paper and put them in the tissue box. On the day of the trip, each child pulls out a strip of paper and must look for that item. When they spot it, they get a point. The winner is the child with the most points at the end of the game.
Depending on your child's age, this game can be great for reading practice, color recognition and creativity. An active brain is the best way to counteract a dull car ride!
What You Do:
- Have your child help you wrap a tissue box with wrapping paper turned inside out, so the white part or plain side is on the outside and ready to decorate.
- Have your child paint, color or sticker the wrapped tissue box. If your child would like to paint, make sure to lay out some newspaper first!
- Decide what kinds of things your game will include. What will you see on the trip? Mix it up by putting some common things in with some things that might be a little harder to find.
- Have your child write or draw the "things" on small slips of paper.
- Place your strips or squares into the tissue box.
- Have it handy by the door the day you leave so it won’t be forgotten!
This also works well using colors with younger children. Simply cut out some squares and have your child color each square a different color and put it in the tissue box. On the day of the trip, he must look for items that are the color he draws out of the box. Try it with shapes, too! If your child pulls out a rectangle, he can look for rectangular things like buildings or signs.