My parents love a good road trip. Traveling in the car to new places is all part of the fun for them. Growing up I can remember taking day long car rides just to look at the fall foliage, search for the best Christmas light display or simply see where we ended up.
With three kids of my own I have no idea why they would voluntarily sign up for such a thing with two kids but they loved it. Not to mention there were no cell phones, iPads, game systems and certainly not televisions in the car to keep us entertained. At best we had crayons and coloring books but mostly it was just the four of us.
To keep myself from sounding too old, gaming systems were around but we weren’t into that sort of thing at the time. So for us road trips consisted of I spy games, the alphabet game and even some sing along songs which I detested at the time. The game I want to share with you today though is called what’s in your box? It is an educational game for road trips with kids. I am pretty sure one of my parents invented this game to keep us from asking, “Are we there yet” for the 100th time. It apparently worked and I find myself playing this game with my kids today. There are many board games with the same concept but you only need your imagination to play “What’s in your box”? No materials needed.
Although I made fun of this game for many years as a kid (secretly I loved it), as a parent I love it even more. What feels like just a silly game to keep the kids occupied on a long road trip is actually a very educational game. It is a wonderful tool to enhance their creative thinking and an awesome way to cultivate their ability to use deductive reasoning. Now hang in there with me as I attempt to explain this game. It will be worth it I promise.
The first step is for someone (I call this person the creator) to choose what they will put in their imaginary box. It can be anything from a movie character, favorite food, place, any object or person. The other players may only ask questions that require a yes or no answer. From the creators’ answers players may guess what is in their box. The player with the correct answer becomes the next creator or you can take turns being the creator.
Here’s a fun example.
I have something in my box.
Is it alive? Yes.
Is it on television? Yes.
Is it a girl? No.
Is he a prince? No.
Is he human? No.
Is he a type of animal? Yes.
Does he live on land? Yes.
Does he talk? Yes.
Is he a mouse? Yes.
Is it Mickey Mouse? Yes!
As you begin, you will have to teach your kids what questions to ask. Explain what questions to ask first and why you choose a specific question based on the previous answer. For example, you know he is not human so using your next question try to find out what he is. Where does he live? What does he eat? Is he real? And so on. With some consistency, kids catch on much quicker than we realize. My 6 year old absolutely loves this game and is pretty good at it too!
This has become an official car game for us. Try it out and let me know how you guys like it! What tips do you use to keep your kids occupied on long road trips? Even with the iPads and movies kids still become restless in the car and it is good to use this time to connect and make some memories too. When it is iPad time you can check out these 10 awesome apps for kids. Make every moment count! Looking forward to hearing from you!
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