We left Saturday for our vacation to Ocean City, Maryland. We chose there because we can handle the short three and a half hours in a car with the kids without too much stress. You have the initial 30 minutes of them being good because of the excitement of the trip and looking at maps and such, and at the end is another 30 minutes of us ‘almost being there’ where they are relatively good. So it left us with basically two hours to fill with games to avoid the general bickering and unrest that goes along with strapping three children into a seat and expecting them to sit still and be quiet for several hours.
One of our favorite games is carride bingo because not only is it fun but we do not have to remember to bring any special game things to play it. All we need is a piece of paper and pen. We draw a grid with 5 blocks across and down then fill in different things for the kids to find. Police car, cow, 55 mph sign, Florida license plate, etc. They have two chances to win. First, whoever gets bingo across, down or diagonal, and then the second winner is whoever crosses out the whole card first. Generally they have similar things to find with only 5 or 6 that are totally different in case some things are harder to find than others (that can turn into an issue…trust me). Granted it is not a perfect game in that they still do some talking and fighting; “that wasn’t a blue truck, it was teal”, but it keeps them relatively quiet and occupied for about an hour. The other hour of our car ride we just gave them food….and that always keeps them quiet. All in all it was an uneventful car ride and a good start to our trip.