As I mentioned before we are embarking on a long road trip with the family this summer. We've done lots of shorter trips but nothing over 5 hours. In the car my kids love to play the traditional car games of the past - the licence plate game, the picnic game, hangman, etc.
I wanted to create a re-usable template for these games to save paper and allow them to play over and over (and over) on the journey to and from our destination. I made 3 of my own games.
To make the games re-usable, I purchased Self-Adhesive Laminating Sheets from the dollar store and put my Hangman and Tic-Tac-Toe games back to back so that both games would be laminated together. It was as simple as placing the pages, peeling off the adhesive protector and smoothing out the bubbles.
I then punched 3 holes down the side (optional) so that they would fit into my car trip binder that I prepared for the kids.
While at the dollar store I picked up dry-erase markers with erasers built into the caps. The kids will be able to use these over and over along the way.
I saw an idea for a portable baseball game made from an Altoids tin at Plaid. Not having an adequate tin or finding cute baseball paper on my shopping escapades I decided to embark on creating a travel baseball game of my own.
Download free Baseball PDF here.
- Post-it Flags or other sticky pieces of paper in 2 different colours for game pieces
- Printout of Game Board (free PDF above)
- Dry erase marker
- Print off a copy of the PDF
- Cut out squares of paper the same size as one side of the dice. Glue them to the dice and once dry, write "S", "D", "T", "H", "O", "S" on a side.
- Stick 5 Post-it flags to beside each side of the scoreboard. These are your players.
* If you don't have time to cover your dice, simply use the following rules:
1 = single, 2 = double, 3 = triple, 4 = home run, 5 = single, 6= out
- Roll the dice and follow the letters instructions.
- "S" = single - move to first base
- "D" = double - move to second base
- "T” = triple - move to third base
- "H" = home run - move all the way around the bases to home
- "O" = out
When you get 3 outs, you’re team is out and it is the next team’s turn.
Keep score of each player that comes 'home' and write the score on the scoreboard.
Play until you have played 9 innings (or your little one is tired).
Download free Hangman PDF here.
I created the template with a space between the gallows and the alphabet to leave room for the kids to draw their lines for the words. I included the alphabet at the bottom so that they can cross off the letters as we guess them as no one can ever remember what has already been guessed. I also thought we could use the letters for other games such as "I spy".
Download free Tic Tac Toe PDF here.
No real explanation needed here. I created 9 on a sheet to allow the kids to continue playing for a while before having to erase and start all over again.
Hopefully they're a hit for my family and yours!