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Games For Kids

So you're about to undertake a long car trip with the family.Kids are not usually known for their patience and a long journey can turn into a parental nightmare.So here's a few games to keep the kids occupied.

Animal Poker

Games that kids to focus outside the car teach them about their enviroment,and also help to fend off  motion sickness.This is a simple game.Each animal is allocated  points.The kids look for animals on their side of the road.The first player to reach 100 wins,but if you pass a graveyard all the points are "buried" and you go back to zero.Pictures of animals dont count.

 Single Sheep  5 points

Flock of sheep

 10 points
Single cow 5 points
Herd of cows 10 points
Horse 5 points
White horse 20 points
Dog 10 points
Rabbit 15 points
Cat 15 points
Cat in a window 20 points
Deer 20 points
A Goat 20 points
A crow on a cow 20 points

King of the road.

Similar to animal poker,this game can be played in cities,as well on country car rides.Search for the vehicles; add up the points,and the first to 100 wins.

Truck  1 point
Bus  5 points
Bicycle  5 points
Motorcycle  5 points
Tractor  5 points
Tow Truck  10 points
Ambulance  15 points
Ambulance with lights on  20 points

 25 points

Garda Car  15 points
Garda Car with lights on.  20 points

If your car gets pulled over by the police,everyone loses all their points.

Number plate scrabble

When you pass a car ,make a word using the letters on the cars number plate.You can put letters before ,between and after the letters,but you cant change the order of the letters.For example,SFT could become "safety" but not "fast" .

Location location

The first player spots a place name and say it aloud.The second player has to search for a place name beginning with the last letter of the first one.For example,the first player may see" Victoria " on a number plate.The second person may see a road sign with Ararat written on it,and calls it out.The third player has to find a place name starting with " T " and so on.

Ghost Words

This is a greatgame for older kids,and for times when its dark outside.

The game begins with a player saying the first letter of a word they have in their mind.They do not say the whole word.The second player then adds a letter,with a mystery word in their mind thatbegins with those two letters.Each player adds a letter in turn,all with an unspoken word in their head beginning with those letters.

Players are allowed ,but be warned! If you dont have a word in mind and another player challenges you,you'll drop out of the round.Challenges must be made before a new letter is added.

You'll also be excluded from the round if:

  • You complete a word with the letter that you add.
  • You cant add another letter

The winner is the last person left after all the other players have dropped out.

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Road Safety Officer
Mayo County Council
Aras an Chontae
The Mall
Co. Mayo
Phone: 094 9047115
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