Are We Nearly There Yet? Part 2

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Hi, thanks for coming back!  We’ve got more ideas for games which can be played in the car on long holiday journeys.  Please let us know what you think and if you’ve had successful trips using these ideas – we always like to hear from you!

Nosy Neighbours

Traffic jams – we all get stuck in them. And there’s no situation more likely to make the kids restless.

So try this little game of nosy neighbours on for size.

It’s simple – everyone chooses a window and takes a quick peek at the person in the car nearest to them. Then it’s up to you to decide what sort of person they are.

Choose a name, give them a voice, pick a job – and if you’ve got time decide where you think they’ve been or what their favourite meal is.

And for extra fun make the whole game a secret spy mission. Tell your kids that the aim is not to be seen looking by their chosen target. If they do their turn is over.

Yellow car

A simple one for little ones and another family favourite of ours. First to spot a yellow car wins (and it doesn’t count if you’re in one). For longer journeys, keep the count going and take team scores.

Phone box, pillar box, post box

This is a good one when gradually getting lost in small British towns and English country lanes. Two points awarded for every phone box spotted, three points for a pillar box and five points for a post box. Bonus point for the older postboxes built into tumbledown stone walls (spotting a postman in action emptying a box wins the game hands down).

Spot the Eddie Stobart

A UK motorway trip is not complete without a few of these bright red and green haulage trucks. You can either award points on a basic first-to-spot-the-van basis, or, using the personal names on the front, write down each name you spot. First to 5 different names wins.

Are We Nearly There Yet? Part 1

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Kids hate travelling for long distances in cars – fact!  So with the Spring Bank holidays fast approaching and plans for trip and travel possibly on the cards for your family, we thought we’d offer you some inspiration for games which can be played in the car which will keep little ones entertained for a little while at least!

Number Plate Game

This is a favourite of ours – and it’s easy for kids from about 5 upwards to play.  Mum or Dad tells everyone the last three letters of the car in front’s number plate and then you make an amusing saying or rhyme from them, so for instance, RGS becomes Red Giraffe Shouts or FEC becomes Find Every Cat.  Simple but the kids will find it amusing and it can become surprisingly competitive!

When I went Shopping

Another favourite of ours, this game is simple to play and is guaranteed to get the grey matter working.  Someone starts and says ‘When I went shopping, I bought’ and then adds whatever they like, say cheese for example.  The next player then says the same phrase, including the other item, and then add their item too.  Eventually (if you’re all good at it) you’ll end up with a long list of things to remember.  The first person to forget an item is the loser.

Car Bingo

This isn’t Bingo as you or I know it!  No pens or paper are required.

Everyone in the car picks a colour and then counts the number of cars that colour that drive past.  The first person to count 10 and to shout BINGO! is the winner.

Check back for more ideas tomorrow!

Spring Activities – Red Rover

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Hello again!  Hopefully the weather will be fine this weekend and enable you and your little people to get out and have some fun in the park or back garden.  I’m channeling an old-school vibe with this game which one that adults of a certain age will definitely remember from their younger days!

Red Rover:

Divide everyone into two teams, each forming a long line, holding hands, facing the other team.

The two teams should be around 20 or so feet apart. The teams take turn calling out, “Red Rover, Red Rover, let <insert child’s name> come over!” That child leaves their team’s line, runs as fast as they can toward the other line and tries to break through the held hands.

If they break through, they get to take someone back to their team.

If they don’t, they join the new team.

When a team only has one person left, that person tries to break through the other team. If they do not, then their team loses. If they do, they gain a player and play continues.

 

 

Spring Activities – Chicken in a Cup Experiment

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Learn about how sound boards work with this cool kids’ science project. Create fun sounds like a chicken clucking with this chicken sound-making experiment. They’ll laugh as they learn, so go ahead and try this science experiment today.

Number of players:

2+

What you need:

Plastic drinking cup

String (cotton or wool)

Small sponge

A nail

Scissors

Water

Activity:

Cut a 40cm length of string.

Punch a hole in the centre of the bottom of the cup with the nail.

Tie one end of the string to the centre of the paper clip.

Thread the other end of the string through the hole in the cup and pull it through until the paper clip is against the cup.

Tie the free end of the string around the small sponge.

Dampen the sponge with water.

Hold the cup upside down so that the string hangs down.

Squeeze the sponge around the string near the cup in short jerks. You should be able to hear a chicken clucking.

Notes

The vibrations created by the sponge jerking along the string are made audible by the cup which spreads and amplifies them.

This is the same way pianos and music boxes are able to generate sound.

You could draw a little chicken face and beak on your cup to give your creation some visual appeal!

Easter Craft Ideas: Easter Cones

Here is another craft idea! Our Easter cones! They’re easy to make and can be used to put an egg in special packaging and are great for hanging around the house for the kids to hunt down.

Here we’re going to tell you eggactly (sorry) how to make these eggcellent (I’ll stop now) little baskets. Remember not to put all your eggs in one basket though. Below we’ll show you how to make a rabbit and a chick basket.

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Skills Required:

Cutting
Gluing

Materials Needed:

Pink and yellow card (or in other colours if you have ideas of other baskets you’d like to make!)
2x pairs of googley eyes
Ribbon
Pen/Pencil
Something circular to draw round/Pair of compasses
Orange paper or felt
A small pom pom
Coloured tissue paper
A white piece of paper
Glue
Sticky tape
Scissors
A hole punch

Method:

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For the cone, take your piece of card and draw round something circular or use compasses to draw a circle. The bigger the circle, the bigger the cone you’ll make.

Cut out the circle, make a dot in the middle and carefully cut in a straight line from the edge of the circle to the middle point. Fold the paper round on itself to form the cone shape. The further you fold it round, the narrower your cone will be. Secure with sticky tape.

Take the hole punch and make two holes near the opening of the cone directly opposite each other. Thread the ribbon through the holes to make the handle and tie them securely.

Take the tissue paper and shred it into fine strips. Pack some into the opening of the cone. This will form a nice bed for the egg to sit on or look like the hair of the animal! Or the top of a carrot!

Glue to googley eyes on the opposite side of the cone that was taped in place.

For the chick, cut a triangle of orange card or felt pointing downwards below the eyes to form the beak. Then cut two ear shapes to glue to the side of the head. Be sure to leave a little extra tab of card so you can fold it over and use that to glue it on with.

For the rabbit, cut three long, thin strips of paper and glue them below the eyes to form the whiskers. They should be fanned out. Then glue the small pom pom where the strips of paper cross over in the middle to form the nose! Cut two long, rabbit ear shapes out of the same card you used to make the cone and glue to the inside of the cone. Use a pen to draw more detail onto the ears if desired.

You can make other eggceptional cones that look like carrots, lambs or whatever you can think of! Hang them up with their own little eggs in and they’ll look lovely!