Tame Your Little Monsters with 'The Car Treasure Trail' Game!
As part of our '15 Games to Entertain Kids on Long Car Journeys' series to help you survive an upcoming trip in one piece, working with our friends at Visit Cornwall, we have created a great free downloadable observation game for children aged 5 and up.
In a nutshell:
A bit like 'Blockbusters' but with cars! On the game sheet, colour in the cars in advance of your journey. Each time you spot a car of that colour you can work your way around the streets of Cornwall to reach the finish before anyone else.
This will stop you getting asked "are we nearly there yet?" for...
About 30 minutes (depending on what sort of road you are on!)
LOL factor: Medium. Excitement starts to build towards the end! Required Mensa levels Very easy this one. Anyone aged 5 - 105 will be able to enjoy The Car Treasure Trail.
Before you set off on your journey, download and print off a game sheet for each player. Start off by colouring in all of the cars on your sheet with the first car at the start being the colour of your own car. The rest of the cars can be coloured in any way you want, except that no more than 4 cars can be of the same colour.
Once all of the players have coloured in their sheets, the game can commence. The aim is to be the first person to get to the finish, by moving from car to car from the start to the finish. You can only move one car at a time and you can only move when you see a real car of the same colour on your sheet.
You can choose to go along any route but once you follow a certain road, you cannot turn back. You can only go forwards by seeing a real car of the colour that is next on your sheet. Players mark their progress by drawing a line from car to car. The winner is the first one to reach the finish.
Tips and variants:
- Print off more sheets to play more than one game, or have each player point at where they are along their route so you can re-use the same sheets.
- Instead of allowing free play whereby players can see as many cars as they want until someone reaches the finish, structure the game more by getting the players to take it in turns and have one or two minutes to see a car of the colour they need. If they don’t see a car in their time allocation, it is the next player’s turn.
- If you are on a motorway then play the game with cars you overtake, or cars that overtake you.