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Have some free stuff on us! Here are some great family friendly ideas for free games and puzzles from Treasure Trails to keep you entertained when you’re not out doing a Trail.

Eyes Down, Look in – It’s Time for ‘I-Spy Car Bingo’!

As part of our '15 Games to Entertain Kids on Long Car Journeys' series to help you survive an upcoming trip in one piece, we have created a great free downloadable observation game for children aged 5-105 to play.

In a nutshell:

Spot items on a car journey to cross off bingo cards.

This will stop you getting asked "are we nearly there yet?" for...

About 30 minutes.

LOL factor:

Medium.

Required Mensa levels

Pretty easy this one. Anyone aged 5 - 105 will be able to enjoy I-Spy Car Bingo!

Travel Games for Kids - Ways to keep kids entertained on a car journey

Instructions

Once you have downloaded your I-Spy Bingo Cards grab some pens, read the below instructions and you are ready to go!

 
Rules

Instead of numbers, you will see that each Bingo Card contains names of things that you may see on your car journey. Each time you see one of these items you can put a cross in that square. All the cards are different, some items appear on every card, whilst others only appear on one card.

The first person to get a line of crosses (up, down, or diagonal) shouts "Bingo" and wins a small prize, or 1 point. The first person to cross all the items off their card shouts "House" and wins an even bigger prize, or 5 points.

When a player sees an item on their card, they must declare it to the other players by shouting "I-Spy a (name of item)", so that it can be verified by the others. Other players with that item on their card can't cross it off as they have to see the item themselves.

If two people call out at the exactly the same time for the same item, and it can't be determined who called out first, then that item does not count for either player and they have to spot it again.

Tips & Variants

  • Laminate the bingo sheets and use dry wipe pens that can be wiped off afterwards.
  • Get players to select their bingo cards randomly.
  • Create your own cards with items that are more suited to the area in which you are driving. We've included some blank bingo sheets for you to get creative.
  • If there are more than 4 players, use the extra blank sheets but try to make sure that you keep the difficulty level the same - no cheating now!
  • So - pens at the ready and we hope you enjoy playing I-Spy Car Bingo on your next car journey, hopefully on the way to your next Treasure Trail.

8th July 2016

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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.

Instructions

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.

8th July 2016

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