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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.

The Perfect Pre-School Treasure Hunt – ‘The Bottle of Treasure’

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 tried out the fantastic treasure hunt in a bottle game for pre-school children. This isn't just a travel game but is also a fantastic thing to do at home.

In a nutshell:

Fill an empty plastic bottle with sand or rice and a number of items, letters or anything else you want to base a treasure hunt around. Different challenges can be set for hours of entertainment.

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

Anything from 5 minutes to 5 hours! This can be picked up and put down again with different challenges being set. This isn’t just great for car journeys, any time you want to keep a little one entertained ‘The Bottle of Treasure’ will come in handy.

LOL factor:

Low – less giggles, more concentration and excitement when things are found!

Required Mensa levels

This is really easy. Even a one year old will enjoy looking at the different items. Perfect age would be 3-6 years.

Entertain 4 Year Old - Treasure in a Bottle - perfect game for pre-school kids

Instructions

First you need to construct your ‘Bottle of Treasure’ (which in itself is a lot of fun!)

Half-fill a large dry and empty clear plastic bottle with colourful sand or rice. Drop in about 10 to 20 small but identifiable objects like buttons, paper clips, etc. into the bottle (make sure you create a list of everything you put in). Top up the bottle with more sand or rice then secure the lid with tape and shake the bottle until the objects are well dispersed throughout the sand or rice.

When you need some peace and quiet, give the ‘Bottle of Treasure’ to your children and challenge them to find all the hidden objects by shaking and shifting the sand around in the bottle.

Tips and variants:

  • Set the parameters of the challenge by either asking them to find and name all of the items in the bottle or give them the list of items, with one red herring added, and ask them to tell you which one is not in the bottle. 
  • You could also play I-Spy with the bottle and challenge them to find certain items beginning with a particular letter.
  • Instead of objects, put letters into the bottle and challenge them to find the letters in order spell out their name (or the destination of your journey).

8th July 2016

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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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