Our Marketing team have put together a great list of 25 ways to keep the family entertained en-route to your campsite.
Have some fun with the family while you are travelling to your campsite – play a game or two and you will be surprised how the time will go by much quicker.
Try telling a story about going to the zoo and seeing animals – the catch is, the name of every animal you mention has to start with the letter at the end of the animal before it.
• Start with I went to the zoo and I saw a zebra and a..
• Then, think of the name of an animal that starts with the last letter i.e. anteater
• So, it will continue to go like this I went to the zoo and I saw a zebra and an anteater….
• Try not to repeat the name of any animal that you’ve said before
2. Telling tales
Look out of the window and make up a story based on what you see.
• You could start your story by describing the weather and where you are.
• You could include the people you see as characters – where are they going or what are they doing?
• As well as talking about the things that you can see, you can also add one thing that you can’t see to your story.
• For example, you could add a Prince to your story.
• What happens next? Does someone want to capture the Prince or is he horrible and mean to his people.
3. Arms and legs
• How many arms and legs can you spot through the window?
• You can count a person’s arms and legs or an animals or a table, or pictures on a billboard
• For example, I can see four legs on a horse in the meadow
4. What’s my job?
One person thinks of a job, such as being a sailor, policeman or nurse. You have to guess what they’re thinking of.
• To give clues, they should describe what the job is but without using any words that are closely linked to the job.
• For example, if someone is thinking of a nurse they can’t use words such as hospital or medicine.
• Instead, they could say I try to make people feel better.
• If you guess correctly, it’s your turn to describe another job
5. Looking for letters
Pick a word with four or more letters. Can you spot all of the letters on signs or posters etc?
• Try to spot the letters in order to make it easier to keep track of which letters you’ve spotted.
• For example, if you pick the word golf, and then you go past a pub sign called the Golden Fleece, you can start looking for the next letter.
• You could take turns to spot the letters of a word, or you could each pick your own word.
6. Animal Spotting
Animals are everywhere – in fields, on the coast and even in towns and villages. See how many you can spot.
• If you’re in the countryside, how many farm animals can you spot? Look for wild animals such as rabbits or deer, too.
• If you’re driving through a city or town, how many dogs and cats can you spot?
• At night, look out for the shining eyes of animals, reflecting the headlights.
• Don’t forget to look up birds. What types can you spot?
7. Name that tune?
• Think of a theme tune from a movie or TV show and hum it out loud.
• Can anyone guess what it is?
• If no one can guess it at first, hum it again and give simple clues about the movie or programme.
8. Looking up
What’s the tallest or the highest thing that you can see when you look out of the window?
• If you’re on a road in the middle of nowhere, a tractor might be the tallest thing you can see at first. But, you might go under a bridge.
• You could challenge any other passenger to spot something taller or higher than you’ve seen.
• If you’re in a town or city, who can spot the tallest building?
9. How many wheels?
Most cars on the road have four wheels, but how many cars or other vehicles can you spot with more or less than four?
• Look out for bicycles, motorcycles and trucks.
• Can you spot any cars or bicycles with three wheels?
Can you spot things in every shade of the rainbow in the correct order?
• The order is red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. (As indigo and violet are hard to identify use purple).
• Start by looking for something red. Perhaps you can spot a red bus, or post-box.
• Then, move on to something orange
11. Yes and No
Can you answer questions without saying yes or no?
• Take turns with someone else to ask questions that would normally be answered with yes or no, such as are you going on holiday?
• If someone asks you that, you could reply with something like I am or that’s right
• If you say yes then you’re out. Nodding or shaking your head isn’t allowed.
• Take turns to ask the questions
12. Chain reaction
• Try making a face. You could raise your eyebrows, stick out your tongue or anything you feel like doing.
• Then, get another person to repeat your action and add a new one of their own. It does not have to be just making a face. You could do things such as pat your stomach.
• Take turns to repeat the actions in order and add a new one.
• If someone forgets the chain of actions, start again. How long can you keep it going before you forget what comes next?
13. Tongue twisters
Read the tongue twisters below to yourself. Then, try to say them as fast as you can, out loud, without making a mistake.
• Red lorry, yellow lorry, red lorry, yellow lorry.
• She sells seashells by the seashore,
The shells she sells are surely seashells.
So, if she sells shells on the seashore,
I’m sure she sells seashore shells.
• How much wood would a woodchuck chuck,
If a woodchuck could chuck wood?
He would chuck, he would, as much as he could,
And chuck as much as a woodchuck would.
If a woodchuck could chuck wood.
• Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
Did Peter Piper pick a peck of pickled peppers?
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
Where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?
To do a good impression of someone else, you need to think about what their voice sounds like and the things they talk about.
• Do they have a low voice or a high voice?
• What type of things do they say?
• Do they have a catchphrase or a topic that they talk about a lot?
• Try pretending to be someone that other people would know. They could be a real person or a character in a TV show, book or movie
15. Odds and evens
How many odd numbers or even numbers can you spot on car number plates or road signs?
• Try spotting odd numbers up to 19, and then look for even numbers up to 20. Say them aloud as you spot them.
16. Sun, Sky, Cloud
Words can often make you think of other words. If someone says the word sun, you might think of the sky. Or if you say rainbow, you might thing of clouds.
• Try to say a series of words, where every word relates to the one before.
• So, for example, if you think of the word sun first, the next word could be moon but you could say sky, yellow, rain.
• How long can you keep going without pausing?
17. Secret spies
If you are in slow moving traffic, you have the perfect opportunity to try out your spying skills.
• Imagine that you are a spy and your spymaster has ordered you to spy on the people in the cars around you.
• Peer at people in the cars close by and pick a person to spy on.
• Invent details about the person based on things that you can see, such as their clothes.
• For example, if you are looking at a lady wearing a hat, perhaps she is a Princess
• If your target sees you looking, then you must look away so they don’t suspect that you are spying on them. Then, move on to a new target.
18. Test your observation skills
When you look out of the window, can you spot people doing all the things on this list?
• Riding a horse
• Walking a dog
• Carrying shopping
• Eating an ice-cream
• Carrying an umbrella
• Pushing a pram
• Wearing a hat
• Riding a bicycle
Try to spot one of each thing on the list before the end of the journey. You could add additional items to the list and ask the others to look for them.
19. Quick alphabet game
• Try to think of a word as quickly as you can beginning with every letter of the alphabet and say them out load… ant, bicycle, carrot…
• Now, try something harder. Think of a category, such as countries, food, names, animal, and see if you can think of a word for every letter again … Alice, Boris, Carol…
• You could also see how many words you can think of that start with the same letter in a particular category. For example, how many games or sports can you name that begin with the letter F?
20. Man, woman, child
When you look out of the window, try to spot:
• A man wearing a grey coat
• A woman walking a dog
• A child riding a red bicycle
• A man wearing a hat or scarf
• A woman wearing sunglasses
• A child wearing a blue top
You could add other men, women or children to the list.
21. Guessing game
Can you guess what someone else is thinking about in twenty questions?
• Get someone to think of an object, a place or a person and give you a clue.
• For example, if they thought of an ice-cream, they could say you eat it.
• Ask them questions about the object, they can only give a yes or no as the answer.
• When you think you have an idea of what they’re thinking about, then say your answer.
• If you guess wrong or if you can’t guess within the twenty questions, then they have won the game.
22. Car bingo
How many cars or other vehicles can you spot of a particular colour or type?
• You could look for blue cars or Ford vans
• To play, see who can spot one of the chosen types of vehicle first. When someone spots one, they call out Bingo.
• You could race the other person to spot a certain number of their cars. Shout out One bingo, two bingo, three bingo and so on, to keep count.
23. Reverse I Spy
You’ve probably played ‘I spy’before. So, why not try the opposite?
• Look all around you – out of the window and inside the car.
• Then, think of something that you can’t see anywhere, such as a giraffe.
• Give the other passengers clues about the thing that you can’t see.
• Start with I don’t spy with my little eye… then give two clues: the type of thing it is and its first letter. So, for giraffe say.. an animal beginning with G.
• If the thing you can’t see is still a mystery after a lot of guesses, tell the answer.
• Then, someone else takes a turn to think of something they can’t see.
24. Pub cricket
Pubs are everywhere as you travel through towns and villages, so look out for the name of each one and see if you can win some cricket runs as you travel along.
• Look at the name of the pub sign, count the number of legs the name has, for example if it’s the Queen’s Head – then you get two runs for the two legs the Queen has or six runs for the Horse & Jockey.
• You carry on getting runs until you come to a pub name without any legs i.e. The Oak and then play passes to the next passenger.
• To become the winner, you can either put a time limit on the game or agree a top score to be achieved.
25. Car Snap
Try to spot pairs of cars or other vehicles, such as buses, lorries or vans.
• For an easy game, look for two cars that are the same colour, such as two blue cars.
• For a harder game, try to spot two vehicles that are the same type and colour, such as two white vans and so on.
• For an even harder game, try to spot two vehicles that are the same type, colour and model, like, two silver Ford Focus.