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Being stuck in traffic is part of a regular day in Cairo. But being stuck in traffic with kids is a whole other level. So, instead of having to answer 100 questions of “Are we there yet?” or having to give in to prolonged screen time, playing a game can be a great option. It can be a family bonding time that your children will enjoy and will also allow you to pass the time until you arrive at your destination.
The next time you find yourself stuck in traffic, here are a few games you can play with your kids in the car:
One person says sun, donut, ring, plate, etc. and the others have to guess the shape. It can be played the other way round, too. One person names a shape and everyone tries to guess as many objects as possible of that shape.
Each player takes turns spotting an object on the road and mentioning the letter it begins with by saying. “I spy with my little eye, something beginning with C.” The rest of the passengers take turns trying to guess what it is.
Finish the country
This game can be a lot of fun and can be played with the names of countries, animals, foods, or whatever you want. One person starts by saying a country such as ‘Egypt‘ and the next player has to state a country that starts with the last letter, the letter “T” such as ‘Turkey, and so on.
This guessing game can be great for road trips or when you have a long drive ahead. Players take turns in coming up with an object in their head, while the other players are allowed to ask only 20 questions to try and guess the answer. Questions can be like: “Is it an animal?”, “Can it be eaten?”, “Is it found at home?”
If you have children that are over 5 years old and will actually be able to focus, there are so many variations of this game that can keep the time running. There’s a supermarket version where one player starts by saying, “I went to the supermarket and I bought some eggs.” The next player will have to add something to that by repeating what they said first. So, they’d say, “I went to the supermarket and I bought some eggs and a loaf of bread.” The first player to slip up or forget to mention what a previous player bought loses.
The purpose of this game is to build upon each other’s stories one line at a time and get creative by thinking on the spot. Each player takes a go at adding one line to the story and twisting the sequence of events around.
Switch on the radio and try to guess what the song playing is. You can start by listening to 10 seconds of the song, then 5 seconds, and then only the intro. The player who guesses the song correctly wins.
Spot the car
Choose a car model and color and try to find it on the road. The first person who spots it gets to choose the next car model.
This is a great way to fine-tune your child’s spelling skills. Mention a word and have your children take turns spelling it out.
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