Car Games, Car Songs, Old Fashioned Car Fun

eaglesQuit texting, facebooking, surfing the net in the car.  Put away those video games and tablets!  The world is rolling by, in all its glory.

And the beautiful scenery around southwest Washington can take your breath away, no matter how many times you see it.

So, kids of all ages, why not have some fun with it?

Easy Car Games

“I Spy”

What could be better than “I Spy”?  The faster the car is moving, the higher the skill level!i spy 2

As an indoor game you start off with “I spy with my little eye” — but who has time to spit that out in a moving car, when the object will be quickly gone from view?

This guessing game was preceded by an 18th century British game called Hy Spy–a twist on Hide and Seek.  The “History and antiquities of the town and county of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 1789” stated:  I spye is the  usual exclamation at a childish game called, ‘Hie, spy, hie.’

So hie, spy or I spy…it’s all easy.   One player is the spy.  The spy sees something out the window (or in the car, during long stretches) and says, “I spy something….” and gives an adjective.  The others try to guess.   You’d better make it easy if the object will be behind you in a few seconds.

That’s it.   Either the eventual winner becomes the next spy–or if you have little kids playing, you’d better give them a turn, or they’ll mope.

“Alphabet and Numbers”

You can play this with road signs, bumper stickers, license plates, anything.aberdeen sign

Just start with “one” and “A.”  Go in order.  It’s up to you if you feel like starting over with “one” after hitting “nine”– or whether you want to venture into the teens and beyond.  And good luck with “Q” and “Z.”

“License Plates”

Work it however you want.  Identify states, specialty plates, vanity plates, numbers, you name it.

Hey, old timers….remember getting brand new license plates every year?  Instead of those little sticky tabs?license plate


Lots of alpacas to count in south Thurston County!
Lots of alpacas to count in south Thurston County!

Yup, that’s all there is to it.  Come up with something to count, and a goal.   “Count twenty cows.”  “Count forty alpacas.”  In south Thurston County, that can happen really quickly.

Car Songs –

This requires taking off headphones and coordinating with others.   But well worth it.

“Ninety-nine bottles” – in case you don’t know it (or somehow forgot), here it is:


Or how about this rowsing number!

Roll on, and have some old fashioned fun!

What are your favorite car games?  Let us know.

-Melissa Genson

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