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Keeping Kids Entertained in the Car: 12 fun things to do with just pencil and paper

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When I was a kid, I had a blast going on road trips!  We would often spend days on the road, and us kids were always entertained.  Guess what?  We didn't have a DVD player in the car, we didn't have a game system (Gameboy, Sega, Nintendo DS, etc.)  We had to make up our own games and the time flew by. 

Included are 12 fun things that I used to do in the car to help the time go by, and a few variations.  All that's needed, is some paper and a pen/pencil.  Pencils vs Pens, pencils are much more kid friendly, mistake proof, and a lot less messy, however, for the case of this instructable, pens showed up much better in photos.
 
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Step 1: 1. Write Something!

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Whether it is a story or a poem, it is fun to write something!

You could start with a well-known story, book, movie that you all know?  What about Jack and the Beanstalk?  What if Jack were a girl, and the beanstalk was really made of donuts?  What kind of story would that be?  How would those things improve or hinder the story?

Why not come up with 3 similar things, like a princess, a candle, and a garage door opener and see what kind of stories you can come up with?

It is fun to share the stories with each other and see how different they both are.  Imaginations are great!

Limericks and Haiku poems are some of my favorite types of poetry!  When I was a kid, I would always try to come up with the best limerick or haiku! 

Haiku poems are simple non-rhyming poems, they are three lines, with 5 syllables on the first line, 7 on the second line, and 5 again on the third line.  They are a lot of fun. 

Limericks are a little harder, they need to be 8, 8, 7, 7, 8 and they need to rhyme in A A B B A pattern.  But they are also so much fun!
sniffrumble5 months ago

I love writing stories, I have a drawing notebook/ dream notebook. I love to read too.

I learned to do the third suggestion when I was young.

sheepbars7 months ago

I love writing stories, I have a drawing notebook/ dream notebook. I love to read too.

Good ideas, well presented. Thanks for sharing;)

chimplost10 months ago

Very helpfull!Me and my friends family is going on a 2 hour drive.Im so afraid i and my freind would get bored. ThXD

steveazhocar11 months ago
I love writing stories, I have a drawing notebook/ dream notebook. I love to read too.
regaltaxlaw11 months ago
I love writing stories, I have a drawing notebook/ dream notebook. I love to read too.
horses341 year ago
I love writing stories, I have a drawing notebook/ dream notebook. I love to read too.
I learned to do the third suggestion when I was young.
zamrin1 year ago
Nice games
Puzzledd2 years ago
Good ideas, well presented. Thanks for sharing;)
HMice2 years ago
Uhhh, In the "Who is driving that car" game someone said he was single, and the other one said he was seeing his boyfriend. Anyway, cool Instructable, I remember a few of the games!
HMice HMice2 years ago
LOL! I meant girlfriend! ROFL
Very helpfull!Me and my friends family is going on a 2 hour drive.Im so afraid i and my freind would get bored. ThXD
I learned to do the third suggestion when I was young. Slightly different: someone would draw a squiggly and some shapes, and the second person would make a complete picture from the squiggle.
8 years later, I still do that activity when I'm with a friend. Both of us enjoy scrathcing our brains to try and create something from the more complex from random squiggles. So i definitely support your variation in your third suggestion. :)
lalaclassic (author)  Miscelinious3 years ago
I still play a lot of these games too. Bored waiting for food at a restaurant? I simply turn over my place mat and start doodling. I also have a tendency to snitch the crayons at the hostess station in the front of some restaurants! lol
ChrysN3 years ago
Great ideas! I remember playing dots, that is a great game.