Travelling as a family can often feel like a stressful time. Whether you have younger children vying for your attention in the back of the car, or older children buried deep in their tablets whilst on a coach or train, there are lots of great family games to play whilst travelling.
Teaching your kids to play a basic poker game means fun family game nights where they can sharpen counting skills without even being aware of it. Card games can be a terrific family activity that you can all enjoy! Find the best online tables at DominoQQ.
Poker has betting rules, an ante and the winner of the hand gets the pot. Teach kids the terms. For family night, give everyone a beginning stake of chocolate chips, squares of cereal or a handful of nuts to use for betting.
The right to deal the cards rotates among the players, so let everyone have a turn. Cards can be dealt up or down depending on the game. Draw poker is fairly simple for children to understand. A complete hand is dealt face-down to each player. Explain the value of each card.
A Royal Flush is the best poker hand: Ace, King, Queen, Jack, and 10 — all in the same suite. A Straight Flush is sequential in the same suite, such as 9-8-7-6-5 of clubs. Four of a Kind is next, followed by a Full House: 3 Aces and 2 Kings. A flush is a hand all in one suite, like 5 hearts. Following that, a good hand could be a straight — sequential cards, 3 of a kind or 2 pairs.
In a five-card draw, each person plays with a total of five cards. After everyone has done their discards, they bet on the hand that they hold. The players can fold (give up) and throw their cards away, or continue to bet. Teach the kids how to bet… and to bluff! Any player can call, and the other players then show their cards to determine who wins. The winner gets the pot in the center of the table.
During twenty one questions you have to think of an object and then other family members ask you questions. These must be questions that can be answered with yes or no answers. This keeps it interesting and you only have twenty one questions in which to solve the riddle of what the object is!
This one is going to require a little forward planning. You can print off some bingo boards and then each one can have 16 or 25 items on it. Choose items that you would expect to see on your travels. For example road, road sign, cat’s eyes etc. Then as your family members see the items they can call it out, cross it off and hopefully be the first person to call bingo. Mix it up by giving harder to spot items on each card and make the game last a little longer.
Noughts and Crosses
This is really a game for two people to play together. Ideal for entertaining smaller children in the back of the car. A passenger in the front seat could get involved by being the one to place the noughts and crosses on the paper. Alternatively you can use a larger board/piece of paper and have different colours of noughts and crosses. The first to make a line of three is the winner.
This is a classic game and it is possible to play this in a larger group or as a twosome. One person thinks of a word and then everyone works together to decide on the letters to guess. Once there have been 7 wrong guesses than the stickman has been drawn and the game of hangman has been lost.
There are an abundance of other games that you can play when you are travelling with your family, also another special ones for a Joyful Summer Travel with Elderly Parents to enjoy. Depending on your surroundings you could look for specific colours, specific letters on a number plate or even a specific animal. Adapt the games that you are playing with your family while travelling to your surroundings and you can hopefully keep your children involved for hours.