#71: Go to a Trade Show

A trade show can be about cars, local businesses, computers, weddings, comic books, skis, RVs, books, and more! A trade show usually has many booths with contests, phamplets and people, people, people.

Check to see what's happening around your town/city this weekend. Maybe you can go to a trade show.

This activity promotes exploring interests.


#70: Jump On Your Bed

That is, if you are allowed. (I wouldn't want to get you in trouble.)

This activity promotes motor skill development.


#69: Count Your Teeth

Hey, how many teeth do you have? How about your parents? How many do they have? Your friends? Siblings?

This activity promotes counting skills and self-awareness.


#68: Round Up!

You can add your own rules or change the game to work for where you are driving. Here are a few rules to get you started:

Each player chooses a side of the road. They will try to spot as many cows as they can on their side of the road. That means they can't count any cows they see on the other player's side.

If a player sees a dog (either side of the road), and says, “cow round-up” first, they add the other player's cow total to their own (the other player doesn’t lose any points though).

If a player sees a semi with a cow hauler, and says, “cows went on a trip” first, the other team loses all their cows and has to start at zero again.

If a player sees a grocery store and are the first to say, “cows got fed”, they add 100 more cows to their total.

If one player is behind the other player in points and they see a food truck of any kind (like a grocery truck, fast food truck, pop truck) they can yell “Ketchup” and they will ‘catch-up’ in points and be even with the other player again.

VARIATIONS: You can change this game depending on where you live. Instead of cows, try gas stations. Each player tries to spot as many gas stations as they can on their side of the road. If they see a gas truck, they say "fill up" and get 10 points. If they see a tow truck, the first one to say, "out of gas" makes the other team lose all their points. Whoever sees a gas station billboard and says, "Gas Bonus", they add the other teams points to their own, but the other team does not lose their points.

What other variations can you think of?

(Note: You can print out this game as well as other car ride games by clicking here.)

This activity promotes visual identification skills, counting skills and memory skills.


#67: Going on a Picnic

The more people playing, the more challenging this game becomes.

One person starts by saying, “I’m going on a picnic and I am taking a…” (say something they are going to bring). The next person then repeats the sentence and adds something they are bringing.

For example: Person one: “I am going on a picnic and I am taking jelly beans.” Person two: “I am going on a picnic and I am taking jelly beans and pizza.” The first player that forgets one the items from the growing list is out.

VARIATIONS: People can only bring something that starts with the same letter as their first name. For example, Jean can only bring things like, jelly beans, jam, juice but not oysters.

You can also start the game with the sentence, “I am going on a trip and in my suitcase I am packing…”

This activity promotes memory development.


#66: Listen to New Music

Tune into a radio station you normally don't listen to, or pick out a CD you've never listened to.

There are lots of different types of music:

Rap/Hip Hop
Rock and Roll
Middle Eastern
New Age
Marching Bands
Blue Grass

Try listening to something new, you might find a new kind of music you enjoy.

This activity promotes musical appreciation and listening skills.


#65: Look for the First Robin of Spring

The 20th was the first day of Spring. Have you seen the first Robin of Spring yet? Take a look around outside--do you see one?

If you don't have Robins where you live, what are some of the first signs of Spring where you live?

This activity promotes season identification and visual identification skills.