Monday, June 10, 2019

How to make your drive educational

I try to make things somewhat educational  when I can. When Noah was younger, I would try and use things to teach him in fun ways. You really can use short rides in the car as mini learning sessions.

Noah and I would constantly tell stories in the car. The stories would sometimes be about what we are doing or what we just did. When he was three years old, I would tell him stories and leave out parts for him to fill in. Our stories usually started out with once upon a time there was a boy named.... he would say Noah. The story would go in different directions. I have quite a few videos of us telling our stories. Stories were always his favorite. If I didn’t tell them, I would run the risk of him saying wanna go down the road over and over again. 

Another idea is coming up with a song that teaches them something they are learning in school and singing it. You would be surprised how well songs work to remember things. I learned my presidents in choir twenty five years ago and I can still recite their full names to this day. 

Another variation on story telling is seeing who can come up with the using one letter. For example, An ant ate an apple at a aquarium after an antelope and alligator  altered art. 

Rhyme Play is also really fun too. You can think of a word and see how many different words you can rhyme with it. 

Say and Spell is where you have to spell every word you say. It’s also a great chance to get an extra spelling word practice in. 

You really can sneak in a bit of education while you are in the car. It’s a great place to just unwind and chat with your kids. 

Sunday, June 9, 2019

License plates

License plates are always interesting to look at. It’s a good way to figure out where someone is from. It’s also a good way to pass the time while you are in the car. Growing up, our license plates started with a specific number. The two digit number was the county you lived in. It was cool when you were in another state and you saw a car from your county. They have eliminated this now. 

License plates can be personalized with seven letters or numbers. I have seen some pretty funny ones. Some I couldn’t figure out and some that made my head hurt. As long as it’s appropriate and not taken, your personalized license plate can say almost anything. 

In 1979, a man in California had a personalized license plate that said “no plate.” In a few months, he ended up with over 2,500 citations for having “no plate” in the spot where the license plate number goes. Other ones that have caused problems throughout the years are Missing, none and no tag. I am pretty sure they are the list of banned plates. 

In an effort to save metal during World War 2, some license plates were manufactured from soybean based fiberboard. 

Prisoners still make license plates in jail. Prison jobs are great for inmates to learn a trade or responsibilities. Idle hands in prison can be a dangerous thing. 

Rental cars regardless where you rent, will likely have plates from other states. Every time we went a car, it has another state on it. We always pretend we are from that state when we are in the car. 

Some states require both front and back license plates. The states that just require a back plate are: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Delaware, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia. Some car dealerships use the front license plate spot to advertise where the car was purchased. 

US Mail Trucks do not have license plates. They have their own tracking system. They also can’t get parking tickets and other fees. 

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Road trip games for kids

Summer is the time for road trips. Every summer, we drive to Florida. That is a very long drive. It’s usually a seventeen hour drive. If there’s construction, let’s face it, there’s always construction somewhere, it can make it even longer. Spending a long time in the car can be boring. There’s only so many times you can listen to your favorite music. I try to limit Noah’s screen time on the road because he gets car sick.  I am convinced that it has something to do with staring at a device. We like to play different games when we are on a road trip. Some of them we play other places too. 
Would you rather is a fun game where you pick two options and you say which you would prefer. I like to do really crazy ones. 

Two truths and a lie is an interesting way to learn about your older kids. We haven’t played that one yet. 

I Spy is fun to play but you really have to limit it to the car because you are moving so picking something outside isn’t fair. 

Twenty questions is a favorite of ours. We play twenty questions a lot. The only problem is every time it’s Noah’s turn to guess, his first or second question is always is it Charles Manson? I mentioned him once or twice a while ago. He likes to ask me that when we are in public or flying in a plane. 

Going on a picnic is great for younger kids. You start with a and go through every letter. You are supposed to remember everything but you don’t have to. 

We also like to play the license plate game where we see who can find the most different license plates. You need paper for this one. 

The What am I Game is a spin on twenty questions except instead of asking questions you give clues and they guess who you are talking about. This is great for younger kids. 

You can really make anything in to a game. It’s fun to come up with your original ideas and make them a road trip tradition.