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Frugally entertaining children in the car

I don't know about you, but both my boys can get board on journeys in the car and there are times that I curse the fact I taught them how to play i spy!  

So instead of verbal eye spy, I created a sheet that I printed off and laminated and then give them whiteboard pens to mark off the items.  The competition is to see who can fill in parts first.  

If you click on the image below, you can enlarge it to print off yourself.

Some of our other favorite in-car or travelling games are:
  • I don’t spy (just like I spy, but the opposite) 
  • Who am I? Where you have to guess what job the person does without them using the title. ie I help people, I work in a hospital (Doctor)
  • Count the cars, ie find 48 white cars
  • I spy using a colour
  • I went to the shops and I bought…..

This is an entry in to the Tots100 Jolly Journeys competition in conjunction with Travel Supermarket.  Take a look at their UK car hire, as this is where they will be displaying some of the best tips they receive.


  1. What a great idea! I am definitely going to make a couple of these up for my kids!

  2. I love the eye spy cards what a great idea x

  3. I love this idea! Kids also really enjoy bingo so how about printing the cards with the items in different places and then challenging them to get the first row, column and diagonal? I am totally going to do this when BabyBee is a LOT bigger!


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