There are lots of fun math things you can do while on the road.
"How many shapes of street signs can you find?"
signs are octagons, yield signs are diamonds, etc.)
"Can you find shapes in other signs?"
(There is a ton of geometry in store and gas station signs. For example,
Target stores have the big bull's eye that is made of circles.)
"Let's go on a Number Hunt! Tell me when you see some
"I need to know what the speed limit on this street is. Can you
find the speed limit sign for me?"
"Let's see who can find 10 red cars first!"
Play the license plate game with numbers or letters:
Have them look for a 1 on a license plate. Then have them find a 2, then a
3 and so on.
It's great for letters too! Find the A first, then a B and so on.
Several kids can compete... Once a letter or number on a plate is
"called" by one child, the others cannot use that plate and will
have to wait for another chance. Whoever gets to 9 (or to Z) first, wins!
When my nieces and nephews where little, we
used to play "Buggie" where you call out when you see a VW Beatle
("Bug".) You got one point for each Bug, two points for pink
Bugs, three points for a purple Bug, 4 points for a Baja Bug and 5
points for a "Thing." (Am I dating myself with this one?)
Too bad there aren't enough Bugs around to play this one, but maybe
you can create a new game using Mini Coopers?
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