I was inspired by my son, Jack, to make the kids a game for the trip. Jack just finished Kindergarten and is really smart (not just a mom saying that either). LOL! He was singing a song the other day while we were at the store... of all 50 States, in alpha order. I was SO impressed! I can honestly say I didn't know the States (in any kind of order) when I was 6!
Since he knows the States and can read, it's time for the License Plate Game. Keeping the kids occupied on the trip will keep them from noticing we have a long trip, right?
So, I've taken the standard game and kicked it up a bit.
I've used an empty DVD tin, printed maps of the US and a small picture of the States License plates from a government website. All the plates are laminated and have a strip of magnetic tape on the back. The entire project is embellished with stamped images from Rubber Stamping Fun's Big Trip set. When I saw this in their offerings, I knew it would be perfect for the project!
The details on the inside of the game are also designed to help the kids learn. They can either put the plates they find on the right side of the lists - under Found - or on the Map itself, teaching them their geography, in only that sneaky way parents teach!
Another fun detail is the small markers on the map itself. They are laminated letters (S, X, and F - for Start, Finish, and X marks the spot). They can follow along with us on a map for the journey's progress.
Needless to say, I'm really excited about this project and know we'll get hours of entertainment out of it.
Thanks for looking!
p.s. I know the "sentiment" on the front should read "One way ticket to - PARADISE", but my daughter didn't like that and made me switch to vacation. It still fit the slot, so I went with what the boss wanted. LOL!