These activities can be played anywhere, anytime with little or no equipment.
Make up your own versions and have fun.
Create a list of things to find. Make your own cards (good for looking out windows). Call out ‘SPOTTO” and mark off the card. Some ideas: types of vehicles; people in uniforms such as ambulance/police/nurse/life saver; different animals; number plate combinations; buildings/ businesses (plumber, bank, cake shop, swimming pool). We’ve included one to start you off.
numbers: add, subtract, multiply, divide; try to make a specific total
letters – make up descriptions using the letters eg HGM = Happy, Green, Monkey.
memory – look briefly at a number plate, close your eyes and see if you can remember the letters and numbers in order.
Pretend some event just happened (accident, crime, a surprise - doesnt need to be a negative event - perhaps a teddy was found in the road and you want to track down the owner...) and you are the witness. You have to describe things to the detective: How much detail did you notice?
Practice describing people – height, weight, facial features, hair colour/ style, clothes, mannerisms, other distinguishing features
WHAT: Action: who was where? Who did what? What did they say on their phones?
WHERE: Describe the scene. What order are the shops on this street?
WHAT: cars are parked on the street? Could you draw the cars? (some people will know what model and all the tiny features for each model)
WHEN: what happened first? what time was it?
...and when in doubt, nothing saves a car trip like I-spy and 20 Questions.