Most of us have played the USA License Plate Game. Moms and Dads for years have needed plenty of ideas to keep kids entertained on long road trips.
Last week while shopping at out local thrift store my boys found a Melissa and Doug USA License Plate Game for a $1. I knew we didn’t have any road trips planned but who could turn down such a great educational deal!
After a few days, my kids and I started inventing extra ideas on playing with our new game.
USA License Plate Game Interview Friends and Family:
My youngest son came up with 2 questions and used the game board as a way to document the answers.
Have you traveled through the state? He would flip the license plate to show.
Do you want to visit the state? He chose red for a “no” answer and blue for a “yes” answer.
Then he photographed the game board when he was done. It has been a great hands-on and visual way for him to document an interview.
We now plan on questioning friends and family over the holidays and seeing who has done the most traveling. After the holidays I might use the photos for some writing prompts.
USA License Plate Game Twenty Questions:
My middle son decided to play a 20 questions style game. He would select a state. Then his brother would ask “yes” or “no” questions to figure out which state he had chosen. He would mark all the “no” questions with the red side. When he thought he knew the state he would ask, “is your state…?” If his guess was wrong the game was over. Then a new state would be chosen for another round of the game.
I printed out a state map from my (affiliate link) WonderMaps for my middle son to have a visual of the USA map, just in case he could not remember which states shared a border.
USA License Plate Game Know Your State Capitals:
We did a little head to head competition with the capitals. I would ask what the capital was for each state. If they got it correct, they would flip to the answer side. If they got it wrong, they would flip to the red side. Then we would count how many they got correct. Highest points wins!
The only downside to this game, it can get noisy with all the flipping of the boxes.
If you are traveling soon, I would encourage you to bring the USA License plate game in from the car and interview a family member!