Sit down, friends, and let me tell you a tale about our Hurricane Irma adventure last year. After my husband finally succumbed to my pleas that we GTFO before the storm made landfall 13 miles south of our home, we thought driving to the panhandle on the single route out of the state with all the other Floridians wouldn't be so bad. It was terrible. Had we armed ourselves a little better with some hurricane evacuation games to occupy ourselves and the kids, perhaps we wouldn't have wanted to set the cars on fire by the time we crept into Panama City in the wee hours of the morning. So in the service of families evacuating from Hurricane Florence right now, I've created a list of games to keep little ones busy in the car.
So how bad was it? Our caravan to safety involved two cars, two kids, three pets, one mother-in-law, one fully functional litter box, one pee bucket, one harrowing gas shortage, and 17 hours of deadlocked traffic one way to escape to safety. Fortunately, we were not one bit sorry once it became clear that some scary stuff went down in our hometown. So to all those families still thinking about fleeing Hurricane Florence, I suggest sucking it up and leaving. Just get some good tunes, maybe a kid-friendly podcast or two, and these games to keep everyone's mind off the storm.
I'm Going On A Picnic
Taking turns, each player states, "I'm going on a picnic and I'm bringing an 'apple,'" adding another object to the basket that starts with the following letter of the alphabet. Things get wild around the middle of the alphabet, and it takes a real winner to remember all 26 objects when the family reaches Z.
The Singing Game
One person starts singing a song and, based on a lyric, the next person picks it up with a different song. For example, Grandma can sing "Come On, Get Happy" by The Partridge Family, and someone else could pick up with "clap along if you know what happiness is to you" from Pharell's "Happy." Be warned, this game is just silliness. There is no point and no winner, so have fun.