Country road trips are a stand out memory from my childhood. Being one of four kids, we didn’t go on an airplane until I was 18, but we did pack ourselves and bags of our belongings into our Tarago and coast along country roads to different destinations. One in particular was Corryong, Victoria where my cousins lived.
With a solid 5 hours in the car ahead of us, my parents were smart to make sure we were loaded up with books, travel games, cards, music cassette tapes (this was the days before our car had a CD player in it!)
My favourite was a game we called Spotto, others call it Car Bingo, or a car scavenger hunt. My ever creative Dad would rule out a grid on a page and doodle the little images for each of the things we would be likely to see along the drive. Being a drive to the Upper Murray Mountain area, there were no beaches, seagulls or oceans to be seen, so he included things like Bridges, Tractors and Churches.
Over the years my older siblings would remember where the bridges were, which corners had the churches, and which paddocks had the cows, the horses and the sheep. I wasn’t quite old enough or maybe just I wasn’t smart enough to remember where they were.
Anyway all of this is to say that these memories make me happy, and as my husband and I dream of buying a caravan and hitting the road for some long trips, I am excited to introduce these games to my kids.
So I created my own Spotto game. Now a creative drawer, I am not, so Canva is my friend. And the kids gave this game a big thumbs up when we tested it out on a drive recently. Though we did get distracted half way through the drive with a flat tyre, up until that point it was going great!
My rules for Spotto are that only one person can ‘Spotto’ one item. So if you pass a church, one kid calls out ‘Spotto Church’ and he can cross it off, the other kids can’t cross theirs off. They have to find another one. And the aim is to spot as many as you can by the end of the trip, not just get 5 in a row.
Of course your car rules might be different to cater for different routes and kids of younger ages, but that’s the beauty of this game. You make it your own!
Click on the above image or here to download the PDF file and print as many times as you like! I hope this brings you some happy times on your next road trip. I plan on using it on a family road trip to Gundagi coming up soon!
I’d love for you to share your favourite road trip game in the comments below so I can add more fun to our road trip repertoire!