A few weeks ago I was starting to dread our upcoming 3 hour drive to Devon with our almost 3 year old. I'd been meaning to do a travel bingo game for some time but this was the perfect excuse to make it happen! I had looked online at a few versions but I felt that my toddler needed a very simple and colourful one to capture his young imagination. I didn't really know if he'd be too young for it.
So off we went on our holiday with my son 'road testing' the prototype version of travel bingo, pictured below. He loved it!! It made our journey go so much quicker and I really started noticing how much my son was taking in his surroundings whilst playing. Although the 'free space' stars confused him, he wanted to wait until it got dark so he could see the stars! And we didn't see any pigs on our travels so I dropped the pigs (sorry pigs!). I also added a few more items when we got home, like a cow. I had sent the cards to some helpful followers on the facebook page who road tested it with their kids and it was great to hear that older kids enjoyed it too - and the stars seemed to confuse everyone! so no more stars!
Prototype travel bingo
I'm hoping to offer a freebie every month so this seems the perfect month to offer one card of the travel bingo as a free printable download. Perfect for the summer holidays and all those road trips. You can download your free PDF by clicking here. If you are on a tablet you might need to click on this link for a jpg version. You can print this as many times as you like and included in the download is a discount code for 25% off the full game.
If you decide you and your kids have enjoyed the game then pop on over to the Etsy shop to download the full game. This includes 5 extra game cards (so 6 in total) which are loosely categorised into country, sea and city - although they should all work for most journeys. And some ideas for how to play although I think we can all make our own rules up! Don't forget your 25% off discount code - if you know you want the full game the code is FULLHOUSE
This version does have UK road signs. I'm hoping to do other versions soon for other countries. But if you know you are not going to see any icon on the card, just cross it out before you start playing!
I'd love to hear all about your car journeys and whether your children enjoyed playing the travel bingo game. Have fun and happy travels!