I want to hear about your favorite family car games, but first, I’m going to tell you about mine. I’m dying for y’all to try it. It’s called Skittles. Your kids might need to be a little older. In fact, my 15-year-old and I still play this game, and today…I got busted.
Let me explain. In Skittles, you look for bright yellow cars. School buses never count–there are too many of them–but Penske trucks do…any vehicle that has a bright yellow body. This could also include an 18-wheeler with a bright yellow body, even though it might be pulling a silver trailer. So when you see a yellow car or truck, you say, “Skittles!” and you get a point. You compete until you get tired of the game. The trick is to be the first person to see a police car. Then you yell, “Busted!” This means that the other person loses all his or her points! You can also yell, “Undercover,” to get them to lose their points–but you have to clearly see the siren either in the window of the undercover police car or on top of the car.
Anyway, today I was winning, 2-0, when my son caught up, seeing two yellow cars within seconds of each other. So we were tied 2-2, and then he saw a police car first and busted me! I was so frustrated! Kids love to beat their parents at anything, so I always play it up being upset–even now, when my kids are older.
You do really get caught up in this silly game, but it’s fun, and it makes the time pass on a long trip, and it keeps people talking to each other. Otherwise, they get out their ear buds and their iPhones and iPads and go into their own little worlds….
Don’t let it happen! At least not for the whole car trip. You need corny family moments! You need games like Skittles.
Warning to the driver: Usually, everyone in the game has to see the yellow car claimed by someone when they yell, “Skittles!” but if you’re driving, you have to pay attention to the road. You can’t always verify someone’s claim–you have to go on trust. And I can’t emphasize enough that it’s very, very easy to get caught up in looking for yellow cars. Sometimes, if I’m feeling absurdly competitive, I abstain from the game when I’m driving. I can’t afford to get us into an accident ever, but especially not over Skittles!
What’s your favorite car game to play with the kids?