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Maths games to play on car journeys

If you’ve got a long car journey ahead of you, playing maths games is a great way to pass the time! Take a look at our favourite maths games for car journeys.


Counting cars

Using vehicles to score points. Each caravan you see is worth 2 points, and each lorry is worth 5 points. Count together as you see each vehicle, or work out how many caravans and lorries you would have to see to reach a certain target number.

Are we there yet?

Use the space between your hands to show how long you have been travelling so far, and then show them how long they have left until you reach your destination. It will help children understand how different amounts of time relate to each other.

How much?

Think about what your child’s favourite hobbies are, and then show them a £5 or £10 note. If they were given £10 a week, ask them how many weeks it would take them to save for something like a new bike, or a swimming pool. Not only does this build on their multiplication skills, but it also gives them a good idea on the value of money.

Travelling with the family pet?

Work out how old each of your family members would be in dog (x7) or cat (x6) years.

How much are you worth?

Using the letters in your name, what is your number if vowels = 3 and consonants = 6? You can then use this formula for working out how much car names are worth, e.g. KIA would be worth 12 points.

Can you guess which number I’m thinking of?

Think of a number and ask your children to guess within 10 ques

ions using yes or no questions, such as “Is it an even number?” or “Is it a multiple of 3?”

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