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Breaking Down Boredom with Rand McNally

Posted in Travel by Julie Meyers Pron on August 31, 2009

 You’ll need some games to keep your road trip moving at a fast pace. We recently daytripped with a few of Rand McNally’s new Boredom Breakers games. Among the selection was our favorite: Travel Card Games, a box of 3 sets of cards–for three different games. We spent most of our trip on a scavenger hunt using I Saw it First, which has pictures of items you may see outside during your drive, and awards points to the player who sees it first. We found lots of deer and billboards and grabbed a few points for each of those. Of course, my son was certain to find aliens in a UFO, which a card would reward 1,000,000 points to find. Also in this set are games Tough Choice and 30 Second Interview. Both are interactive discussion games that help passengers pass time in interesting talks about themselves. Don’t just stop at the answer to a question (whether you’re deciding what you would rather of 2 choices in Tough Choice or answer a discussion question in 30 Second Interview) elaborate and you’re sure to not only pass time, but learn more about yourself and your passengers.

We haven’t yet played Rand McNally’s Story Starters, but it looks to be a great game. You’re provided with a CD of stories and games, as well as a guide book. Listen along to several stories, then answer questions, follow clues to solve mysteries and finish stories that are started on the CD. My kids are looking forward to this one… and so am I when we have a long trip with lots of listening time ahead of us.

Another of Rand McNally’s Boredom Busters, we designed our own bumper stickers using Magnet Message Makers. The kit comes with 2 bumper-sticker sized magnets and 5 sheets of small stickers. My boys each took one magnet and designed his own, which are now decorating my car. Making it very easy to find our SUV among the many when we pit during our trips.

You’ll need some games to keep your road trip moving at a fast pace. We recently daytripped with a few of Rand McNally’s new Boredom Breakers games. Among the selection was our favorite: Travel Card Games, a box of 3 sets of cards–for three different games. We spent most of our trip on a scavenger hunt using I Saw it First, which has pictures of items you may see outside during your drive, and awards points to the player who sees it first. We found lots of deer and billboards and grabbed a few points for each of those. Of course, my son was certain to find aliens in a UFO, which a card would reward 1,000,000 points to find. Also in this set are games Tough Choice and 30 Second Interview. Both are interactive discussion games that help passengers pass time in interesting talks about themselves. Don’t just stop at the answer to a question (whether you’re deciding what you would rather of 2 choices in Tough Choice or answer a discussion question in 30 Second Interview) elaborate and you’re sure to not only pass time, but learn more about yourself and your passengers.

We haven’t yet played Rand McNally’s Story Starters, but it looks to be a great game. You’re provided with a CD of stories and games, as well as a guide book. Listen along to several stories, then answer questions, follow clues to solve mysteries and finish stories that are started on the CD. My kids are looking forward to this one… and so am I when we have a long trip with lots of listening time ahead of us.

Another of Rand McNally’s Boredom Busters, we designed our own bumper stickers using Magnet Message Makers. The kit comes with 2 bumper-sticker sized magnets and 5 sheets of small stickers. My boys each took one magnet and designed his own, which are now decorating my car. Making it very easy to find our SUV among the many when we pit during our trips.

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