Games children play

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At this time of the year, most families are probably going away on holidays. Some of those involve long road trips. With kids. Who may  or may not put up a constant refrain of “Are we there yet?” {Seriously, how do you put up with that?} It took me back to when I was a kid. And how I managed to keep myself entertained. I mean, we didn’t have DVD players in the car to keep us occupied. We had to find ways to do it ourselves. And I had some embarrassing ones. Which I don’t mind sharing here today.

Singing-a-song: Apparently when I was very little and before my sister was born, I kept myself entertained with a song. Which my parents never fail to remind me. It’s called the “Modern Bread” song. Wondering what it is? So am I. It went sort of this way:

Mummy, mummy, modern bread

Daddy, daddy, modern bread

Truck, truck, modern bread

House, house, modern bread

Basically, anything and everything that I noticed would be part of the lyrics which went in a very sing-song manner. Who the fuck knows what was going on in that little head of mine when I came up with this.

All about places: This one thankfully, is not as embarrassing as the previous one. It’s a highly nerdy games. {Ok, so maybe a tad embarrassing for the non-nerds}. This was the game where one person named a place and then the other would have to name a place with the last letter. For instance, if I said Australia, you’d have to pick another place starting with an ‘A’. I learnt that lots of countries and cities ended with the letter A. In the process, I also learnt the names of places such as Addis Ababa and Azerbaijan. Had to keep up with the As!

Word-a-thon: Similar to the places but with any word. We didn’t play this as often but it was at a time when my knowledge of places wasn’t that good.

Read-a-thon: Ah yes. Reading. Anywhere. Any time. I could read on moving vehicles despite being yelled at to not do so. My nose was constantly buried in a book on the school bus as well. Which in fact, prompted a teacher to nickname me ‘Bookworm’. Oh, and also led to people blaming reading on a moving vehicle to me getting glasses. Which I later learnt was not true. I have glasses thanks to my genes.

The Counting Game: Ok…so this one is a bit embarrassing. And I might be revealing facets of my personality that are a bit questionable. I kept myself entertained a lot by counting cars. A particular kind of car. When I was little, the Maruti Suzuki had just come out and I spent my drives counting them. It continued when I was older except it changed to a particular colour (that was in fact, rare) of the same car. Again, I have no idea why I did this and how in the world it kept me entertained, but it did. I counted. And counted. For years. And you know the most embarrassing part? I have been doing it over the last couple of years during the month of December: I count cars that have the reindeer antlers on them for Christmas season. So far this year, I am up to 89. 😳

What I find amazing is that I didn’t need DVDs to keep myself entertained. And of course, there were times I didn’t even need another person to be entertained. Yes, some of those ‘games’ are embarrassing. But they bring a smile to my face. Of simpler times.

So tell me, what did you do as a child to keep yourself entertained on long drives? Or even short ones? 

And if you have kids, is it different for them today?

Until next time,


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  • Jas
    26 December 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Good ideas 🙂

  • Swaram
    26 December 2012 at 10:32 pm

    I kinda love the modern bread song 🙂
    And we used to play the word-building game too. And 20 questions!

    • Psych Babbler
      5 January 2013 at 6:35 pm

      Haha…that modern bread song is so weird!!! Ooh…20 questions…I never knew about that until I was an adult! Go figure…

  • Maddie
    27 December 2012 at 5:53 pm

    I used to listen to songs, ghazals, radio and I used to sleep. Not much for games. I think my son is still small to be playing games while on a drive but on one occasion he too slept most of the time 🙂

    • Psych Babbler
      5 January 2013 at 6:37 pm

      That’s nice…I remember my parents telling me once when I was little (like 1 year old) I cried all the way non-stop on a drive that was about 2 hours or more! I think they would have loved it if I slept!

  • Bikramjit Singh Mann
    27 December 2012 at 10:50 pm

    I loved the long drives , always ready to jump in the car and go .. so not much trouble for me 🙂

    • Psych Babbler
      5 January 2013 at 6:38 pm

      Oh that would have been such a bonus for your parents!

  • theconjecturegirl
    31 December 2012 at 10:37 am

    My best-friend’s dad teases me on this to this day – I allegedly used to sing nursery rhymes in a loop – non-stop – for 8km.. and then puke and go to sleep, only to be pinched awake at the destination 😛
    After that stage though, it was all that you mention except the counting game. And forced antakshari with dad.

    • Psych Babbler
      5 January 2013 at 6:40 pm

      😆 That cracked me up CG! Oh Antakshari was something we played on the school bus. 😛 Wait a minute…does that mean you played the Modern Bread thing? Because I figured it was something weird I came up with and no one would have heard about it!