Bali with Kids - Guidebook


Travelling Games

TravelGames.co.uk lists simple travel games for the car, games for the plane, games for the train, games for the boat - travel games for kids and all the family! At Bali with Kids we tried and had a lot of fun with:

JOURNEY IN THE DARK

This journey actually takes place in the daylight. But all the players except one have their eyes tightly closed. The remaining player describes to them what is passing by outside — cars, lorries, buildings and people. In fact, he gives a running commentary to tell them what they are missing. However, the game is more complicated than that! The commentator has to slip in a few whoppers as well. He might describe a castle by the roadside that is entirely a product of his imagination. He might say that the vehicle in front is an oil tanker when it is actually a motorbike. The others have to try and guess which facts are true and which are false. The skill of the commentator lies in making real objects sound phoney, and the phoney ones real. Take turns to be the commentator for about three minutes each. Score one point against you for each time you are caught out, so the person with the fewest points wins the game.


MEASURE A MILE

How long does it take your car to travel one mile? The driver can keep an eye on the speedometer and mileome-ter, but the passengers in the back will have to crane their necks to see. Here is a game to see how well they can judge distances. It is best played on a motorway, where the car keeps going at a steady speed. When the driver tells them to, all the players (not the driver!) close their eyes. As soon as they think that a mile has gone by, they call out 'When!'. The driver, meanwhile, has been watching the mileometer. The player whose call is most accurate is the winner.

This game can be played just as easily (with one important variation) when you are sitting in an airport or railway station. All you have to do is substitute one minute for one mile. The players can call out when they think one minute has passed. The umpire in this case must have a watch. Yet another variation on this theme is 'Five-Minute Free-For-All'. Here, the players have to estimate how far the car will have travelled in five minutes' time. Their guesses are all written down on a piece of paper. At the end of five minutes, the driver announces the distance, and the player nearest to it is the winner.


STAB TENNIS

Here's another version of a pencil-stabbing game, this time adapted to the game of tennis. You will need an old magazine or newspaper — anything with a lot of closely-printed words on it (which nobody wants to read again!). And each player will need his own pencil. After tossing a coin to decide who will begin, the 'server' closes his eyes and stabs his pencil onto the page. If the point lands on white space or on a consonant , then the ball is safely over the net. The other player returns service by closing his eyes arid also stabbing with the pencil. If he lands on another consonant or piece of space, then the service is returned successfully. The rally goes on, back and forth, until one of the players lands on a vowel or a punctuation mark. This means that he has won the point, and the first player serves again.

Scoring goes as in tennis: 15 — Love (if the server wins first point), 30 — Love, 40 — Love and Game. All the same rules about advantage points and so on apply. The first player to win six games takes the first set (as long as he is at least two games ahead). Matches can have two or three sets, depending on how much time you have to spend.