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I Spy Bingo!

Whenever you have to spend more than 15 minutes in the car, with kids, you know you better come prepared!  If you can remember, I talked about Michael and his 8,973,672 questions he asks in the car.  If he asks you a question, and doesn’t like the answer, he will ask that SAME question, OVER AND OVER again until you give him an answer he is comfortable with.  (It took me a few times to figure this out)  He does not accept “Because that’s just how it works”,  “Because that’s just what happens” or “Because I said so” as acceptable answers.

Michael:  “Mom, why is grass green but dirt is brown?”

Me: “Because that’s how it was made to look”
(few second pause while he thinks about your answer)

(Insert annoying “incorrect buzzer sound”) WRONG!

Michael: “Mom, why is grass green but dirt is brown?”

Me:   “Because they are different things so God made them with different colors so we can tell them apart”
(few second pause while he processes that information)

(Insert annoying “incorrect buzzer sound”) WRONG!

Michael:  “Mom, I know grass is green and dirt is brown so we can tell the difference, but WHY are they different?”

Me: BANGING HEAD AGAINST STEERING WHEEL BECAUSE THIS IS MINUTE 28 OF THE QUESTIONS AND I CAN’T TAKE ANYMORE!!!!
So I answer how any Chemical Engineering mother would answer, “Michael grass and most other plants are green because they contain a pigment known as chlorophyll.  Dirt is brown because there is about three times as much carbon in soil than in plant biomass. “

(much longer pause)

Michael: “But Mom, why is the Dirt Brown”  He says the words “Dirt” and “Brown” S-l-o-w-l-y, if in fact I didn’t understand what he was asking me.

And this is where I calmly and collectively THROW THIS DAMN BINGO CARD INTO THE BACK SEAT AND SAY

“NO MORE QUESTIONS!!!!!  FIND THE THINGS ON THE CARD!!!!!”

Along with the exceptional knack of question asker, Michael can also remember EVERY make of car and furthermore, WHO drives each make.  “Daddy drives a Ford like Grandpa P & Uncle Buddy.  Grandma drives a Chrysler, Nicole drives a Mazda and so on and so on.

I started off making a basic BINGO board in PSE and for the Car Bingo side I added all the different makes of cars.

On the flip side, I made a Road Trip Bingo and added things you would find along the highway.  I added the license plates of the 3 states Michael has lived in  (and recognizes) as well as some construction equipment because let’s face it…there is ALWAYS highway construction going on!

I had my good friends at Office Depot print these cards back to back on a single piece of cardstock and then laminate it on 5 mil laminate.  You can do this all on your own at home if you have the tools.  Me, I am a new SAHM and haven’t acquired all the gadgets yet.  (Feel free to send me a Silhouette if you are in the giving mood :) )

I used some adhesive velcro and wrapped the loop side around a dry erase marker and the hook side to a clip board.  I then used a make-up foundation applicator sponge as an eraser!  I attached that also using adhesive velcro and wah-lah…Bingo in the car!  Combines two great games, “I Spy” and “Bingo”  And finally…silence…until Ryan wakes up that is!

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25 Responses to I Spy Bingo!

  1. obseussed says:

    So cute. I need to use the car logo one because my husband is looking for a new car but I don’t know the looks of the makes/models. I need to figure it out and I can teach my kids too. All they recognize right now are Bug cars. Thanks for sharing, found you on Not Just a Housewife.

    • Cheryl says:

      The only reason I know all of them is because Michael made me tell him so I had to figure them all out myself! That’s one way to learn! :) Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you come back soon!

  2. Merrsidotes says:

    Oh All Knowing Goddess of Traveling With Children, please tell me what to do with a 14 month old while driving from StL to South Carolina!!!

  3. Laura @ Laura's Crafty Life says:

    Your posts make me laugh! My son does the same thing. He is 4 and thinks he knows everything about everything. Just the other day, we were talking about the traffic lights and I said I had to slow down and stop because the light was turning yellow. So my son asks if it is the light that looks orange. I say, yes it can sometimes look orange but it is actually a yellow light. He starts to inform me repeatedly that it is not yellow, it is orange. I finally just said, “Uh huh, okay” because I know only then will he stop trying to correct me!

    • Cheryl says:

      Yes! I have had that exact same conversation also! I tried the whole “It might appear orange but it is actually supposed to be yellow” and got “If it’s supposed to be yellow, why did they make it orange?’ I just hung my head and gave up aslo!

  4. Jeannie says:

    I think our son’s are related somehow someway. Insert the name, ‘Matty,’ with your ‘Michael,’ and we have a matching set. Matty is almost 4 and, is OBSESSED with any and all street signs and has been reading and spelling them as we pass them in the car before he could walk. The 26,000 questions he asks during a 10 minute car ride, I can’t. I JUST CANNOT. My five year old, MJ, says, and I am quoting exactly here, “Mommy, I feel trapped in my car seat sitting next to Matty. Why does he talk? Can I get out and walk, Mommy?” If I do not answer Matty’s question about how many inches are the yellow lines in the road, he will say over and over, “You are NOT a good listener, you are NOT a good listener.” However, he says it with a lisp so it sounds way cuter.

    Apparently, I have started to bite my lip while driving now, to keep from going more insane with each mile that I drive. Didn’t know I did it until my obnoxious teenager was in the car with me. “Mom, what are you chewing on? Dude, you’re munching on your lip. It’s like a seriously bad science project gone waaay wrong.” You see, they’re cute when they’re 4 and 5, but they become obnoxious around their sophmore year of high school. This one is 18 and is going off to college in two weeks. Yes, I will miss him and WILL ball me eyes out when his car pulls away. And, yes, I DO miss when he wast 4 years old asking the same darn annoying questions in the backseat of that car, “Mommy, what is gravity?”

    • Cheryl says:

      Jeannie, you are too funny! I am hoping the Bingo boards will divert my own lip chewing episode :) Congratulations on your “baby” going off to college. He will alwasy be your baby! I will also try to enjoy the questions a bit more because unfortunately sooner rather than later, it will be Michael off to college!

  5. Modern Wivelyhood says:

    My son would love this! What a fun idea, thanks for making it printable!! I featured this on my Friday 5, have a great weekend!

  6. Jennie says:

    This is so great! THank you for sharing. I can’t wait to pack them for our next road trip.

  7. The Gunny Sack (@TheGunnySack) says:

    Very fun indeed! I think your son sounds adorable because he reminds me of my son!!

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  13. Connie says:

    Don’t have a son but i do have a 14 year old TEENAGE- daughter, (prayers would be appreciated)! i am also a preschool / Kindergarten teacher of 14 years, so i really love the conversations between you and your son. i am dying to know what his answer would have been to why d-i-r-t is brown and g-r-a-s-s is green?

    i love your chicka chicka boom boom activity and the bingo cards. your activities are wonderful for my school children!

    • Cheryl says:

      Thanks so much Connie! I am so happy you like them, that comment made my day! I have a few more ideas floating in my head for some fun activities! After the move I hope to get them done! Thanks for reading! Have a great day!

  14. Ashley says:

    haha your intro made me LOL. I used to love playing this game when we used to go on family road trips as a kid! My cousin and I are taking our kiddos on a 9 hr road trip and i stumbled upon your blog and these cards! totally forgot about this game! it’ll be perfect! thanks!

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    • Cheryl says:

      I hope it works great for your car trip Ashley! I remember playing it as a kid also! Good times! That is also when there were no DVD players in cars too! Have a great weekend!

  15. Suz says:

    As a mechanical engineer mom who once had to describe the moment of inertia to a 2 year old in the grocery store, I felt like a kindred spirit!!! Love your ideas here and this will be a great addition to some “project boxes” with clipboards i made up several years ago…definitely a lifesaver for me. This summer we are traveling 10 hrs again so thanks for the distractions!

    • Cheryl says:

      Thank you for totally understanding! :) So nice to meet you! Print off a bunch of the bingo kits and I hope your trip goes smoothly! We had to make that 10+ hour trip when we lived in MN (traveling to MO), it at least kept them quiet for a little while :)

  16. Oum says:

    I came accross your blog and this perfect DIY while I was researching for an article about how to keep kids busy while traveling in a car. I just wanted to let you know that I find the idea perfect and I linked to your blog and the road bingo on my blog today !

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