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License Plate Games

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Keeping track of unusual license plates or plates from different states is a favorite pastime on very long car trips. Create a map/bingo game and take turns with your family to identify car liscense plates from different states.
  • The RIF Guide to Encouraging Young Readers
  • Reading
    • 3-5
    • 6-8
    • 9-12
    • teen
  • Minimal
  • Indoor, Traveling
  • Play

MATERIALS: Map of the United States or list of the fifty states, crayons, notebook.

Keeping track of unusual license plates or plates from different states is a favorite pastime on very long car trips. Here are some variations your family may want to try. States Plates. Photocopy a map of the United States that includes all fifty states or make a list of the fifty states. Family members see how long it takes to find a license plate from each state. The first player to notice a new plate colors in that state on the map or circles the state on the list. License Plate Bingo. Make copies of the map for everyone. The first player to see plates from three (or four or five) adjoining states, marks them on the map and gets Bingo. Only the first player to notice a plate can make a mark. Out-of-State Graph. Families that travel near home can keep track of all the out-of-state plates they see as they drive around town. Have your children make a graph to see which states are best represented in your area. Collectors Plates. Family members keep a constant lookout for unusual license plates-plates with letters that spell word or names, or that form a rebus message (for example, ICU 2 for I see you, too or 10 SNE 1 for Tennis, anyone?). Collect your findings in a notebook, or check stationery and toy departments for a novelty pad with empty license plates that your kids can fill in. Older children may want to brainstorm their own vanity plates.

License Plate Games