Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Rand McNally Travel Games

Rand McNally, the venerable American company that has been helping families find their way for more than a century, just introduced a series of innovative games and activities to keep kids entertained and families connected in the car. The Boredom Breakers™ line is a refreshing alternative to portable DVD players and handheld video games many families use to pass time on long road trips or while shuffling around town. The products are designed to bring families together, encouraging conversation, laughter and fun making the miles fly by for moms and kids on the go.

Rand McNally developed the five games based on extensive parent research. Moms across the country were clear about what they like - creative activities that make kids laugh and allow family members to learn more about one another - and what they don’t like - games with a lot of little pieces.

With that, Boredom Breakers were born! The five activities are sold separately at RandMcNally.com and Amazon.com. Tell stories, solve mysteries, play car games, sing classic pop tunes, discover new things about each other…and do it together as the hours quickly pass.

Story Starters: Packed with 72 minutes of funny stories, mysteries and games, this interactive CD will be an instant road trip hit. Story Starters combines the best of classic radio-style drama and audio effects to get families telling stories together. Hearing is truly believing!

Car Karaoke: Mom can sing lead and kids are back-up vocals. Just pop in the CD with 12 classic rock, pop, and kid favorite songs. Includes everything needed to be a rockstar: an inflatable microphone, rating cards, and three lyric books. Choose from favorites like “Build Me Up Buttercup” or “Twist and Shout,” to see who’s got the pipes in the family. Earplugs not included!

Car Game Countdown: Car games are fun, but they are even more outrageous when you’re trying to beat the clock. Car Game Countdown includes a car-shaped digital timer with electronic sound and laminated dual-sided game cards featuring 18 games on a clip ring.

Travel Card Games: Travel Card Games features three great games to pass time and start conversations. Includes a slim storage box to easily stow in the backseat pocket.

Magnet Message Makers: Magnet Message Makers is a mess-free way to get the kids and the car ready for the road . It includes two reusable and removable magnets that will not harm your vehicle and five sheets of removable stickers for decorating the magnets. “Florida or Bust!” “

Rand McNally sent me one of the Car Game Countdown games. My favorite part is the car shaped timer. (In fact, Munchie just took off with it and keeps pushing buttons!) The countdown games are on a plastic ring for easy flipping through. Some were familiar games: License Plate Bingo sounds a lot like what we called "Alphabet Game". Each player tries to find the letters in order. We played this across 43 states growing up! Some of the games don't require reading (like who can hold a pose for the longest or who can count the most red cars).

One thing I really liked about the games is the timer. (Yeah, I know I already told you I liked the timer, but this time I am talking about time limits!) I like the idea of playing a game for 30 seconds or 10 minutes. (A definite beginning and ending).

My family hasn't had a chance to take any trips lately, but this game will definitely accompany us on our next trip. (I might even take it next time I travel with adults!)

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