Saab Announces The Best Family Car Games

Saab's Family Car Games

Saab's Family Car Games

The winning game was submitted by Merseyside-based Renee Smith and her family. The game requires backseat passengers to pick four facial expressions, they then face each other and cover their faces, revealing their expressions

Saab has revealed that 'Backseat Face Snap' is the UK's favourite family car game.

The game was submitted by Merseyside-based Renee Smith and her family. The game requires backseat passengers to pick four facial expressions, they then face each other and cover their faces, revealing their expressions - if they are the same, they shout "SNAP!"

Other top games submitted to Saab's competition, which aimed to find the most fun and innovative games that can be played on the move, include: I Like Bananas, Island Shipwreck, Traffic Bingo, a themed Alphabet Game and Guess Upon a Rainbow.

The national campaign was launched by Saab earlier in the year, in an aim to bring back quality family time in the car and encourage parents to look a more interactive ways of keeping their children entertained during travelling as a family.

Charles Toosey, Managing Director at Saab GB comments: "Our 'Bring Back Family Time' campaign came on the back of a recent poll of UK parents, which showed that many parents were not taking advantage of the fantastic opportunity to engage with their children whilst travelling in the car.

"With family life being so hectic these days, travelling in the car is one occasion when we can really spend quality time with each other.

"Congratulations to our competition winner Renee and our runners-up and thanks to all the families who sent in their favourite car game ideas. We are delighted to announce the results and we hope that families will be inspired to make the most of the quality time spent together in the car as they play them."

Renee and her family have been rewarded with a family ticket to Alton Towers, which includes accommodation at the Alton Towers Resort Hotel. They will also be provided with a Saab 9-3 SportWagon to drive for the weekend.

Saab's Top family games To Play in The Car
Backseat Face Snap

Decide on four faces, such as happy, sad, pull tongues and funny face. Next, face your challenger and cover your face with both hands in front. Count together 1, 2, 3...the reveal!

Are you the same? Shout "SNAP!" or let's try again!

Submitted by Renee Smith and her family from Merseyside.

I Like Bananas!

When you see a car, say "I like..." followed by something of that colour. For example, if you see a red car, shout "I like tomatoes!" or for a green car, you might say "I like apples!" Take it in turns as a family, and the winner of the round is the first to spot a yellow car and say "I like bananas!"

It's simple, it makes the journey fly by and it's a great game for even the youngest of children.

Submitted by Rachel Edney and her family from Tamworth.

Island Shipwreck

You and your group of passengers are stranded on an island with sea surrounding you and all you have are trees, plants, a fresh water stream and your beach wear.

When you come across a lorry on your journey, choose one item for your island. For example, if you see a supermarket lorry, you could choose a case of vegetables, or if you see a van with DIY on it, you could choose some tools to build a house. The idea is to write down all of the provisions you are collecting that you are going to need to survive on the island!

Want to make it harder or be more creative? You could choose items to create your very own paradise island or draw your island at the end of your journey. It's amazing what lorries will pass you by!

Submitted by Dawn Whittaker and her family from Barnsley.

Traffic Bingo Game

Give every passenger boards with small pictures or words on of things that you might find on your journey, such as speed limit signs, post boxes, and petrol stations (or perhaps you might want to make it harder with suggestions like windmills, cows and public telephones?). As you go along, tick off the boxes when you see the items on your board. The winner is the first one who has marked off the most boxes by the end of the journey.

Submitted by Emma Oldfield and her family from Chester.

Themed Alphabet Game

It's simple! Pick a theme, such as countries, fruit, movie stars, football clubs – anything that comes to mind! Work your way through the alphabet, taking it in turns to name something that belongs to your chosen theme. Can you find a word for those tricky letters such as Q, X and Z? Give it a go and see!

Submitted by Elisabeth Barnwell and her family from Milton Keynes.

Guess Upon a Rainbow

Give passengers a wipe-clean piece of card or board, which has all the colours of the rainbow on: red, yellow, pick, green, orange, purple and blue. It could be coloured spots, squares or lines or you could even create the board in the shape of a rainbow. You each have to spot something red on your journey that begins with R, then something yellow that begins with Y, something pink that begins with P and so on, working your way through the colours of the rainbow.

Once you've found items for every colour, to win, you must find something that has two of the colours of the rainbow on it. Want to make it more challenging? The item you find must begin with any letter of the word RAINBOW!

Submitted by Jamie Harwood and his family from East Sussex.

Published 10 June 2011 Staff

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