5 Unique Car Games for Girls
Cars aren't just for boys. These car games are girl-friendly, educational and fun.
Every girl is wired differently. Some girls like sports, and other girls like dolls. Still other girls are smitten with the shiny wheels and humming engines of cars.
Fortunately, there are all kinds of car games for girls and boys. You can make up your own games or let your child play online games. Try card games and board games, too. Board-certified psychologist and registered play therapist-supervisor Dr. Laurie Zelinger notes that board games can improve cognitive development, and "if a child loses and has a low frustration level, the after-effects of a game could be a good learning experience."
Find out how you can make cars fun for your daughter with these unique car games for girls.
- Mix and Match Construction Vehicles
Your little girl will love sitting down to play the Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site matching game, based on the number one bestseller book, "Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site" by Sherri Duskey Rinker. The game includes 72 cards featuring images of the Singing Cement Truck, the Yawning Excavator, Bulldozer, Crane Truck and much more. Fun for kids aged 2 and up, it's perfect for collaboration. In fact, says Rinker, "parents of both girls and boys tell me that it's one of the games that both their sons and daughters really enjoy playing together." Girls and boys will delight in the energetic illustrations as they develop concentration, memory and matching skills.
- Play a Traffic Jam Logic Game
Some car games for girls can be a real challenge. Rush Hour, one of the world's most successful logic puzzles, is perfect for her to play both with friends and by herself. Start by setting up the 40 cards and traffic grid to match the first card. The goal is to battle the gridlock to get the red car out of the traffic jam. All the cars need to move in a straight line and stay on the grid. As your little girl gets better, however, the traffic becomes more congested and the challenges get harder, providing hours of bumper-to-bumper fun. Rush Hour is easy to follow, but it creates many challenges that require a child to put her cognitive skills to the test. Not only is it a great way to teach critical thinking, but the game doesn't require batteries. What parent doesn't love that? This game is recommended for ages 5 and up.
- Drive a Police Car Online
It may come as a surprise to parents, but according to the University of Rochester, playing online games actually has several benefits. These include following instruction, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, problem-solving and logic. After reading this you may be less reluctant to let your daughter play Nick Jr.'s computer-animated fantasy Team Umizoomi, which emphasizes preschool math concepts such as counting, comparisons, measurements, shapes, sequences, shapes and patterns. Your child accompanies a team consisting of mini superheroes and a friendly robot in Umi City, where the streets are paved with beautiful origami-inspired patterns. Players "drive" a police car around Umi City to catch Stinko and his Stinkbug Gang. The musical game teaches her about patterns, shapes, numbers and how to follow instructions, and is recommended for ages 3 to 4.
- DIY Auto Bingo
Whether you're making a quick run to the store or going on a long trip, auto bingo will keep your little girl entertained for sure as she searches for the same color car as on her bingo board. Bingo challenges kids intellectually, increasing their ability to learn and use information to come to certain conclusions. The game also improves children's ability to think critically, which is important to core cognitive development. There are many different children's bingo games available in stores, but you can make your own bingo game too, suggests Allison Murray, creator of Dream A Little Bigger.
- Spell and Race
KidsSpell.com offers the Spellify 500 race game, wherein parents can select from over 400 spelling lists. The list automatically loads into every game and activity on this spelling website. The object of the game is to collect the letters on the race track with your race car in order to spell the displayed word. The player can control the speed of the car by pressing certain keys. This game is a great way for your daughter to practice her classroom spelling words in a fun and easy way.
Sabine Schmidt is a writer and blogger based in Nashville, TN. She is the mother to two girls and one boy. To learn more about her, visit her at Mom in Music City.