Car Smarts: Activities for Kids on the Open Road

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This book features pen and paper activities for children to relieve boredom on long car journeys which get them to learn, think and invent whilst they travel. Some activities challenge the reader to use their imagination and invent such things as the ideal instrument panel, while others involve science they can see and do while looking out of the car window.

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The words "road trip" may inspire college students, but they chill parents to the marrow, eliciting visions of wailing babies and memories of tedious trips long past. But Ed Sobey revitalizes the tired car trip. With paper and pencil (they come with the book), some paper clips, string, a map, calculator, and compass, you've a road kit to fill the miles with educational entertainment instead of the usual backseat battles. Designed for kids who can read, the book suggests playing trip navigator, learning car company icons, deciphering vanity plate rebuses, and counting, with eyes closed, the number of times the gears shift. A happy trip is an engaged trip, and Sobel's suggestions come in handy when you tire of 20 questions.

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Traveling Games That Build Kids' Brains! What?! No more ``Are-we-there-yets?'' Yep! With Car Smarts in your glove compartment, all it takes is a pencil and paper to make long car trips fun! This much-needed auto accessory (why didn't Henry Ford think of this?) lets make hundreds of discoveries about cars, nature and the environment, and those fascinating technologies--roads, highways, bridges, tunnels, and telephone poles--whizzing by the windows! And all this without the necessity of totally trashing the car's interior! Ideal for kids 8 and up, these fun, brain-building activities include: creating the dashboard panel of the future; making up your own license plates; measuring the effects of acceleration; designing a car for the twenty-first century; finding directions without a compass; using a map; taking climate clues from nature. Written to make the miles melt away, this book of neat stuff-to-do engages kids in fun, creativity, and discovery. Illustrated with cartoon-style drawings, Car Smarts is the ideal traveling companion to keep kids interested and occupied until they reach their destination. So fill up the gas tank, check the oil, and grab your copy of Car Smarts. It's an essential for the open road!

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