License Plate Travel Game

Common Sense Media says

Excellent version of classic road-trip activity.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Once an older kid or parent inserts the trip information and players' names, the rest of the game is very simple to use.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that License Plate Travel Game turns the old informal road trip game into more of a competition, complete with score-keeping. Players try to spot license plates from different states, as well as different license plates from within the same state. The first person to spot a license plate from a new state earns two points, and players who spot a different license plate for an already-spotted state earn one point.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • counting
  • grouping

Social Studies

  • cultural understanding
  • geography

Skills

Self-Direction

  • effort

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Combines road trips and technology to provide fun opportunities for families to interact. 

Learning Approach

With images of many different license plates for each state, as well as score-keeping and the ability to save games from previous trips, this a top choice for road trip games.

Support

The results are saved so games can continue over many trips. The entire game is a sort of extension activity that blends digital technology with noticing your real-life surroundings.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • counting
  • grouping

Social Studies

  • cultural understanding
  • geography

Skills

Self-Direction

  • effort

Kids can learn some interesting things about America's states through the slogans and pictures on cars' license plates. This app-based travel game was probably created more for fun and family socializing than education; still, as kids ride in the car and scan cars for different plates, they can learn more about U.S. geography and the cultural, geographic, and industrial differences between states. License Plate Travel Game promotes family fun; more detailed information about each state would help it promote geography as well.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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What's it about?

At the start of the game -- which would likely be at the start of a road trip -- players enter a trip name, start date, and their own names (or team names). When a player spots a particular license plate, they choose the matching state plate from images on the app, and enter that they saw it to get points (two for a plate from a state not yet seen, and one for a plate from a state that someone has already seen at least one other plate from). The results are saved so games can continue over many trips.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The multiplayer LICENSE PLATE TRAVEL GAME drives home the idea that road trips and technology can provide fun opportunities for families to interact. With images of many different license plates for each state, as well as score-keeping and the ability to save games from previous trips, this a top choice for road trip games.

Families can talk about...

  • Share a fun fact that you know with your kid about each state when they find one of its license plates.

  • Encourage kids to design their own license plate for your state. Ask, "What can you put on it to represent something unique about where we live?"

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Price:$0.99
Release date:March 27, 2011
Category:Kids Games
Size:6.70 MB
Publisher:Brian Call
Version:1.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.0 or later, Android 2.1 and up

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Parent of a 6 year old Written byYea4me February 22, 2013
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Has bugs, but still not too bad

Since this was the only license plate game I could find for my Kindle I did purchase it despite the mostly negative reviews on Amazon. It's true that as soon as you close the app (or turn off the kindle) you lose all saved plates. We got around that by playing a new game each day, but I also found that licenses would disappear. A choice that we had used the day before for a state would be gone the next day. Beside these couple "bugs" it was an easy way to track plates. One day going through Kansas and Nebraska, we saw 31 states!

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