The following games have two very powerful reasons why you need to include them with your resources. Number one is they will make school excursions and camp bus trips enjoyable. These activities will create a fun and happy atmosphere on the bus which is exactly what we strive to achieve.

Secondly, when your student’s head off on their school holidays, these activities are perfect to give them to play with their families while they are away. The parents will like the change from trying to entertain their children and the students will take ownership of the game they are teaching to their families. This is a win win situation for everyone involved. Also, as always, if you would like these as a PDF please email me at  

Bus Cricket


This is a fun game that students can play in pairs. Each student takes it in turns of batting. The way you play is by scoring the vehicles that drive past the bus. Motor Bikes = 1, Cars = 2, Vans = 3, Cars with Trailers = 4, Trucks = 5, Buses = 6. The student keeps adding their score up. The only way they can be dismissed and stop counting is if one of the vehicles is red. If any of the vehicles are red then the score they are on at the time is their final score, and it’s the next student’s turn to start batting. The winning student is the one with the highest score at the end.


Number Plate Game


For this game, the students have to use the letters in a number plate and make a saying, company name or song title with these letters. For example, if a number plate is FAR776, it could be Funny Ants Run or Fred’s Angry Ribs. Try and challenge the students to come up with the funniest ones they can.


The ABC Game


The aim of this game is to complete the alphabet first.  As the students see the letters on billboards and licence plates they shout out the letter and point.  Once a letter has been claimed other students cannot use the same letter.  The teacher can make it harder by limiting to only licence plates or billboard signs.




This is a great game where students take it in turns of naming animals. Each student has to name another animal, not repeat what the students before them have said. The animals need to start with the last letter of the last animal named.  This game could be played with cities or geographical regions. Once the students have mastered this you can have an ‘expert’ version where all the geographical regions must start and end with an ‘A’. Here is an example: AsiA, Aegean SeA, AmericA, AtlantA.


My Father Owns A Grocery Store


One student is selected to begin the round by stating, “My father owns a grocery store, and in it he sells (something that begins with the letter A; e.g. apples).” The next student states, “My father owns a grocery store, and in it he sells apples and (something that begins with the letter B; e.g. bananas).” It goes around and around with each student having to recite the entire list and then adding a new entry for the next letter of the alphabet. If a student misses an item or gets completely stumped, they’re supposed to be ‘out’. But you can give them clues to keep things moving along and keep them involved in the game. The challenge is to see if the class can work together to get to Z. Variations you can play are, “My father owns a music store …” in which students have to name bands, song titles, album titles, or whatever.