Car Games

Or, why we’ve never heard an entire radio newscast in the van in the last year

As parents no doubt know, you can only stand your ground for so long when it comes to entertainment in the family vehicle. In our case, we attempted early on to persuade the kids (really just The Toddler) to listen to Mommy and Daddy’s music, but once he caught wind of Raffi and Sharon, Lois & Bram, it was all over. Following that were those infernal Fisher Price Little People albums, with lyrical gems like this:

The garbage truck is here
The garbage truck is here
I see the sanitation workers standing on the rear!

People have a funny way
Of making garbage every day
Bang, boom, crash!
We take away the trash

With our brains rotting from the inside, the songs stuck in our heads long after the kids hit the sack, it wasn’t long before The Lovely Wife realised that two years old was old enough to learn to identify the emblems on vehicles. It quickly became good stoplight entertainment, and a great way to entertain the Toddler on walks. And hey, it’s better than the Spot the Car game.

It amazed me to see how quickly he picked up on them. Naturally, we started with Honda and Toyota, which are our van and the FIL’s (aka Papa’s) car. Within days he was pointing out every Hwonnnda and ToYOta! in sight. It’s probably two months since he started this, and here’s what he’s picked up:

Nissan (Mee-san)
Chevy (which he will tell you he “doesn’t like”, thanks to our import snobbery)
Jeep (though most SUVs are labelled such)
Volkswagen ("Bee-Dubyouuu")

Some he hasn’t really picked up on yet:

Hyundai (which always turns into “Monday Tuesday Wednesday…..”)
Lexus (we’re not really in a Lexus neighbourhood)
Mercedes (ditto)
Jaguar (seeing a pattern yet?)
Audi (we’re almost there)

Of course, there are dozens more, but we don't encounter them with enough frequency to really hammer those home.

He’s so good at it, he periodically (and snobbily) pipes up from the back seat with “Mommy! What kind of is that? And before you can answer he says, “It’s a Hwonnnda”. I tellya, the things we fill our kids heads with. I can't wait to see how this one comes back and bites us in the ass. He'll probably be sent home for fighting with some kid whose dad drives domestic.

Day 8

Posted bythemikestand at 10:09 AM  

3 stepped up to the mike:

Sassy said... 11:21 AM, November 08, 2006  

That is TOO funny. A little boy I babysat for used to love trucks, and he'd always point them out when we were in the car. Except he said "Fruck," which caused his parents to think I was teaching him foul language. "Fruck! Fruck! Fruck!!!" LOL

Steph said... 1:42 PM, November 08, 2006  

That's awesome!

My dad loves cars and has a few "collectibles" that he has tucked in his garage. In my family "spot the car" was more like "Tell me what year that vintage model is based on the headlights and the fenders." I'm not good at it, but my brother kicks butt.

Christine said... 10:19 PM, November 08, 2006  

my boy is a "1970 superbee" boy, but appreciates most muscle cars. pitty for him he is chauffeured around in a carvan most days.

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