These days kids have technology to entertain them on road trips, so they don’t get the opportunity to play the non-tech road-trip games of our own childhood.
For instance … cow counting.
Our family took a lot of road trips and along with the alphabet game and car bingo, my parents would challenge us to count cows. This was not the most exciting game in the world, but usually there was a stop for ice cream at the end which motivated us to search for every Holstein, Guernsey or Jersey we passed.
If you’re going on a road trip this summer, point out the cows whether or not you’re counting them. Little kids, especially city kids, usually like cows.
Ask them if they know who owns the cows. Give them opportunity to answer, then share Psalm 50:10 with them. (How about learning this verse together as a family?)
For every beast of the forest is mine,
the cattle on a thousand hills. (Psalm 50:10)
The cattle and every other animal belongs to God. Sometimes kids don’t realize that.
John Peterson, a prolific songwriter from the fifties, sixties, and seventies, wrote a song about the cattle on a thousand hills. The song is short, fun, and easy to learn … and also reminds your kids (and you) of all that God owns. If your family is musical (and even if they aren’t), why not teach it to your kids?
Here’s a link to the song, sung by The Children’s Bible Hour (now known as Keys for Kids Ministry).
Have fun singing as you drive down the highway!