Travelers in Maryland this year can play a new version of the state’s “Bay Game” as they cross the Eastern Shore on their way to the beach.

The “Bay Game,” which originated last year, is designed to be played from the back seat of the car by anyone 3 years or older.

The “Bay Game” booklets have games, quizzes, pictures to color and colored stickers.

Designed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ Chesapeake Bay Program staff, the game increases children’s awareness of how things they see on the trip relate to the Chesapeake as well as educating them about the Bay on their trip to the beach.

Last year, more than 275,000 families picked up the free booklet at the Bay Bridge and were challenged to find such Bay-related items as osprey nests, wetlands, farm fields and forest buffers.

The game was nationally recognized by the Innovations in American Government awards program, which is sponsored by Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

This year’s game adds nine more sites, four more pages, 23 more things to look for and expands the routes where the game can be played.

Meet Maryland’s mountains

Also this year, travelers heading west can pick up the new “Maryland Mountain Game” at the Sideling Hill Visitor’s Center, the Youghiogheny Overlook Welcome Center, and the Deep Creek Lake Welcome Center.

It is designed for children to play while traveling along Interstate 68 and Route 219 in Western Maryland. It challenges players to pay attention to environmental and geological features they see along the way and includes stickers, puzzles, trivia and mazes.