Road Trips are some of my favorite memories from childhood. We now look forward to taking our children to explore new places, and love playing games with them along the way. Here are some of our favorites:
1. Alphabet Game
We loved playing this game as children, and it still is our favorite road trip game! Each family usually follows their own rules which may include only one letter per sign, letters have to be found outside of the car, and players cannot look backwards to find letters.
- Only can use letter at the beginning of words
- Cannot use or can only use letters on license plates or other vehicles
- Going through the alphabet backwards
2. Numbers or Colors Game
This is perfect for the younger children. Similar to the alphabet game, you find numbers and/or the colors of the rainbow. This is a great chance to learn the numbers or colors in a different language.
Search through Pinterest to find a variety of printable travel Bingo cards perfect for road trips including Logos, Road Signs, types and colors of cars, animals, plus more! ParentSavvy even has one of their own!
Tip: Laminate any of these printable games and use a dry erase marker. Then they can be reused over and over again!
4. I Spy
This is a favorite with my kids, and is perfect for even short car rides when the kids are going bonkers in the backseat! Basically, we each take turns saying "I Spy A... flag, bus, purple car, etc." and see who can find it!
5. Tell A Story
Another favorite is tell a story with the whole family! One person begins with a sentence. Then the next person adds their own sentence, and so on, turning into a crazy tale! It is funny how quickly the story can change from humorous to scary to ridiculous. With older children, each sentence or main subject can begin with the next letter of the alphabet.
6. License Plates
As a child, I remember playing the License Plate Game on our trip to Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. We found all 50 states, including Alaska and Hawaii! You can create your own list, or find several printable options on Pinterest.
7. Scavenger Hunt
Try creating one with your kids before you leave. You can organize it by categories such as animals, buildings, cars, nature, etc. For the younger ones, they can draw pictures of each item they are looking for. Check out this printable Scavenger Hunt for Preschoolers or one for older children.
8. Sing, Sing, Sing!
Sing some of your favorite childhood songs, or pop in the favorite CD, turn down the music, and sing along.
Variations: Pick a favorite song and sing it in different styles like: super fast, super slow, robot-style, opera-style, underwater, etc.
9. Name That Tune
Listen to a few notes on the radio, then turn down the volume, and see who can guess the song!
Create some craft kits ahead of time that kids can pull out and play with while riding in the car. Find some great ideas here.
11. Rock, Paper, Scissors
This game is always a favorite!
12. A, B, C Game
Pick a theme, such as items found at a grocery store. Begin with the letter A, the first person says something that begins with A. The next person then picks something that begins with B, etc.
Variations - Try items found at a mall, in a school, etc. You can also turn it into a Memory Game. Each person has to repeat what everyone said before them.
13. This or That
One person comes up with a question such as "Do you like pancakes or waffles?" After each person answers, then the next person comes up with a question. It is also fun to guess how each person will answer!
14. Family Trivia Game
This is played similar to the Newlywed Game. One person asks a question specific to another person in the car, such as "Sara's favorite color is..." Then each person either writes down their answer, or says it out loud, including the person the question was about. This is a great way to see how well family members know each other!
What are some of your favorite Road Trip Games?
Other Great Resources:
- Literacy Activities in the Car ~ Growing Book by Book
- Over 20 Fun Road Trip Ideas for Kids! ~ 3 Boys and A Dog
- Mom's Minivan - Printable games and more!
Julie is married and a mom to two young children who loves enjoying all that Omaha has to offer. She provides a helpful resource for family-friendly activities and events in and around Omaha at FamilyFuninOmaha.com. Find many ideas for upcoming local events posted weekly, Kids Eat Free, and an Omaha Kids Calendar!