Traveling with children can be stressful. So what does one do, to keep their littles entertained? (Besides praying they take a nap of course?!) You play travel games! I’ve partnered with Reedman-Toll Subaru to bring you some of the top car games out there! Check out this amazing list and have fun!
They can be as long or as short as you want them to be. Give them a try and you’ll see that traveling with your children won’t be as frustrating as it used to be!
You and your little ones are on a road trip, it’s going to be a long ride and you want nothing more than to hear laughter rather than whining! If you notice the little ones are starting to get bored and frustrated try one of these games!
Depending on the length of the drive, pick a time frame (i.e 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 30 minutes, etc.) Each rider guesses how many cars of a certain color will be spotted during that time. The first one to 5 points wins.
Each player takes a guess on how many license plates will end with an even number and how many will end with an odd number. Keep a tally and the one closest to the initial guess wins.
The trick to playing this game while driving is that it has to be something that won’t go out of view – like the sky, the road, etc. Someone announces that they “spy” something and gives a clue. Example: I spy something blue. The players then take turns guessing until someone gets it. Whoever guesses correctly starts the next spy-turn.
One person thinks of a famous person, place or thing. Everyone else is allowed to ask the player 20 questions which can only be answered ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ Whoever guesses correctly becomes the next person to think of something.
I am sure you know this one! Each player sequentially works through the alphabet looking for something that starts with a specific letter. For example: A might be apple tree or a word on a sign. Once a player finds an A word, they move onto B. (Have fun with Q, X and Z!) The first rider to work through the alphabet wins. Variation: Use only letters found on billboards, or letters on license plates.
If you are in more rural areas where cars aren’t abundant, try the animal game. Keep on the lookout for animals and when you see one be the first to make the animal sound. For example if you saw a cow you would say “moooo.” The first person to make the animal sound wins a point.
Choose an item such as Volkswagen bugs, farms, people taking walks, silos, etc. Then choose a number like 5 or 20 depending on the length of your drive. See who can find the designated number of the chosen item first.
One rider hums a song and the other passengers try to guess. The person who guesses goes next. The first one to guess three songs correctly wins.
Hit the “scan” button on your radio until it stops on a song. The first person to guess the artist wins.
This isn’t so much a game but a way not to fight over music! The first person to take a turn goes through the dial until they find a song they like. You then listen to that song until completed. Then the next rider does the same, etc., etc. The only rule is that if you go all the way through the dial without finding a song you like then you need to listen to the last song you land on or lose a turn.
While the radio is off, each rider chooses a word. Turn the radio on. The winner is the person whose word is spoken or sung first.
Sing-along games are some of the most memorable times you can have with your kids in the car. I mean who doesn’t love “Baby Shark?!”
One passenger starts a story with a single sentence. Then the next person adds a sentence. Continue until you build a complete story.
Choose a topic such as animals, places, television shows, people, fruit, etc. Name something in your category. If you choose animals you might say “panda.” The next player has to name an animal that starts with the last letter of your animal. In this example, their animal would have to start with the letter “A” such as “alligator.” Play continues until someone can’t think of a word. They are then eliminated. When you have only 1 person left, they are the winner. You cannot use any animal name twice. (If you are playing with real young children, let them have the handicap of being able to use the same word twice).
Choose a topic such as vegetables, board games, television shows, cities, types of cereal, flowers, movies, etc. Then we name something within that category. For example for vegetables, the first player might say “Cheerios.” Then the next player names a cereal. Play continues until someone can’t think of an item, then they are “out.” Play continues until there is only one person left.
Someone picks a word to start with, such as “ball.” The next player has to come up with a word that rhymes. Play continues until someone cannot think of a rhyming word.
Choose a person that you all know, example, “Sara.” Then start with a phrase about that person that uses only the first letter of her name such as “Sara says strawberries…” take turns adding “S” words with as few “connectors” as possible (a connector is a word that doesn’t start with S) to see how silly of a tongue twister you can create!
Call out the numbers on the license plate and see who can add up the numbers the quickest. For example D572-43X – players would have to calculate 5+7+2+4+3. Whoever answers correctly gets a point. The one who reaches 5 points first is the winner. (No calculators allowed.)
Make a “mixed” car board and include different types of items on the card such as:
● Fire truck
● Stop light
● Grocery store
● National Historic Monument
● Lake or Pond
● Police Car
Then you have the kids point them out and cover them on the board – think bingo!
(You will need either a timer or watch with a second hand)
Choose a topic and then talk for 60 seconds straight without repeating yourself or pausing. One point is awarded if you accomplish the goal. Take turns playing to a designated number of points depending on the length of your drive. If someone makes it 30 seconds, award them ½ a point.