Going on a road trip can be challenging. Stuck in a moving vehicle for hours on end would drive anyone insane. Especially if you want to limit technology use for the kids. But, here are 5 games to play as you make your trek.
1. Most Likely to… Game
Remember senior superlatives? I do.
Those awkward “most likely to succeed”, “most likely to win an Oscar” or “most likely to learn another language” taglines from high school?
Recreate these for your kids with this game. Find a list online or even better-make your own! As one is spoken, point to the member of the vehicle it most applies to. With younger kids, don’t be afraid to keep it silly!
Who is most likely to dance in a grocery store? Who is most likely to become a lion tamer?
Who knows-your road trip may turn into a giggling fest. Or you may be forced to learn more about each other!
2. Find the Alphabet Game
This game holds a special place in my heart. My brothers and I used to spend hours playing on road trips.
The premise of this road trip game is simple. Get to “Z.”
Starting at “A”, look for a sign that has the letter. The one who yells it out first wins that round. With 25 letters, this game lasts awhile!
You can alter it too! For an easier version, the letter can be found in the word! For a more difficult version, only allow your kids to use a certain type of sign (billboard, exit signs, street names, etc).
3. License Plate Game
Another classic road trip favorite, this game has been passed down through generations. But, there are many variations. Find the option that is best for your kids!
The typical game requires a list of America’s states, a pen, and a focused eyesight. The goal? See as many states as possible before someone else. Where? On the license plates, of course!
Introduce vehicle types, models, or car colors to make the game move faster. Or introduce numbers that must come first on the plate!
In my family, we often shifted the game to a collaborative effort. On a road trip, everyone gets under everybody’s skin. We all get mad at each other. I mean, that happens with 5 kids…
But, working together to find as many states as soon as possible made us settle our differences…quickly.
4. Create a Story Game
One person starts with a sentence. The next has to make another sentence. Then, the third. Though simple, this game is a hit for kids. See how crazy of a story you can create! Or see if you can make a story that makes sense!
5. Going on a Picnic Game
This road trip game has two main variations.
#1: This game is great at boosting kids’ memories. The first person states ‘I’m going on a picnic and I am bringing…” and name an item. The next person must remember what they are bringing and add their own!
#2: This game is similar to the above. But, instead of it being a memory game, it is a thought provoking one. The first player picks a category in their mind. For example, red. They will then determine what they are bringing. “I am going on a picnic and I am bringing…an apple…a firehydrant, etc.” If someone can’t guess the category, keep adding an item! This variation is great, because it can be changed for kids’ ages.
If you want to keep your kids entertained on your next road trip, try these games. Your kids will love them. And you will appreciate the break from the “are we there yet?” questions road trips bring.