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If you are on a long road trip with kids there are a few things you will need to pack for a family road trip. If you are bored of screen time, then some fun road trip games for kids that parents will want to join in with will be on that list.
These games for the car are perfect for a family road trip, and a lot are absolutely free. Revisit old classics and discover new family favorites games to play in the car with kids, whatever their age. For some specific travel toys ideas for babies and toddlers see this post.
1. The Alphabet Game
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This classic travel game doesn’t require any resources or pre planning. Players attempt to find words starting with every letter of the alphabet, going in order from A to Z. for anything they spot outside of the car.
A great travel version of this game, which is more for older kids, is where each player has to finish the sentence using the specific letter. So player one could say,” I’m flying to Australia and the the other players respond with, “what will you do there?’ and player one answers, ” I’m going to look for ant -eaters.
One person begins with a single noun eg horse and the next person has to say the first word they think of which is related to a horse, eg, stable or animal.
Then the next person, continues with another connection, eg, hay or goat and so on. The game finishes when no one can connect a word.
3. Rainbow Spotto
All players work together and start with the colour red to find 5 red things, and then 5 orange things and so on, until they complete the rainbow. When they find the item, eg a red car, they need to say, ‘Spotto, red car!
4. Twenty Questions
Players take a turn to think of an object, person or animal. The other players have 20 questions to work out what or who it is. The answers can only be yes or no. A super easy but one of the best car travel games.
5. Add-on Story
One person begins a story, with just a sentence or two, but stops mid sentence.. The next person continues the story in their own words, and repeat with each player for an often hilarious tale.
6. Memory Test
The first person says, ‘A is for ___’ and fills in the space with any noun beginning with ‘A’, the second person continues with B, eg banana but must also recall what was said for A, eg, Armchair, Banana…
7. Three Words
Choose 3 words for the player, who then has to make up a story including those three words.
8. Cow on My Side
This simple kids’ road trip game is perfect for little ones to join in when you are driving through the countryside. When you see cows on your side of the road, yell “Cows on my side!” You get a point for each time you spot cows . If you spot cows on the opposite side, you can yell “Cows on your side!” and steal a point from your opponent. Passing a cemetery? The first person to yell “Ghost cow!” steals all the other side’s points.
For magnetic travel games for toddlers, these suggestions may prove useful too!
What family car games are your favorite? Let me know in the comments (and the rules too!)
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