Going on a long road trip with kids this summer? Keep them occupied during travel time with these classic car games.
The Alphabet Game
The object of The Alphabet Game is to point out all the letters of the alphabet in order, from A to Z that can be seen during the ride. One person gets the right-hand side of the road, while the other gets the left. Each player looks for letters of the alphabet that appear as the first word of signs or license plates on their side. The first person to spot the entire alphabet wins.
It can also be played as a cooperative game, with players on either side pointing out letters by turn.
One person secretly thinks of either an animal, mineral, or vegetable. The other players then take turns asking yes-or-no questions, to try and deduce what the answer is. After the players have asked 20 questions, each player gets a chance to make a guess.
Each player chooses a popular fast food chain / restaurant commonly seen along the road, such as McDonald’s or Burger King. Players earn points every time by spotting their restaurant off the road, on a billboard, on exit markers, on road signs, or whenever it is mentioned on the radio. Impose a time limit and then add up the points.
Spot the Car
The goal of the game is to collect as many cars depending on the theme decided. Each kid chooses a make, model or color for their chosen car. They each get a point every time they spot one along the road.
Road Trip Bingo
Road Trip Bingo is a great way to keep the kids occupied and looking out the window. Be sure to bring along printable bingo cards and pens or a checklist of commonly seen items during road trips, such as road signs, cows, a church, a bridge, etc. When someone spots an object from their card or list, they can mark it off. The first to get a straight line or all items on the list wins by shouting Bingo!