These (absolutely free!) car games will entertain your kids on long road trips.
Regarding road trips with your children, there are plentiful options to make time full of fun for you as well as your child in the car. The next time you are on the road again, you can try these fun and best car games for kids.
1. The License Plate Game
Age Group 5 & Above: Create a group to spot tags from all 50 states. Whoever sees the state’s license plate and calls, he first receives a point. Bonus points for the first person to spy on Canadian tag. The person with the highest score wins.
2. Healthy Competition
Age Group 6 & Above: Although not really a “car” game, this activity is perfect for long road trips. To balance the lazy nature of the day, have children indulge in athletic challenges at rest stops. See who can do the most sprints, push-ups, or jumping jacks jump in a minute.
3. I Spy
Age Group 8 & Above: This easy-to-learn game is perfect for little ones which can entertain them for unbelievably long periods of time. The directions are very easy: One person spies something and recites the line which ends in a clue. Everyone else takes turns doing efforts to guess the mystery thing.
4. Road Trip Bingo
Age Group between 5-10 years: This enjoyable game combines bingo with a scavenger hunt. Give each child a flat surface like a clipboard or hardcover book to put on his/her lap. Each player receives a free printable bingo card and a zip-lock bag with 16 pennies. When a player spies an item on his card, he covers the photo with a penny. Like regular bingo, the first player to cover all the squares in a straight line wins.
5. Tic Tac Toe
Age Group 3 & Above: You only need two players and a pencil to play this popular game. Player one places an x on the grid, while the other player i.e. Player two plots an O. They will continue to take turns long as one player has three across. Give your children lots of copies of printable tick template and let them enjoy! This is one of the cool car games for kids.
6. 20 Questions
Age Group 8 & Above: This is an easy game and great for young kids because of it’s not so complicated rules. In this game, a single person secretly thinks of an animal, mineral, or vegetable. After this rest of the players ask a yes or no questions, such as “Can it fly?” Or “Does it grow in the ground?” After the players have asked 20 questions, each player gets an opportunity to guess.
7. Connect the Dots
Age Group Between 4-8 years: Why is it that all the best games are so easy? This “Make a Box” game works best when each player uses a different color pencil or crayon. You will find a quick set of guidelines or directions on a free printable connect-to-dots game sheet.
8. Spot the Car
Age Group 5 & Above: This scavenger hunt is a fun option for a license plate game. Instead of looking for different states, you are looking for different car models. Just enjoy the printable game sheet to catch the family car scavenger prey.
9. Story Time
Age Group 8 & Above: Get the invention of creating a fairy tale. The first person starts with “Once upon a time…” and provides a complete sentence, the other person connects to the story with their sentence. This continues with each person as long as the story does not reach a conclusion. You can either set a time limit (15 minutes) or you can make a goal of wrapping it after every person has the opportunity to say 3 sentences. Have a record of story time on your phone and have someone translate it afterward to have a record of the story you had written as a family.
Ages 6 & Above: You will get to know your child better by having them answer hypothetical questions like “What would you do if you won the lottery?” or “What if you can have a superpower? Why?” let everyone have a turn to answer the question and give rewards for the funniest, most innovative, most understanding, etc. answers.
11. The Alphabet Game
Age Group 5 & Above: First one person selects the right-hand side of the road, and someone else the left side. Each player looks for letters of the alphabet, which appear on the signs or license plates in their favor or on their side. The game object is to indicate all letters of the alphabet, respectively, from A to Z. Whosoever is the first one to spot the entire alphabet wins.
12. The Animal Name Game
Ages 6 and up: One person gives a name to an animal. Then every person has to give the name to another animal (do not repeat!) Which starts with the last letter of the previous animal named. In this game, there’s no winner or loser. Try games with older kids, also try the game with TV shows, or geographical categories such as cities or countries.
13. The Theme Song Game
Age Group 5 & Above: A solo person buzz the tune to a favorite TV show, and everyone else tries to name the show as quickly as possible. The first person guessing correctly hums the next song.
14. Secret Place Race
Ages 7 & Above: One person sees a road map and finds a small town, village, river etc. That person declares the name of the place he has chosen. The second player has 60 seconds to look on the map and try to spot the secret place.
15. Restaurant Race
Age Group 5 & Above: Each player chooses a restaurant, such as Burger King, Taco Bell, McDonald’s etc. Players earn points after seeing their restaurant outside the road, on the billboard, on exit markers, on the Food/Fuel signs, or listening to it mentioned on the radio. Demand a timeline, let say 20 minutes- and then add points. It’s is one of the best road trip games for kids.
Ages 4 and up: A child in a secret voice tells a story for someone else in the car. That person whispers the same story – as close to the word-for-word recount as possible to a third person and so on. The last person to hear the story repeats it in a loud voice so that everyone can hear. Constantly, some of the stories will have been lost in the translation and as a result, the mixed-up message usually motivates a good laugh.
17. Memory Test
Ages 6 & Above: Player One says “A is for —” filling in the blank with any word starting with the letter A, such as “apple.” Player Second comes up with a word for the letter B, such as “book,” but must also repeat the “A” word: “A is for apple, B is for book.” Carry on through the alphabet, each person taking many turns and reciting more and more letters and words. Till you reach letter Z, you will recite the whole alphabet and its matching words. However, if you are playing with young children, then you would like to choose an earlier alphabet than the letter Z to be the final one. This is one of the best car games for kids.