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Taking a road trip with kids can be both fun and challenging. Keeping little ones entertained during long car rides is a must for maintaining sanity. Fortunately, road trip games can turn hours on the road into a fun-filled experience.

In this blog post, we’ll explore 10 engaging road trip games perfect for kids. These fun car games help pass the time while encouraging creativity, learning, and family bonding.

Let’s hit the road and discover some fun games to play. Hopefully, they will keep your kids entertained until your next rest stop!

The License Plate Game

The License Plate Game is a classic road trip activity that never gets old. The goal is simple. Spot as many different state license plates as possible.

To make it more exciting, you can give each state a point value, with rarer states earning more points. This game encourages kids to stay awake. It also sharpens their observation skills.

You can also turn it into a friendly competition by seeing who can spot the most states by the end of the trip.

I Spy

“I Spy” is a timeless favorite that engages kids’ observation and critical thinking skills. One person chooses an item they can see and says, “I spy with my little eye, something that is (color or shape).”

The other players take turns guessing what it is until someone gets it right. To keep the game going, the person who correctly guesses the object is the next “spy.”

This game is perfect for encouraging kids to notice their surroundings and practice descriptive language.

20 Questions

20 question marks

20 Questions is a fantastic game for stimulating kids’ curiosity and logical thinking. One player thinks of an object, and the other players have up to 20 yes-or-no questions to guess what it is.

Start with broader questions like, “Is it a living thing?” or “Is it something we use every day?” and then narrow it down.

This game is great for older kids who enjoy a bit of a challenge and can lead to some hilarious and unexpected guesses.

The Alphabet Game

The Alphabet Game is perfect for keeping kids busy while building their alphabet skills. Players take turns finding words on signs, billboards, or license plates that start with each letter of the alphabet. Go in order from A to Z.

The first player to complete the entire alphabet wins. For a challenge, pick one category, such as animals or foods.

This game enhances kids’ vocabulary and makes them more aware of their surroundings.

Would You Rather?

“Would You Rather?” is a fun and sometimes silly game that sparks interesting conversations. One player asks a pretend question, such as, “Would you rather have the ability to fly or be invisible?”

The other players must choose one option and explain why. This game encourages kids to think creatively and express their opinions.

This game is a great way to learn more about each other’s personalities.

Road Trip Bingo

travel bingo cards

Road Trip Bingo adds a twist to the traditional bingo game by using items you might see on a road trip. Create bingo cards with pictures or words representing common sights, such as farm animals, road signs, or gas stations.

When someone spots an item on their card, they mark it off. The first player to get five in a row wins. You can find printable Road Trip Bingo cards online or make your own for a personalized touch.

This game keeps kids engaged in their surroundings.

Story Chain

Story Chain is a fun game that builds creativity and storytelling skills. One person starts a story with a single sentence, and the next player continues the story with another sentence.

The story continues to grow as each player adds their part, often leading to hilarious and unexpected twists. This game can continue for as long as you like. Creating a story together is a great way to pass the time, bond, and foster imagination.

The Quiet Game

The Quiet Game is a parent’s secret weapon for a few moments of peace. The rules are simple—the person who stays quiet the longest wins.

While it may sound like a trick to keep kids silent, it can be a fun and challenging game for them. To make it more interesting, you can offer a small prize to the winner.

This game is perfect when you need a little break from the noise.

Name That Tune

Name That Tune is a musical game enjoyed by kids and adults alike. One player hums or whistles a tune, and the others try to guess the song.

You can also use a playlist of favorite songs and take turns playing short snippets for others to identify. This game not only entertains but also introduces kids to different genres of music.

Car Color Hunt

Car Color Hunt

Car Color Hunt is a simple, engaging game for kids of all ages. Each player chooses a car color, and the goal is to spot the most cars of that color during the trip.

You can set a time limit or play until you reach your destination. Keep track of the count, and the player with the most sightings wins.

This game sharpens kids’ observation skills and adds a fun competition to the trip.

Safe Travels!

Including these 10 fun road trip games in your travel plans will create memorable experiences and strengthen family bonds.

Safe travels from your friends at Learn Bright!

For more ideas check out:

Scavenger Hunts

Mad Libs

Trivia Questions

or any of our popular lesson plans and videos!