10 Fun Car Games for Kids to Kill the Road Trip Boredom
If you are looking for fun games to play in the car, here is a list of the best car games for kids guaranteed to keep them entertained on a road trip, or even just a short car ride.
If “Are we there yet?… Are we there yet?…” is familiar sound from the backseat of the car when you are on a road trip with the kids, you are not alone. Travelling with kids is not easy! Most kids can be impatient while in the car even if it only a short trip.
Lucky for you we have compiled some of the best car games for kids that need little or no preparation at all, and should get you to your destination with a little less stress. These are fun games to play in the car for any age!
10 Fun Car games for Kids
Here are some of our favourite car games for kids, and best road trip games to help you stress less along the way.
1. I spy
A classic car game for kids, I spy is super easy and can keep kids entertained for a while. One person starts with saying “I spy with my little eye, something beginning with… A (or another letter) ” or “I spy with my little eye something… green (or another colour). The others then need to try and guess what it is. Simple game for a road trip!
2. Don’t Say It
This is quite a competitive game to play in the car for kids. At the start of the road trip select 5 words that are not allowed to be said the entire journey. If a person says one of those words they gain a point. The person with the least points at the end of the car ride is the winner.
This is a fun game to play in the car with pen and paper. Write down a list of 20 (or 50 depending on the length of your trip) objects you could see along the way. Eg. Red van, fast food restaurant, dog, person on a bike. Etc.
Everyone keeps their eyes out the window searching for these objects crossing them off along the way. The first person to cross everything off calls BINGO and is the winner. This is fun game to play in the car on a long journey.
4. I’m going on a picnic
Another really easy game to play in the car with kids that needs no preparation. The first person starts with “I am going on a picnic and I am bringing a blanket (or another item).
The next person continues with “I am going on a picnic and I am bringing a blanket, and some apples. The next person continues with “I am going on a picnic and I am bringing a blanket, some apples, and a ball. And so on until someone can’t remember all of the items. This is one of those road trip games that can go on and on.
5. Who am I?
This is one of those games to play in the car that gets kids thinking. One person thinks of a person or animal. The others need to ask questions in order to guess what the person is thinking. Eg. How many legs do you have? Can you fly? The person who guesses correctly is then the person who thinks of the next person or animal for the others to guess.
Everyone loves a good joke! While jokes may not actually be car games for kids as such, they are still fun. Go around the car telling your favourite funny jokes. Our list of Knock Knock Jokes For Kids are sure to keep kids entertained!
Who doesn’t love to sing in the car??? There are a couple of ways to play this car game for kids. The first is where one person starts by singing the lyrics of a song, and the others have to guess it and singalong until it is finished, or until nobody knows the lyrics. The other is to mix songs. So one person sings a line of a song, then the next person sings the line of another song and so on. The singalong is one of those games to play in the car to keep things upbeat and fun.
8. Alphabet race
Another game to play in the car which involves searching your surroundings. Children have the alphabet written down on paper. Look out the window and when they spot something they write it down next to the corresponding letter. First person to finish the whole alphabet wins. This road trip game can get quite competitive!
9. Car colour game
This car game for kids needs a little prep. Draw columns on a piece of paper with colours at the top. Avoid the main colours such as white, black, red, blue. Use colours such as purple, yellow, orange, pink etc. Then as you drive along you make a tick every time you go passed a car with that colour. See how many coloured cars you can find!
Thinking about hypothetical scenarios is always a fun game to play in the car for kids. One person asks a question such as, “If you could be someone famous who would you be and why?” or “If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?”. Each person goes around answering the questions to see who has the most creative and exciting.
Ok so we added a fun extra road trip game kids will love! This is a really fun car game for kids of all ages. One person starts telling a story saying just one sentence. The next person then continues with one more sentence. Continue adding to the story and see how creative and funny you can make it.
Games to play in the car
These are some of our favourite and fun car games for kids that keep our little ones entertained on road trips. Do you have any cool games to play in the car to share? Let us know! We are always looking for the best car games for kids and we are happy to add more to our list!
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We like to play a word games. Someone starts with a word and the next person has to say a word with the last letter of that word and it continues that way till you have exhausted all ideas for that letter. No repeats
Another one is rhyming words.
Someone starts with a word and the next person has to say a word that rhymes and it goes around until your ideas are exhausted, the next person then starts with another word.
The license plate game is always fun. See how many states you can find. This could take a while since Hawaii is always a difficult one. They could also learn state nicknames, etc.
That’s a great list of ideas. I enjoyed reading it. There will be no more boring trips for kids.
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