Summer time means family time in our home! Our favorite way to spend quality time together is to go out and experience new things together. This makes road trips a pretty often occurrence in our household. I grew up in a family that worked for the airlines and had flight privileges. So, imagine my surprise when we were a young couple taking our first road trip. A few hours was torture for me! I needed entertainment and I didn’t want it in the form of playing on my phone! I wanted engagement with people in the car so as our family has grown and our trips have increased I am compiled our favorite games for families to play during road trips!
1. The ABC Game
This game could take many shapes and it not only passes time but it is great for kids to use their brains! You pick a topic and each family member takes a turn naming something with that letter. Example: The Food Game (apples, banana, carrot, dill pickles, etc..) But, you can choose any topic such as places, animals, occupations. Base it on your families interests and age levels. Even my two year old enjoys that she can participate!
2. Once Upon a Time…
This game always leaves my kids in stitches and often makes me scratch my head of how they thought of it! But, this game gives a unique insight into the minds of your mini travel mates! This game starts out with the beginning, “Once Upon a Time…” The first person sets up the story in one sentence. Each family member takes a turn in adding onto the story one sentence at a time. Our stories have ranged from adventurous tales of bravery, princesses that save the day and everything in between.
3. I Spy Bingo
Save the above picture and print out a few copies and come up with the things you may see on your road trip. If you know where you are going make them site specific! If not choose license plates, car colors and types, signs, animals or anything that your family is interested in.Prefill these out for your family or let them choose their own spots. Prizes could be choose the radio station for 15 minutes, choose our next pit stop snack, etc…
4. Make your Own Personalized Crossword Puzzle
My kids love puzzles especially when they are a part of the clues. Using Free Crossword Puzzle Creator I can put into 50 words and clues for my kids to figure out. You can make this about your family, about your trip or anything that your family might be into. Here is an example of the one that I have created for my kids.
5. Name that Tune
With Bluetooth, satellite radio, our phones and our fm stations the options for music for road trips has never been easier! One of our favorite games is name that tune. If you have a playlist on your phone put in on shuffle and have a blast trying to name that tune. We give points for knowing the artist, the title of the song and for knowing the words. If it songs that maybe your kids don’t know divide up into teams or have them be score keepers. My kids are like my husband and I in the fact that we love a good competition and they love going head to head against each other in good fun!
6. 20 Questions
Now, before I lose you parents…I hear that you don’t want to be asked 20 questions. Most likely on a road trip you have already heard close to 50 before you have made your first pit stop. But, a few years ago my oldest got one of these games in her stocking and now we keep in the console in the car. It is amazing out accurate it gets within its 20 questions. Leave the questions up to this little guy and let your kids be amazed and entertained by it s guessing abilities!
7. Guess Who
They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and if that is true than this game really honors your family members. Have everyone in the car pick out a family member and have the kids do an impression of them and have the rest guess who am I. Or make a list of kids favorite characters and let them act it out for guesses. I promise you, that not only will you be entertained but you will get a fun glimpse at how they see others!
8. License Plate Game
I found this awesome chart here The best part of this game is that it has pictures to help the kid without your constant help!
9. Get to Know Me Game
This game let kids do what their little minds are best at, talk about themselves!
1.What makes you happiest?
2.What is your favorite sport to play?
3.What are your three favorite foods?
4.Where is one place you’ve never been that you would like to go?
5.What do you like best quality in a friend?
6.If you could only see five animals at the zoo what would you choose?
7.If you could choose your meals for one day, what would you choose?
8.What is your favorite season? Why?
9.What is your favorite color?
10.If you could trade places with someone for a day, who would it be?
10. The Alphabet Hunt
Start at A and find things that either start with each letter of the alphabet or signs that have your letter on it! The catch on signs is that you can only use each sign for one letter! This road trip game will keep kids busy as well as their eyes peeled out the windows for a long stretch of time!
I hope that you enjoyed our list of the best road trip games for families!
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