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21 Best Road Trip Games to Play in the Car for Kids in 2021
Wondering how you’re going to keep the kids entertained on the next family road trip? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! We’ve put together a list of the best road trip games for kids that will make the next car adventure seem like a breeze.
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So, if you’re having a hard time thinking up ways to pass the time, keep reading. We’ve done the research and compiled a list of fun road trip games to play with the kids.
You can also check out our guide to planning the ultimate road trip for more fun things to do in the car. See our suggestions below!
1. Name the Artist
The first person to name the artist or group when a song comes on the radio gets a point. Keep playing until you reach your destination and whoever has the most points at arrival, wins. Need a great playlist? Check out our dance party tracks on Spotify here.
2. The License Plate Game
The goal is to spot as many license plates from different states as you can. Whoever sees a plate first and calls it gets to color it in on their map. The person with the most states colored in at the end, wins.
3. The Grocery Game
Choose your first player and ask them to think of an item you can purchase at the grocery store. Everyone else in the car takes turns guessing what it might be by asking a question. Is it something you would find in the frozen food aisle, perhaps? No? Guess again!
4. What Color is It?
Have the adults in the family list a bunch of things that are the same color. For example, they may say “fire engines, apples, stop signs…” They should keep going until the kids yell out, “Red!” Remember, road trips are long. The more items you list, the better!
5. Alphabet Game
Keep an eye out for road signs! The objective here is to find a word on each sign you pass that begins with each letter of the alphabet, starting from the beginning (“A” for Arby’s, and so on). Call them out as you drive by. First one who gets to Z, wins!
6.Road Trip Scavenger Hunt
Print out our Scavenger Hunt game card, one per player. First one to complete their card wins.
7. Punch Buggy
An ol’ fashion road trip favorite! See who can spot the most punch buggies, also known as the Volkswagen Beetle, on the road! When you see one, shout it out and include the color of the car (Yellow punch buggy!). Those kinds of sightings are worth one point.
Classic bugs are worth 2, and vans worth 5. Rare models, such as “Herby the Love Bug” are worth a whopping ten! Whoever has the most points by the time you reach your destination wins. Remember, the game doesn’t end until the car is parked!
8. I Spy
Because this one is already so well known, it won’t take a lot of instruction to learn how to play. The first person selects something either on the road or in the car without revealing what it is to the rest of the players in the car. Then they must repeat the phrase, “I spy with my little eye something that begins with the letter …” as it relates to the answer.
The other passengers then try to guess what it might be. While it’s not the most complex car game out there, it is a great way to help young kids develop their spelling and grammar skills, particularly those who are still getting familiar with the alphabet.
9. 20 Questions
We’ll admit that when driving through long stretches of rural area, “I Spy” might not be the best choice to entertain the kids with. 20 Questions, on the other hand, offers endless opportunities for road trip entertainment and is a great choice for games for long car rides.
Pick out a person, place or thing. Everyone in the car can take turns asking yes-or-no questions about what it is, or who it is, you may be thinking of. No two people should ask the same question, and no one can answer more than 20 questions.
Whoever guesses the mystery object first goes next!
10. Triple Threat
Next on the list of road trip games to play on car rides is the Triple Threat. Here, the adults must choose three nouns, like “plate,” “monkey” and “snow,” for example. The kids have to create a story that includes all three things. Be warned: things will get very silly, very fast.
11. Category ABCs
As far as games for a car ride go, this one is pretty straightforward. Have the first player choose a category and name something that begins with the letter A.
The next person does the same, only their answer should begin with the letter B. The next person is in charge of letter C, and so on. Some examples for the “food” category include Apples, Broccoli, Cookies…
12. Car Color Search
A perfect game for younger kids. Print out one game card per child and let them circle the car colors as they spot them.
13. Would You Rather
Here’s another kid-friendly exercise: Choose one person to think of a question. For instance, Would you rather be the funniest person alive, or the smartest person alive?
You can direct these questions to everyone in the car or take turns providing answers. Of course, when it comes to playing these types of games in a car, it’s important to make sure you’re well prepared.
You can always print out some questions ahead of time to make sure you don’t run out of ideas when on the road.
14. In My Suitcase
Why not sprinkle a fun memory game into your road trip experience? The first person starts by saying, “I’m going on vacation and I packed…” Finish the sentence with any item that begins with the letter A.
The next player must repeat the sentence said by the first player and add an item to the list beginning with the letter B. Keep going and see how many letters you can get through before someone forgets!
15. Name the Most…
Decide on a category and go around the car to see how many related items you can name. For example, you can start with Disney princesses or characters from a specific movie.
You can up the competition a bit by having the passengers bet on who can name the most within the shortest amount of time. If challenged, each opponent must provide an answer within 5-10 seconds. Whoever gets stumped first, loses.
16. Sing Along Challenge
Looking for games that carry a little rhythm? Look no further. To play, one person starts singing a line from a popular song. Passengers must pay attention to the last word sung.
The next person to sing a line must make sure it begins with the same word. See how long it takes until someone gets stuck!
17. The Movie Game
Here’s another fun game to play during a long car ride. Have someone in the family suggest a letter. For instance, if they chose to begin with T, then everyone else in the car must think of movies that begin with T, as in Toy Story and so on.
Once you get through that category, you can begin moving through the alphabet.
In need of a few more fun car games to get you through the drive? Get everyone in the car to respond to a series of hypothetical questions, like, “What would you do if you won the lottery?”. Or, “If you could transform into any kind of animal, what would it be?”.
Brownie points for whoever provides the most creative answers!
19. Count the Animals
For this game, you must name a series of objects or animals to look out for when on the road. You can choose any number of things, from cows to road signs to yellow cars and more.
Keep a tally of every object on the list that you spot. Whoever has the most points by the end of the road trip wins!
20. Top 10 Game
This one can be applied to almost any subject. Into cars? Have the family come up with the top 10 favorite models. Maybe you’re a musical fanatic. Ask everyone in the car to volunteer their favorites until you get to 10.
Any Robert Pattinson fans in the family? Come up with his top 10 roles!
21. Backseat Bingo
Looking for more fun games to play in the car? Check out this next activity. Before you hit the road, print out these bingo cards. They have different sheets available for different areas, so print according to where you’re traveling.
Each player should take a good look at their cards and keep their eyes on the road to spot items along the way. The first player to cross out a horizontal, vertical or diagonal line of their bingo sheet, wins!
We hope you enjoyed our list of road trip games to play in the car! Don’t forget to take photos along the way and share on social media. Tag us in the fun! Check back in with us soon for more things to do with the family.
Each week, we’re bringing you some original ideas on how to have family fun at home, at the lodge and when you travel.
45+ Brilliant Road Trip Games for Your Next Long Car Ride
Road trip games can save your sanity when the path is winding and there is no end in sight. As a family of five, we often travel by car, and although I do allow my kids screen time on long car rides, playing travel games can make memories along the way, and many have a hidden educational agenda too.
We’ve done the bulk of the work for you with this list of 45+ awesome travel games to play in the car. Did we miss your favorite? Let us know.
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BEST ROAD TRIP GAMES USING ONLY YOUR IMAGINATION
- I’m going on a picnic. This game used to confuse me, but now I think I've got it! Here's the gist: you can go on a picnic and take something that begins with the first letter of of the alphabet. The next person repeats all the previous letters, and then adds an item that corresponds to the next letter. If you're the fourth person in the game, you might have to say, "I'm going on a picnic and I 'm bringing an apple, a bronco, a candle and a dog. Not only is this our favorite road trip game, it's also the one we play in restaurants that take a while to bring out the food!
- Would you Rather. You can learn a lot about your car mates with this car game. Would you rather…jump off a cliff or eat a spider? Come up with your own questions, or purchase a deck of cards that will do it for you.
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- 20 Questions. You have 20 questions to figure out what somebody else in the car is thinking. Start broad and get more specific as you go – Is it an animal, vegetable or mineral? Is it furry, green, or hard?
- I-Spy. Sharpen your kids power of perception with this game. Find something and have them guess what it is you found. Give the kids clues until they figure it out. I spy with my little eye….something blue. Round. Smooth. Remember, you can only ask yes or no questions! You can also get I-Spy books.
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- Fortunately/Unfortunately. This one is pretty simple and fun. It’s a progressive story with a catch – each person adds a sentence to the story, but must start that sentence with fortunately or unfortunately, alternating as you go. So Jim went to the store for a drink. Unfortunately it was closed. Fortunately he found a soda machine. Unfortunately it didn’t take dollar bills. Keep alternating fortunate and unfortunate situations. You get the idea.
- Word Association. What do you think of when I say Spiderman? That’s how you start word association. The first person says something and the next person has three seconds to associate the word with something else. So, Spiderman, Batman, Robin, Bird, parakeet, pet. See? If someone takes longer than three seconds, or the word they say doesn’t make sense, they are out.
- Cows on my Side. This one is my father’s favorite game. It also sharpens your math skills. Count the cows on your side of the road. Pass a cemetery, lose all your cows and start over.
- Name that Tune. For the musically inclined family, hum a little tune. Can you guess this tune in 10 notes? 5? The person who can name that tune in the fewest notes wins.
- Rock, paper, scissors. It’s an oldie but a goodie, and my kids can play forever. Pound your fist three times than come up with a fist for rock, index and middle finger for scissors and a flat hand for paper. Rock crushes scissors. Scissors cut paper. Paper covers rock.
- Team Story Telling. One of my favorite memories with my kids was telling a progressive story around the campfire. It involved an elephant that laid cheesecake eggs. To play this game, have one person start the story and then the next has to pick up where they left off. You never know where things will go.
- Slug Bug. Punch buggy. Beetle. Lesli’s kids call it Slug Bug. My boys say Punch Buggy. When I was little my brother and I called it Beetle. No matter what you call it, this road trip game is all about spotting Volkswagen Bug cars. My boys have added elements too, like ‘punch buggy, no punch backs” then “security safe in a shell,’ whatever that means. And for some reason, a convertible is worth two punches. Unless my husband is involved and he says it only counts as one and vintage bugs are the only thing that counts as two.
- Who am I? This is a guessing game where players use yes and no questions to guess the identity of a famous person. So you might ask Is it a woman? No. Was he ever president? Yes. Was he a general? Yes Did he live in Virginia? Yes. Is he George Washington? Yes.
- Animal Name Game. Each person says their name and an animal that starts with the same name (Sue the salamander). The next person says all the names before them and adds their own. If they mess up – the game starts a new.
- Alphabet Game. This classic road trip game is a fun game to play for all ages, because anyone can play as long as they can identify letters A-Z outside their window! The game is played by finding all 26 letters of the alphabet on things that you pass as you are going down the highway, in order, from A to Z. Check out billboards, roadside signs, license plates, restaurant signs -- anything! -- and once you see the next letter, call it out. You can work together as a group, and play as long as you want.
- Telephone. Tell the person next to you a secret, and have them pass it on. When it gets to the driver, have him say it out loud. You’ll laugh at how the message has changed.
- License Plate Game. You can play this a number of ways. Go through the alphabet A-Z or Z-A using the letters on the license plates you pass on the road. For more advanced players, try to spell words. You can also do this with road signs.
- City, Country, River. Pick a letter from the alphabet and come up with a city, country and river that start with the letter. For example ‘S’ could be City: Salzburg, Country: Sweden, River: Shenandoah.
- Bob the Memory Builder. Can you remember all the items needed at the store? The first person goes to the store and gets something that begins with A - probably apples. The second person goes to the store and gets apples, but also something that begins with B - bananas anyone? The third person goes to the store and gets apples, bananas and so on.
- How Long is the Tunnel. When I was a kid we visited my grandparents in NYC and always had to go through the Holland Tunnel. Right before we'd all pick a number, then as soon as we got into the tunnel, we'd start to count. Whoever got closest without going over won. Of course, my brother the cheater would always slow down or speed up so he'd be the winner. This is one of my favorite games to play with my kids.
- First One to See it Gets a Nickel. This game is quick and works best on familiar routes. My father would announce the first person to see the Delaware Memorial Bridge gets a nickel. (Not sure how many kids would do anything for a nickel now, so you may want to up that amount.) Of course, my dad knew exactly where to look and was the first to find it every time, but we always looked and it broke up the boredom for a tiny bit.
EDITOR'S TIP: Still trying to figure out where to go on your road trip? I recommend a stop at the beach, or one of these East Coast destinations.
Need help packing? Try this Road Trip Essentials List from my friend Kim.
FUN ROAD TRIP CAR GAMES THAT ONLY REQUIRE PEN AND PAPER
- Tic Tac Toe. Go first and start in the corners and you’ll win every time. If you don't want to have a pen in the car, you can try this magnetic version.
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- Connect the Dots. This was always one of my favorite games and you can make the board as big or small as you want. Just put dots in rows and try to make a box. When you do, put your initial inside. As long as you can make a box, you keep going. Person with the most boxes wins.
- Hangman. The most fun you can have playing with stick figures. Tip: ask for vowels first. If you don't want to do pencil and paper, this travel hangman set by Melissa and Doug keeps all the pieces in one place, and is durable enough to withstand being stepped on in the car. This is a great word game to challenge kids at all levels (or learn a new language!)
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- Road Sign Bingo. Before heading out on your trip, print out several Bingo Sheets with road signs on them. Be careful to make sure they are all different. You don’t want to do what I did once and print off one and make copies. As you see the signs on your road trip, cross them off. First person to get an entire row wins. If you want keep going and have the full card be a winner. Don’t want to print out copies, you can purchase a Road Sign Bingo game.
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- Cootie Catcher Fortune Teller. OMG my kids LOVED these. Once they learned how to make them, it was a constant – “Mom, pick a number.” Here is a template for making your own fortune teller. If you don’t want to do that, here are some pre-made fortune tellers.
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- Battleship. This two player game is perfect for the back seat. Take along some graph paper and label across with letters and down with numbers, then draw your ships on the board. See who can sink the others battleships first. The Hasbro Battleship game is also pretty portable, but all those pegs could be an issue in the car.
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Note: Looking for some games that will work once you arrive at your destination? Check out 100 Games to Play on a Family Vacation from our friend Kirsten.
FAMILY ROAD TRIPS GAME PURCHASES YOU WON'T REGRET
- Mad Libs. This is one of my favorites! Not only is it hysterical to read the stories, but kids learn the parts of speech. You can find a Mad Libs for any interest as a road trip car game. My boys love the Star Wars-themed ones.
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- Travel Bingo. Take the classic bingo game on your road trip with special auto bingo cards. Each card has a slide close, so you don't have any pieces to worry about, and instead of numbers and letters, you are looking for roadside features like a church or a school.
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- Travel Doodle. The pen is attached to the board, so there are no parts to lose. Kids can draw whatever they like, then swipe right to erase it and start over.
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- Travel Memory. My kids and I used to love to play the memory match game. Toymakers Melissa and Doug have created a mobile version that is a bingo type gameboard with squares that slide back. If you make a match, leave the slider open.
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- Sticker Books. Kids love stickers. You can get books that will tell a story, or just books with their favorite characters. I’ve found a plain sheet of paper works well too.
Preview Product Price Highlights Hidden Pictures Sticker Fun Sticker Books for Kids Ages 3-6, 4-Pack, 64 Pages - Volume 2 $29. 99 Buy on Amazon
- Colorforms. Don’t want stickers stuck all over your car? Try colorforms. These plastic ‘stickers’ don’t have an adhesive side so they adhere to the colorforms board, but don’t get stuck on anything else.
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- Travel Scavenger Hunt Card Games. Go on a scavenger hunt right in your car. Find a red car, a stop sign, the letter Z.
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- Spot It! On the road. Spot It! is one of our favorite games and we play it with just adults too. This simple card game uses symbols, no words, so even small children can play. There are five games you can play with one set of cards, but our favorite is just spotting the symbol that matches. Sounds easy, but not so much.
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- Personalogy. Not all card games are for kids. Personalogy is like the Newlywed game on the road. Predict your opponents answers to questions and you win. So If your opponent could be a fly on the wall - which event would they listen in on and why? a. A war room plotting the capture of Osama Bin Laden. b. The birth of Prince William and Kate's son? c. Michael Jackson's last concert rehearsal d. Judges panel of a finale of a reality show?
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- IQFit. For the real brainiac in your crowd. IQ fit has brain-teasing challenges that are compact and travel well.
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- Travel Chess. Although this game has a lot of pieces, they are magnetized, so they stay on the game board. You can also get Travel Checkers and Travel Backgammon too.
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- KnockKnock Game Pads. Knock Knock has different game pads that include Hangman, Tic-Tac-Toe or connect the dots. It's old school fun, and you don't have to spend 15 minutes drawing dots before you can play.
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- Travel Boggle. My mother always loved games where you had to create words. Boggle is compact game where you find as many words as you can.
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- Mazes. I always like to follow the mazes. This book will keep you busy for hours with simple, and more intricate mazes.
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- Hidden Pictures. My absolute FAVORITE feature of every Highlights magazine is the hidden picture puzzles. I used to skip right to that page every month when our magazine came. Now you can get entire books of JUST the hidden pictures
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- Loaded Questions. There are versions for kids, for juniors and even adults only - perfect for a girls weekend road trip. This game isn't a trivia game (thank goodness, I'm horrid at trivia) but simple questions like - What super power isn't so super? Hmm, maybe the ability to freeze things? Seemed to get Elsa in a lot of trouble.
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- Table Topics. This one is another question game, but there are no hidden agendas, or questions to elicit weird answers, just general conversation starters, like what was your all-time favorite vacation?
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- Tangrams. This is a great game for understanding shapes. Make different pictures using the shapes provided. Each shape is magnetized so it sticks to the book.
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- Simon. This game is fun, and easy to pass around the backseat. It's a memory game that uses electronic lights. Just be sure to bring extra batteries.
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ROAD TRIP BOOKS
- Where's Waldo. If your kids can read in the car, the Where's Waldo books are a great way to pass the time. And it's a fun challenge, no matter your age. Perhaps I like these so much because I'm such a fan of the hidden picture books.
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- LeVar Burton Kids Skybrary. If your kids get sick reading in the car, or are too young to read yet, try getting books from the former Reading Rainbow host. For adults you might want to try LeVar Burton's podcast - billed as Reading Rainbow for adults.
- Audible. Lately I've found that books on tape keep me glued to the car seat even after we've reached our destination. If you download audible, Amazon has a special where you can Try Audible and Get Two Free Audiobooks. In addition to adult titles, they also have children's books, as well as popular young adult series.
And if you need a break on your road trip, here are some ideas to find the perfect pit stop.
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3 mistakes when transporting children - we all make them (at first)
Anyone who loves to travel with the whole family knows that five minutes after the start, the children begin to languish. Of course, for a while they can be distracted by a phone or tablet, put on a selection of songs, turn on Children's Radio or an audiobook. You can stock up on children's crossword puzzles in advance and guess them together. But after some time, this will get boring, the children will want more active entertainment, and then you will need to turn on your imagination.
Fun games on the go are uplifting, and it's great if the whole family is involved.
I see what you don't see
The rules are simple. The host marks (for himself) an object in the field of view of travelers, and the task of the players is to guess it by asking a minimum of questions. Moreover, only “yes” or “no” answers are allowed. Warning: the game is addictive.
Guess people or animals
Begins: "I think you know him." And then, for example: "This animal can fly." And with the help of leading questions, you need to guess what kind of animal it is. Alternatively, you can guess someone from your family or friends. For example, this person wears glasses. The question is when do you read? Yes. The next question is is it old? No. Does he have children? Yes. That is, in this case, the answers can also be only “yes” or “no”.
Guess the song
The players alternately hum or whistle the song. Others guess its name or artist. Whoever recognizes the song first wins. Children's songs, famous pop singles, whatever musical memory has to offer will do. At the end, the guessed song can be sung together - this will cheer everyone up.
Together you are looking for a song that everyone knows. For example, "Let the pedestrians run clumsily through the puddles." The parent assigns in what mood you should perform it. For example, sad or cheerful, in the style of a march or hip-hop. Who won? Yes, who will come out funnier, although here is the case when the process is more important than victory.
I'm putting in my backpack...
The first player starts with "I'm putting in my backpack. .." and comes up with something, like a hairbrush. The next player repeats the item of the first player and adds his own - a comb and a bottle of water. The one who forgets at least one of the previous items will lose. True, it is advisable for the host to keep a list so as not to make a mistake.
"Don't take white and black, don't say 'yes' and 'no'." There is a leader and there is a player. The task of the presenter is to force the player to say forbidden words, and it is important for the player not to let it slip for as long as possible. Questions should be asked tricky, for example, it can be difficult to evasively answer the question: "What color is sugar?" or “Tell me, do you really like ice cream?” Alas, sooner or later the player lets slip, the main thing is to deftly lull his vigilance! If a word is accidentally said, the players switch roles. For reference, the first question can be answered: "The same as printer paper."
In the classic version of the game, it always started with the question: "Will you go to the ball?", but today's children may not know about balls, so you can ask any questions.
The best day of their lives
The children are asked one by one to describe how they see the best day of their lives. A serving of chocolate ice cream for breakfast instead of porridge, and then jumping on the bed to exhaustion. Then dress up and go to an amusement park, ride a ferris wheel there, go to an upside down house, eat your fill of french fries, ride a pony, and end the day in a cafe where you can get three cream cakes and a big vanilla cocktail. Or is your child's ideal day completely different? The long journey is a great opportunity to learn about it. You may be very surprised by its history, and some dreams can be realized already on vacation - at least about ice cream.
Here each player names their favorite color and then looks for it in things around. The first one to find ten objects of this color is the winner.
In the "black-black room sat a black-black man" - do you remember? Let's create stories together. The host tells the end of the story, others guess how it happened. Example: there are red shoes in the meadow, they are stained with mud, but their hostess is not around. What happened to her? This is more suitable for children 5-7 years old and older, the kids will not understand and may be scared.
10 ways to entertain your child (and yourself) on the road
And this is a game for schoolchildren: all participants receive a piece of paper and a pencil. Now they have about 10 minutes to look at the license plates of cars passing along the road. Everyone writes down five numbers of their choice without telling the other players. Then one of the adults tells the children the numbers of the cars that he sees himself. If the child already has such letters and numbers, he crosses them out of his piece of paper. Whoever crosses everything out first wins!
Or another option: you keep looking at license plates of passing cars and trying to make sentences out of them. It often turns out funny, even the baby "gets infected" and laughs along with the older children. For example: N *** TV - "You must be lying!" or M *** SK - “Misha is a super pump!” The winner is the one who quickly comes up with a coherent and funny phrase.
Who will be the first to see
And this is fun for very, very little ones. It is unpretentious - "whoever sees it first" on the road or along it. For example, a red car or a dog, a grandmother with a wand or a mother with a stroller. And believe me, this is also very exciting, especially if you say the terms funny and show them with facial expressions and gestures.
In general, it is important to choose the game that suits the age and character of your child. Good mood and fun tireless journey!
If you enjoy other games on the road, tell us about them in the comments. Let's make the second part of the publication!
12 travel games for kids and parents
“Maaam, are we here? Maaam, when will we arrive?” - familiar song? Then you definitely need travel games that will help time fly a little faster. You can, of course, remember "Cities" and "I know five names of girls", or you can try something new - for example, from our selection.
Every spring people do this - they line up in traffic jams for miles to get away from the city. And everything would be fine, but the road in the company of small children is another adventure. You can, of course, just give everyone gadgets or turn on audio fairy tales and podcasts, but you quickly get tired of them. And then they come to the rescue - games that make the road more fun, and time flies by.
"What can a letter do?"
This fun game is suitable for those who already somehow know the alphabet. And for those who don’t know, it will help to learn it in order, and at the same time significantly expand their vocabulary.
The rules are simple. One player comes up with a verb. For example, “lucky”, “teaches”, “loves”, “eats”. And all the rest, in turn, begin to come up with what this or that beech can carry or eat. It is clear that the word should begin with the main character of the horse. That is, the letter "B" will eat a bun and a baguette, learn to drum and tambourine, carry a ram and bananas. And the letter "C" will feast on stracciatella, carry meerkats and teach salsa.
This is a versatile game that can be played endlessly. "Danetka" can be digital, when some number is guessed, objective, when some object or character is guessed, and situational, when you need to get to the bottom of the truth and understand what happened.
The main thing in "Danetka" is the ability to ask questions. That is, this is not "Guess!", but a game in which each question brings you closer to the truth.
The host can only answer yes or no. You can think of a princess or a fruit, a brick or a gopher. Focus on the horizons of your children. Regularly playing "Danetka" forms an understanding that a strong question is when you can immediately cut off a lot of options, for example, to ask, is this wildlife or is it man-made? Can you pour water into this? Can this be put on?
And this game also trains the systematization of thinking and the ability to classify and sort the features of objects in a set.
Associative thinking and searching for synonyms is an excellent training. How can you explain a word without naming it? Is it possible to explain a word with one other word? Children often think of objects that they see around them, so this will be easy. But adults can come up with something more difficult.
With novice players, it is better to designate the area from which the object or object is hidden, and with those who are older, you can already play for a while. How many words can he explain in a minute? What about guessing? And don't forget to switch roles. It is easier for the smallest to guess than to explain, due to the small vocabulary, but without practice they will not succeed.
"The letter is lost"
A fun game in which you have to look for replacement items. And really, what can you dig if the letter "L" has disappeared? Well, definitely not a shovel, and a spoon is excluded. It remains a pickaxe, scoop or, for example, a knife. And where will we park the car if the letter "P" has disappeared? It will not work in the parking lot and in the field, but it will be possible to park on the lawn - however, it is worth explaining to the children that this is not very correct from an ethical point of view.
One player names any letter of the alphabet, and the rest take turns calling words for it, but only so that the whole story is obtained. And the more fantastic it is, the better. If you are playing with schoolchildren, then you can invite everyone to come up with their own story and compete in how many words each has in the story. Philologists know a wonderful example of a story that is entirely written from words starting with the letter "P" and in no way less than 500 words! Can you repeat?
Children can be given a hint: the story can be divided into sentences; to increase the number of words, you can use a number of synonyms from adjectives, and come up with names, patronymics and surnames for all characters.
Circles on the water
Every word is a whole world! After all, from each word you can grow a whole story or a small story. With preschoolers, it is better to create stories from short words in 3-4 letters. From "cat" may appear "beautiful orangutan Timothy" (pay attention to the first letters of the words in this combination). But from the "barbecue" the schoolboy will already be able to create a detective story about the "rustling African Shusha, who loved to Ykat, quack and acrobatic."
Ideally, conjunctions and prepositions should not be used, but while you and your children are just learning the rules, you can give them an indulgence.
"Oh, yes, Gingerbread Man!"
There are a lot of fairy-tale characters in the world of childhood. But what if you figure out what they could do in everyday life? Gingerbread man could work as a navigator or lead master classes on escaping from villains. Little Red Riding Hood could open her own bakery, work as a delivery man, or teach seminars on the topic "Never talk to strangers. "
Behind the apparent fun lies the pumping of analytical thinking, the development of imagination and its correlation with real life, that is, we also develop critical thinking in this way.
“All professions are important…”
A poem about “mom is a cook, what’s wrong?” everyone has taught at one point or another in their lives. But what if you come up with incredible professions? Maybe it will be a driver for a mermaid (what he will do, by the way) or a panda hugger? A comet astronaut or a balloon trainer? A profession can be the most absurd, the main thing is to figure out what a person in this profession will do.
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Imagination is the main weapon of children. Competing with them in this is simply pointless. Excellent! We play creating new animals, magical creatures and objects. To do this, we take two or three creatures as a basis and combine them in an arbitrary order. It’s better, of course, if the child has the opportunity to draw them, but you can also tell in words who the levogre (lion plus tiger), belf (squirrel plus giraffe) and korpugai (cow plus parrot) are. And the more detailed the story, the better. You can not only come up with a name for a new animal, but also write down the history of its family, habitat, what it eats, how it lives, and how it can be useful to people on the farm.
"What are we going to do about it?"
A fun game that allows you to pump up resource thinking, play hooligans and get creative. Surely you have in your car (well, or in your backpack or jacket pockets) an incredible number of unexpected items - from a toothpick to plastic cups, hair ties and broken pens. And now your task is to figure out what to do with it. Throw away do not offer. A broken ballpoint pen can be used as a straw to play air football, and it can also be used to stir and make holes for planting seeds. A plastic cup is an excellent stencil or spyglass in the game, as well as a mini-greenhouse and even a jewelry box.
"Where does an elephant get a trunk?"
Kipling's stories about the causes of the appearance of certain features in animals are usually read by children in elementary school.