11 Fun Family Road Trip Games

 

 

When you’re road tripping across the states with kids, you may need a little something other than the scenery to keep them busy. Get everyone involved in a little family fun by playing games and you’ll be surprised by how fast the miles roll by.  These road trip games are fun for the entire family!

 

1. Alphabet Game – great for awareness

The object of the game: Be the first to go through the alphabet using words found on signs only.

How to play:

  • Call out words found on signs for roads, billboards, and businesses in alphabetical order (no license plates allowed).
  • The first one to reach the end of the alphabet wins.
  • Each word can only be used by one person.

 

 

Cows On My Side (Image via Flickr by Kathleen DeMaster)
Cows On My Side – yell when you see a cow!
(Image via Flickr by Kathleen DeMaster)
2. Cows on My Side – great for awareness

The object of the game: yell when you see a cow and accrue the most points.

How to play:

  • Determine the winning point level.
  • Receive 1 point every time you see cows on your side of the road and yell, “Cows on my side!”
  • If you spot cows on the other side of the car, yell, “Cows on your side!”
  • If you yell, “Cows on your side!” before the other person spots them, you get to steal a point from them.
  • If you pass a cemetery scream, “Ghost cow,” to steal everyone else’s points.
  • The first one t reach the winning point level wins!

 

3. Grocery Alphabet Game – great for memory

Object of the game: Make it to the end of the alphabet as a team.

How to play:

  • The first person says, “I went to the store today and bought apples,” with the item starting with the letter ‘A.’
  • The second person repeats the phrase and says what the other person bought, as well as adds a new item with the next letter of the alphabet.
  • This goes back and forth, with each person repeating the entire list of what both people bought, in alphabetical order, and adding another item with the next letter.
  • If a player gets an item wrong, the game starts over.

 

4. Road Trip Bingo – great for awareness

Object of the game: be the first person to cover all of the squares in a straight line.

How to play:

  • Print a free road trip bingo card for each player ahead of time.
  • Give each player a book or hard surface, Crayon, and bingo card.
  • When players spot items on their card, mark on an X on it.
  • The first one to cover all squares in a line wins.
  • Note: You can also give the kids buttons or coins to cover the pictures with instead of using Crayons.

 

5. Storytelling – great for teamwork

Object of the game: tell a wild and wacky story as a team.

How to play:

  • The first player tells the beginning of a story.
  • Each player takes turns adding on to the story, building the story into a larger tale.
  • The story concludes when you arrive at your destination.
  • As an added bonus, the kids could write the story in a notebook or journal and illustrate it later. This would be a great souvenir!

 

6. I Spy – great for awareness

Object of the game: guess correctly what each player spies.

How to play:

  • Taking turns, each player spies something outside the window and says, “I spy, with my little eye, something blue” and says the color of the item.
  • The other player must guess what the first person is looking at. Player continues to guess until correct.

 

7. Spelling Bee – educational

Object of the game: spell words correctly.

How to play:

  • Take turns spelling a word.
  • If you spell it correctly, move on to next round.
  • Continue taking turns until one person is named the champion.

 

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The Banana Game – can you spot a yellow van? Image via Flickr by Jessica Merz
8. The Banana Game – great for awareness

Object of the game: Accrue the most points.

How to play:

  • Determine the winning point level.
  • The first person to spot and call out a yellow vehicle receives a point.
  • Play until you reach the winning level.
  • For added fun, award different points to buses (e.g. 5 points) and small cars (e.g. 2 points)

 

9. License Plate Game – great for awareness, teamwork

Object of the game: Be the first to make it to the end of the alphabet.

How to play:

  • All players work together and look for letters on license plates and must find them in alphabetical order.
  • Start over after making it to ‘Z’ or, for a bigger challenge change it up and look for double letters.

 

10. The Counting Game – great for awareness

Object of the game: Be the first to spot predetermined number of similar objects.

How to play:

  • Determine the number of objects you will count.
  • Each person selects an object and keeps track of counting all of them aloud as they spot them (i.e. telephone poles, blue trucks, cows…)
  • The first person to reach the set number wins.

 

10 Questions
10 Questions – can you guess the right answer? Image via Flickr by Colin Kinner

 

11. 10 Questions

Object of the game: Guess what the person is thinking about.

How to play:

  • The first player thinks of an object, person, or place.
  • All other players take turns asking questions until 10 questions has been reached. After each question, they try to guess what the first player is thinking of.
  • If the players guess right, it’s the next player’s turn. If no one guesses correctly, that player goes again.

 

 

Featured image via Flickr by Paul L Dineen

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Kellie Sandrik is the creator of the online magazine Hooray for Moms. She has been writing for more than a decade about everything from parenting to travel to money-saving tips and more. She is the proud mother of two boys who drive her nuts and make her fall deeper in love with them on a daily basis. Her favorite thing to do is experience new adventures with her boys and husband.
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  • October 8, 2016 at 5:39 pm
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    I love this – so important to introduce learning games with your kids. My daughter is 17 months and we’re starting to introduce some counting and colour games…Thanks for linking up to #dreamteam x

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  • September 28, 2016 at 9:04 pm
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    These are great. I play a few of these with my kids but that bingo game I think will be our new go to game. We also have quick drawing contests at rest stops which are a lot of fun. When in the city I will also pretend I’m lost and have my kids tell me where to drive. We end up in some fun places, usually done on new park days.

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