Family Friendly Roadtrip Car Games
Going on a road trip? If you and your family will be in the car for any length of time, you’ll want to have an arsenal of car games ready!
Car games have long been cherished as good free entertainment for the children and sometimes those competitive adults too. Some can be played without pen and paper but you should always carry along a notebook such as a spiral bound for road trips. Here are three simple games to pass the time while on your road trip.
‘O’ is for Only!
The Alphabet Game
I wonder how many parents always win the Alphabet game? The Alphabet game may be the most popular and oldest of car games. Rules are subjective to family values. If your family has high regard for competition, make the rules much harder. Although we are not a particularly competitive bunch, we always require the letter being sought could only come from the first letter of the word currently being viewed.
Basic rules for the Alphabet game
The object of the game is to locate, verbally, all 26 letters of the alphabet
Words must be found outside of the vehicle you are traveling in. For instance; the letter ‘A’ would be announced first by saying, ‘A’ for Ambulance, because you just saw an ambulance.
Letters must be found in consecutive order only
Your family can make up their own rules. Maybe you have younger children, just learning their alphabet and you will be much pleased for them to recognize the letter anywhere in a word. Then do not require that the current letter must be the first letter of the search word. All of the participating passengers may be on different letters at different times. Whoever finds all 26 letters first is the winner. When we played this game, we continued to play until all participants completed all 26 letters. This is where teamwork comes in, don’t it make you proud! A parent can hope, right! My daughter loved to play this game when she was a little girl. We were once sitting at a drive through window when she announced, ‘B’ for Beaver Eggs! (beverages)
License Plate Game
This game is really easy and in fact can be played concurrently with any other games.
Pen and paper needed for this game
The object of the game is to find license plates from as many different states as possible.
Write down the state name each time you see a different state tag
- You may want to write them in alphabetical order for easier tracking. A nice twist to this game is to make tic marks by the state names and calculate how many from each state you actually saw once the road trip ends.
Name The Capitals
The object of the game is to name as many state capitals as possible.
Free Printable list of All 50 States and their Capitals (Opens in a new window. Print as many copies as you like)
Road Trip Scavenger Hunt
The object of the game is to complete as many items as possible from the list of objects pre-determined.
Enjoy this Free Printable list for your road trip!
Free Printable Scavenger Hunt Here (Opens in a new window, print as many as you like)
Enjoy your road trip with the family by playing these family friendly car games to pass the time quickly. What car games are popular with your family?
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