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The Best Road Trip Games for Kids

The Best Road Trip Games for Kids

Family road trips are the most dreaded activity for parents when they have kids along with them. Kids are always restless. Confining them in a small space such as cars can trigger their whines and cries. So, before planning a road trip with kids, it’s best to plan some entertaining games to take along the way. In this oneHOWTO article we will tell you about some road trip games for kids.

I Spy

‘I Spy’ is a simple and easy to learn road trip game. This classic game can be played for a long period of time. It is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. To play this game, follow the following instructions:

  1. Look at something and then recite the line “I spy with my little eye, something green.
  2. ” Here, green is the clue.
  3. Then ask the kids to guess what green is.
  4. Give everyone a chance to say their guess.
  5. The one who guesses right wins.
  6. The person who wins get's a chance to choose the object the rest of the kids and adults will have to guess.

Animal Name Game

If you have kids whose age is 6 years or above then the animal name game can be perfect entertainment during a road trip. To play this game, follow the instructions:

  1. Start by speaking the name of an animal.
  2. The person / kid next to you should say the name of an animal which starts with the last letter of the name of the previous animal named.
  3. Continue with the next person and make sure that no one repeats any name.
  4. If you and the kids have no more animals left then you can use the name of cities, countries, rivers and other such things.


Telephone is an extremely fun game which everyone loves. Even grownups can be a big fan of the telephone game as it always ensures a good laugh in the end. To play this game, follow the instructions:

  1. Whisper any word or sentence in the ear of the one next to you.
  2. Ask the kids or adult to whisper the same thing to the person next to him/ her.
  3. In this way continue whispering to the next person till everyone has been told.
  4. Finally ask the last person to hear the word or sentence to repeat it out loud so that everyone can hear.
  5. Usually the last person tells a funny word or gibberish because usually the original word or sentence gets lost in transition.


While driving, ask your kids to write down various common and uncommon words they come across. It can be a store name, words written behind or on side of truck or anywhere else. When they have collected enough words, ask them to make a story or a poem using those words. Once they have written it ask them to read it aloud. Appreciate them for their efforts once they are done.

Twenty questions

This is a guessing game that all the family can enjoy and has as many possibilities and you can imagine, perfect for a long road trip. It's as easy as the following:

  1. One of the kids or adults in the car thinks of a celebrity, cartoon character, animal etc...
  2. The rest of the car has twenty questions that they can ask the person in order to guess what the person is thinking about. There's only one rule: The answers can only be answered with "Yes" or "No".

The color hunt

This is a road trip game that can last for the whole trip and will keep kids quiet if they concentrate and take the game seriously. The best idea is to probably have a notebook with you so there are no rows or cheating going on, as it will be difficult to remember scores during the whole trip. Take a look at the instructions:

  1. Each person in the car chooses a different color, you are not allowed to repeat.
  2. Once all of the kids and adults have chosen a color, you will get one point for naming an object you have come across that is your color. For example, you will get one point if your chosen color is green and you have seen grass.
  3. Keep each person's score on a note book. You can play this game for the whole trip or set a time for each game.
  4. You can vary the game however you want. Instead of colors you can use letters of the alphabet, so you'll have to find objects that start with that letter, etc...

Road trip bingo

If you hate the kids making noise and going crazy in the back of the car, then this game is also perfect for your road trip. This needs some previous work, but if you have time to create it with kids, then it's also a great activity to do together and prepare for your upcoming road trip. Follow the instructions.

  1. Prior to the journey, create a bingo griddle, with squares big enough to include a picture. Ask your kids (or do it yourself) to draw an object or element you might see on a road trip.
  2. Once they are done and when you are on the road, the kids will have to cross out all of the items on their list.
  3. It won't be until one of the children has finished that they will shout out 'Bingo'!
  4. Check their list to make sure you have crossed all of the items on your way.

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  • Keep them entertained with games that don't involve too much conflict, where everybody gets a chance to win. This will avoid rows in the car.
  • Make sure you always keep an extra activity for the kids to do in case they get bored of the games such as color-in books or a portable media station so they can watch their favorite cartoon or film.

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