Family road trips can be a big adventure for a kid. They can create wonderful memories. Depending on the length of trip time and the age of your kiddo, these trips can also possibly cause frustration on the part of the parent being constantly asked, “Are we there, yet?” Henceforth, the wonderful invention of the Road Trip Game. A device to keep everyone in the car sane and happy (until your kiddo has to pee). After extensive research, our team has made a “can’t beat it” list of games that are sure to keep your kids entertained and occupied while you travel:
“I Spy” is a road trip game that has withstood the test of time. “I spy with my little eye, something red.” This easy-to-learn game is perfect for preschoolers, and can keep them entertained for unbelievably long periods of time. The directions are simple: One person spies something and recites the line, ending in a clue. Everyone else takes turns trying to guess the mystery item.
“Road Trip Bingo” is a fun road trip game that requires a little planning ahead of time, but can be a terrific scavenger hunt. All you need are clipboards, bingo cards, a bag of pennies, and of course an adult present not in charge of the driving. The bingo cards will list various things that may be seen on the road trip. As the gamers see the things listed on their bingo cards, they cover each item with a penny until the winner covers all the squares and shouts out “Bingo”.
“License Plate Game” is an easy game where the goal is to spot license plates from all 50 states. To play, write down all the states you see during the road trip. Keep track of foreign license plates, too.
“Tic Tac Toe” is a classic road trip game. All you need are two players, a pencil, and a pad of paper to play this popular standby. Player One places an X on the grid, Player Two plots an O. They continue to take turns until one player has three across.
“Hangman” is another game that’s perfect for kids. The first player thinks of a person, place, movie or book title—it could be anything, really. Instead of writing out the saying, she leaves an underscore for each letter in each word. The second player guesses one letter at a time. If the mystery saying contains the letter, it is written in the correct place. If not, the first player draws a head on the hangman scaffold. When enough incorrect letters have been guessed, the dead body is complete and the second player loses. If the guesser solves the puzzle before the body is complete, he/she wins.
“The Alphabet Game” is a fun game for kids that can read road signs. Starting with “A”, look for road signs that begin with the letter until you get to “Z”. This game works best when played on long road trips.
Do you have some cool Road Trip Games not listed here that your family uses? Drop us a line and tell us what they are and how they are played.
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