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9 Fun Games To Play In The Car With Kids On Long Road Trips

9 Fun Games To Play In The Car With Kids On Long Road Trips

Road tripsAre you looking for ways to keep your kids entertained on a long road trip? These 9 fun car games are free, almost effortless and perfect for making lengthy trips with the kids feel shorter and much more fun.

  1. Guessing Game

This guessing game has been popular for many years. Each person gets a chance to pick an object in the car and give a clue about it by saying “I spy with my little eye something that ….” Fill the blank with a clue about the objects, such as “is blue” or “starts with the letter B””. Everyone else then gets a turn to guess what the object is.

  1. Number plate bingo

Number plate bingo is a simple and fun game for older kids who can identify letters and numbers. Each player will need a pen and paper. The game starts with the driver calling out a number, for example, “eight”, and then everyone has to write down a word with that amount of letters. The players then check the number plates of other cars and when they see a letter from their word they cross it off. The person who first crosses off all the letters in their word is the winner.

  1. Spot the car

The aim of the game is for players to earn points by spotting specific cars on the road, say a red car for 1 point, a Volkswagen for 2 points and a blue Holden for three points.  The driver can decide which type of cars the players have to spot and the first person to score ten is the winner.

  1. The grocery game

A memory game that is appropriate for all ages.  One player starts with, “I went to the supermarket on Monday and I bought….” adding any grocery item that starts with the letter ‘A’. The next player repeats the sentence and the first item, but adds another grocery item that starts with the letter ‘B’. The game then continues with each player trying to remember the previous items and adding one with the next letter of the alphabet.

  1. Who am I?

In this easy game, one player thinks of a famous person, character or animal and the rest of the players try to guess what or who it is by only asking “yes” or “no” questions.  On their turn, the players can ask one question only and guess the answer.

  1. Storytelling

Storytelling is a fun game for everyone in the car. In this game, you tell a story, word by word and turn by turn. The driver can start with the first word and then everyone takes turns to add a word to form a story.

  1. Spelling bee

Spelling bee is a learning game which encourages kids (who can read and write) to have fun while learning. Pick any travel-related words and let them spell them. Remember to choose words that suit the children’s ages.

  1. The animal name game

On their turn, each player names an animal following alphabetical order, for example, alligator, bear, camel, etc. Players get eliminated when they can’t think of an animal on their turn. You can also use other themes such as countries or names.

  1. Rock, paper scissors

This is a classic game that we all know but often forget to play. This game is especially fun if there are only two players in the car. Remember that rock beats scissors, scissors beats paper and paper beats rock.

Your family’s safety while travelling should always be your first priority and before you hit the road you should ensure that your car and its windscreen are in a good condition.

About The Author

Jason Squire

Jason Squire is the owner of Autoscreens, a family run business based in Perth, Australia. He started in the automotive industry 25 years ago in the UK where he completed an apprenticeship in vehicle body building, specialising in vehicle conversions. Jason moved to Perth in 2008 and started working for a national automotive glass company. In January 2010 he started up his own company, Autoscreens. Jason is well known throughout the Perth automotive industry and counts many panel shops and prestige dealerships amongst his clients. Jason carries the highest qualifications required by the industry - he is a member of the MTAWA & IAME and he holds a certified repairers licence and business license.


  1. for little ones cars can be a good way of teaching them colours too. Our little one started telling us the colours a few weeks after he started talking. He knew the difference between cars, trucks, ambulance, fire trucks and some farm equipment before he learnt brands of them.

  2. Safety. Don’t give your kids things they are likely to throw if they start having a fight or being silly.
    It can easily become a missile and hit or distract the driver…..or break mirror, windscreen or windows.
    Always carry plenty of water, a First Aid kit etc. Make sure your spare tyre has correct air pressure in case
    you get a puncture (whoever services your vehicle should automatically do that but we got caught out once
    on a country road.


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