Last updated on September 8th, 2020 at 11:01 pm
Since our family’s move within driving distance of the beach, we try to make the trip at least a few times each summer. We’ve also taken longer road trips, including up and down the east coast. It’s a great way to travel, but kids can definitely get bored and impatient during the drive.
One way to keep children entertained on long car trips is by playing games, and I’m sharing five of my favorite road trip games today.
1. License Plate Bingo — This is an oldie, but a goodie. Print off these free Bingo sheets, and fill them in with the names of the states. As you see a car from that state, you can cross it off your Bingo card. The first one to get BINGO wins.
You can also just list all the states on a sheet of paper (all 50 are listed at this link), and then cross them off when you see a license plate from that state. How close will you get to spotting all 50?Check out These Top 5 Road Trip Games for #Kids -- #travel Click To Tweet
3. Another game that will help pass the time on a long car ride is this Memory Game — the first person begins the game with the letter “A,” and says “A is for ___________.” (Fill in the blank with any “A” word, or you can decide on a theme, such as animals or food.) The second person continues with the letter B, but they must first repeat “A is for __________.” You continue the game with each person repeating the letters and corresponding words that came before as long as you can.
4. Twenty Questions is another old favorite that’s perfect for long car rides. One person thinks of something the others have to guess. The remaining players take turns asking yes-or-no questions, usually starting with “Is it animal, mineral, or vegetable?” The players continue to ask questions to try to guess the answer, but only up to 20 questions.
5. Scavenger Hunt — Try a road trip scavenger hunt to keep kids busy while you’re traveling. You can come up with your own list of items to hunt for while you’re on the road. Just think of things you’ll see on the highway or while passing through towns or cities. You can also print scavenger hunt lists. I did a quick search and found all kinds of printable scavenger hunt lists.
Do you have any other ideas to keep the kids busy on a long road trip? Leave a comment below.
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