Summer is almost here and families everywhere are beginning to make plans for hitting the road! While planning for your road trip don’t forget one of the most important things: how to keep the kids entertained! Below are 5 fun road trip games guaranteed to keep the kids (and the adults) entertained. The best part? Someof these games do not require any tools, paper or accessories beyond the open road, while others do. All can be tweaked for different age levels.
Road Trip Games the Whole Family will Enjoy
1. The License Plate Game
Who would’ve thought that license plates on passing cars can provide hours of fun? This fun game can be played in several different ways, depending on the age of your kids. For those with younger children, participants can call out the letters they see in alphabetical order; the first one to Z wins! Make it a bit harder by having the kids come up with a word that starts (or ends) with the first letter of each plate they see.
Older kids can “collect” out-of-state plates they see; whoever has the most at the end of the trip wins! Or you can interpret what the letters stand for in each license plate you pass. For example, DAF could stand for “Dogs are fun” and CSB could be “Connie smells bad”.
2. I Spy
This has got to be the most classic car game of all time! Here’s how it works. One person looks around and chooses an object they see that the others have to guess, with their only clue being these words: “I spy with my little eye something that begins with (insert the first letter of the object’s name).” Or the clue can be the object’s color.
The player who guesses the object correctly gets to go next. Just make sure the kids know its not really fair to “spy” something that’s flying by the car at highway speeds. instead, something large like a landmark that will be in the players’ view for a few minutes will work the best.
3. Twenty Questions
Aside from the “Are We There Yet” and the “How Much Longer” questions, the road trip game of Twenty Questions can really help make the time fly by. In Twenty Questions, whomever goes first thinks of anything – a person, place, or object – and the other players have to guess it – by asking questions. The first question is always, “Animal, vegetable or mineral?”
After that, the players can ask pointed questions to try and guess what it is, taking turns by going around the car in a circle. Players can ask for clues such as, “Does it meow?” or “Can you eat it?” However, the answer to the questions can only be “yes” or “no.” If you reach the 20th question without a winner, everyone gets one last chance to figure it out before the “thing” is revealed and it is the next person’s turn to start a fresh round.
4. Scavenger Hunt
One of my family’s favorite road trip games is a car ride scavenger hunt. Here’s how it works. Before you leave on your trip, prepare a list of things you are likely to see along the road. Some examples include: horses, cows, a speed limit sign, a motorcycle, a police car, a license plate from a specific state, etc.
Once in the car, each person tries to check off as many of the scavenger hunt items as they spot. You can make this as easy or as difficult as you’d like. It’s a fun way to pass the time.
5. Follow the Rules Game
This raod trip game is sure to have everyone in a fit of giggles. Everyone in the car gets to make up one nonsense rule, like “every time we pass a cow, everyone has to moo” or “whenever I put my sunglasses on everyone has to touch the roof of the car”. Every time a rule is enforced everyone but the last person to catch on gets a point. Whoever has the least points when you get to your destination loses.
Of course the best way to ensure a safe and fun family road trip is to make sure your car is in top running condition. About a week or two before you leave, schedule a service appointment with a trusted mechanic, like those at Lone Star Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, RAM, in San Antonio. This way any necessary maintenance will be completed, and you can relax and enjoy your summer vacation!
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