I grew up playing these road trip games with my family. They did a good
job keeping me alert and involved with our journey. These games are
really good to know on certain stretches of road (I once drove for five
hours straight and saw nothing but corn). Road trip games for kids are
really helpful and anyone who’s travelled with kids knows exactly what I’m talking about.
These games for a road trip are classics, and I’m sure they go back further than I’ve been alive.
Someone gets to say "I spy with my little eye something..." and then say whatever color it is. Everyone else takes turns asking yes/no questions until someone figures out what it is. This may be tricky when driving because whatever was seen when starting is likely long gone before too long. But don't get discouraged by this. There are variations of this game to deal with that.
This is one of the variations of 'I Spy'. A person simply thinks of something and assigns it a category such as animal, plant, or mineral. Everyone else takes turns asking yes/no questions until someone gets it right, or twenty questions have been asked.
Keep track of every license plate type that you see (every state, province, country, etc.). You can compete if you want. Once a person sees a particular type of plate, then they get that point and it's no longer eligible.
Make your own list of items you expect to see along the way. Print
one out for everyone who'd like to play. You could assign points for the
items (rare items are worth more points). See who can complete the list first.
This is one of my favorite road trip games. Someone gets to start a story. Don't tell too much. Once they get so far, they get to pass the storytelling to the next person. You can pick a time limit or just leave it up the the teller or the next listener, when to pass it on.We have a neat thing called Rory's Story Cubes. You have nine cubes with simple pictures on them, to roll like dice. Then you make a story with the pictures that are showing. The possible ways to play are limitless. It is pure joy to hear my little one creating a story from his imagination.
Watch for letters outside the car. Go through the alphabet one letter at a time. Once you see a letter, move to the next one and no one else can use the same letter you saw. You can limit the letters to license plates, billboards, or don't limit that at all.
Pick something you will see along the way. Pick a number and count that many to win. You could do like the scavenger hunt and give things a point value (rare things are worth more points)
Here are a few road trip games you can pack to keep bored passengers occupied: