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Games For The Car

Updated on January 15, 2015

Keep the kids busy playing games in the car

Family vacations are wonderful but we all know how bored kids can get on those long road trips.

How much longer, and when are we getting there, are common sayings on road trips when you travel with your children. A few fun games for playing in the car can really help to keep your children occupied and content while you are traveling.

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The Alphabet Game is great for playing while traveling long distances in the car

Help pass the time spent traveling in the car with alphabet games. Alphabet games can be themed in a number of ways but my favorite is the Alphabet eating game. In the alphabet eating game you simply name foods which begin with each letter of the alphabet from A to Z. (Thank goodness for Quamquats, xanthan gum, Xia shrimp, Zucchini, and Zuppa.)

The game begins with someone saying, "I am so hungry that I could eat an Apple". The next person would choose a B word so might say, "I'm so hungry I could eat a Banana". You start with the letter A and work your way through to the letter Z. It's a relief for those who don't get the difficult letters of Q, X, and Z but rough on those who unluckily get those hard to find foods. You can put a PASS feature in your game if you like.

The Alphabet game can also be used to list famous people or animals. It might begin with the first person saying, "I went walking in the woods one day and was so very afraid to see an alligator there". The next person would say, 'Well I went walking in the woods one day and was so very afraid to see a big bad bear there" and so on through to the letter Z.

The more extreme or humorous the responses then the more fun the alphabet game is. This is a great game because it can occupy quite a fair amount of time spent traveling in the car.

Nintendo ds is a hand held game system great for playing in the car on long road trips

Nintendo DSi XL - Midnight Blue Bundle with Mario vs Donkey Kong Mini-Land Mayhem
Nintendo DSi XL - Midnight Blue Bundle with Mario vs Donkey Kong Mini-Land Mayhem

The Nintendo ds game system is packed with hundreds of hours of entertainment. You can purchase additional games as well. An ideal compact game system for long car rides.


Travel I spy bingo boards ideal for keeping the kids busy while traveling. They close the windows as they fill their car travel game windows. See who gets the first line and then go for the blackout.


Hangman is another game that is great for those long car rides. Improve your language skills while passing the time while traveling. Road trips really don't have to be too boring when there a ton of hand held games to take along with you.

99 Bottles of Beer on The Wall

The song 99 bottles of beer is always great for whiling away a couple of hours on a long car trip. By the time you get done removing the 99 bottles of beer from the wall, you can then play this song game in reverse, and begin placing the beer back onto the wall again.

For those who don't feel comfortable with beer you can use Root beer or any other favorite beverage as a replacement.

Playing games can help to make family car vacation trips a little more fun for travel bored children. Having a variety of games on hand will help to keep time zipping pleasantly along with the miles.

Take along notepads, a travel journal, and pens for kids to chronical their trip...

It really is amazing all the different animals, landmarks, and scenery that you will encounter along your trip so have the kids keep a journal of what they felt were the important aspects of the car trip.

A handy simon car travel game.

Simon Electronic Carabiner Hand Held Game
Simon Electronic Carabiner Hand Held Game

Compact and always amusing the Simon electronic memory game is the perfect game for long car trips. Easily clips on for handy convenience while traveling.


Count the animals car game

This is where insuring that everyone has a notepad and pen with them comes in really handy so they can mark down the animals as they count them.

Cows, horses, deer, goats, bear, cats, dogs, and any other animals that you encounter on your trip can all be counted and included into this game.

There are a multitude of exciting things to see on a long car trip and I spy travel games can help you notice them.

There are plenty of fun games for children to play in the car. These fun games which are kept in the car specifically for road trips really help to pass time while traveling. Guess who game is fun for the whole family.

Playing a game of "I Spy" while you watch out the windows can really help you to notice a lot of exciting things on your car trip. Because things pass by the car so quickly the car version of the game "I Spy" must be adapted to take this into account.

You can adapt the car I Spy game in a number of ways, such as looking for larger or smaller items than the last person spied, or looking for rarer or more valuable items than the other person has spied.

Find 25 things that begin with the letter...

Seeking and finding items outside the car windows which begin with a specific letter are great games for passengers to play on long road trips. Because the passengers are looking out both sides of the car, they will see different items, and so stand equal chances of winning this game.

Because the driver is not able to play the game, he or she is the one who gets to choose which letter begins each round of the "Find 25 Things" car game. The game then begins with, "Find 25 things that begin with the letter P", and the participants then search for these items out their car windows as you travel. 'People' would be an easy start to the quest for P items.

Participants in this car game should use their note pads to keep track of items that they have already found.

What do you do on road trips?

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Car Scavenger hunt game

A scavenger hunt is always fun for all it's participants which makes it is a great game to play while on a long car ride.

Prepare the list of things to find in your scavenger hunt in advance of your car trip, and when your passengers begin to look bored, then it is time to bring this game into play.

As each window of the car will have different items passing by it, passengers on both sides of the car will have an equal chance of completing their lists using only the items, which they can see through their car window.

What type of games do you play in the car?

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      SimonJay 4 years ago

      Nice but get yourself s a DS or PSP and its all good i used to play the original gameboy when i was a kid on a long boring road journey.

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      JoleneBelmain 5 years ago

      @anonymous: It totally does break up the hours for sure, makes the road trip seem to take 1/2 as long... and makes for a lot funner trip as well :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Fun games for the car. This has made me remember those trips in the car when I was a kiddo, and my family would play games. Then, or course my kids did too when we traveled. It does help break up the hours. :)

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      JoleneBelmain 5 years ago

      @mrsclaus411: Always nice to not hear "Are we there yet" a thousand times before we reach our destination lol.

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      mrsclaus411 5 years ago

      These are great ideas to keep the children busy while inside the car.

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      JoleneBelmain 6 years ago

      @costumesngifts: That's a new game for the car that I've never heard of before... very interesting, thanks for sharing :)

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      costumesngifts 6 years ago

      I love all your ideas! Another game our family loves to play is to think of words that use all the letters of the plate numbers.

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      JoleneBelmain 6 years ago

      @SecondHandJoe LM: Hahahaha!!! Punch Buggies were a classic ;) Thanks for stopping by today!!!

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      JoleneBelmain 6 years ago

      @squidoopets: Thanks so much for the visit today, hope you found some great games to play in the car.

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      JoleneBelmain 6 years ago

      @JoshK47: I went on a lot of road trips as a kid with my family, and there was always so much going on with games and such, the travel always seemed to take only minutes.

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      JoleneBelmain 6 years ago

      @kislanyk: Yes, we have gone on a few road trips, and it is a necessity to keep the kids occupied lol.

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      Sam 6 years ago from Australia

      Great collection of car game ideas here. Good job.

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      SecondHandJoe LM 6 years ago

      Animal, vegetable, or mineral? Punch buggy! (no punchbacks) I like the new games better! Thanks, nice lens!

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      Darcie French 6 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Great ideas for kids games for the car!

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      I've played all sorts of games in the car - and you presented some new ones to me today! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      Marika 6 years ago from Cyprus

      Some great games to play in the car with your kids. Blessed.