Are you & your family going on a long car trip and looking for some cool car games kids enjoy? Here we will explore some options available for your family travels.
The following games do not require anything to play and are a valuable asset when you need to entertain the kids during a car ride. These are the best clutch games as they can be played anytime needed.
- The Alphabet Game
- The Counting Game
- I’m Thinking of an Animal…
- Eye Spy
- Punch Bug
The Alphabet Game – Probably the most common game to play on a car ride is to find your ABCs on the various signs and such along your drive. Its a great game for the younger kids to help reinforce their knowledge of the alphabet. This game is not good for the driver to play though, as the looking for letters would cause a distraction.
The Counting Game – Basically the same as the alphabet game, but this time we are using numbers instead. While its pretty easy at first, the game gets harder as the numbers get higher. Finding signs with enough to get your double or triple digit numbers can be challenging. Again, the driver should abstain from playing this game.
I’m Thinking of an Animal… – This is my kids favorite game to play in the car. We take turns thinking of a specific animal and start giving clues as to what it might be. For everyone else its a race to see who can figure out the animal first. I must say that the kids amazed me with their knowledge of animals with this game on several occasions.
Eye Spy – In this game you take turns “spying” something with your “eye” and give clues as to what you are looking at. The rest of the players must look around and try to figure out what has been spied. When playing this game in a moving car, I would suggest that you pick things out that are prominent features of passing landscape or else you risk driving past your object too fast. This is also a game that the driver should not participate in.
Punch Bug – I can still remember clearly the day I learned of this game. I was with my friend and his family going down through town. Then when a VW Bug drove past, his younger brother and sister suddenly both yelled punch bug and hit each other. My friend and I both declared that game as stupid, well at least until the next VW bug drove by. When you see a VW bug, old or new, you can call it out by color and punch somebody else. Obviously the punches are meant to be fun and not forceful and the driver should not be included as a target regardless.
Another tool for modern parents for today’s road trips are electronic devices. From hand held gaming systems, tablets, to cell phones, these devices can definitely occupy your children for some good periods of time. Just make sure that they have a good charge or a mobile charging device handy.
My children have always enjoyed the Nintendo handheldgaming systems. We have a small backpack that travels with us everywhere we go. This way we can have access to all the games and any other accessories that we may need.
Travel Size Games
A quick search at Amazon reveals that many of the classic and new games have the smaller travel versions available (shared a couple links below). Having a few of these games in your collection can be valuable assets on your travels. Not only can they entertain in the car, but they can also cover for unexpected down times at your destination.
While most of the travel size games have a place to store everything, you still may need extra carrying capacity while they are being played. I recommend having a backpack or bag of sorts to keep all of your games and any extra pieces in.
When it all boils down to it, you will want to have a good variety of options for your car rides. The longer the travel the more choices you will want to have. All too often kids can get bored of only having one or two things to do. Having a good variety can definitely help improve your family journeys.
Having a travel bag or keeping things in the car can even help on just short rides as well. I have always found that if the kids were bickering at each other or upset about something, that playing a game can quickly calm and refocus them in a more positive way.
If you have any questions, please ask the below in the comments and I will answer them as soon as I can. Also, if you have any other games or tips that you would like to share, please do in the comments below.
James W D