Road Trip Games for This Summer’s Road Trips
With Memorial Day this weekend, 38 million people will be traveling to spend the long weekend with family or friends. Even if that trip means several hours in close quarters or a spacious Mitsubishi Outlander, making a road trip this weekend or over the summer can be a fun adventure — if you are prepared.
If you are traveling with kids having something to keep them occupied during the few hours in the car might be the key to having a mutually fun road trip. Unfortunately books and coloring may cause kids to get sick, but car games are a great solution to keep your kids and yourself from concentrating on the time spent in the car. Read below for a couple excellent car games that are easy and fun to play for everyone.
Road Bingo is a great game for the car because it is very simple, it can keep kids entertained for long periods of time and they observe the new surroundings. Also, Road Bingo can be customized for each road trip depending on the destination or time of year you are traveling. There are several websites that allow you to customize and print bingo boards that will automatically generate different square combinations. A couple Memorial Day related things that could be included on a customized board could be a boat or an American flag.
**Don’t forget to bring enough markers for each player so they can mark the square once the object is seen.
How to Play: Once a player crosses off five squares in a horizontal, diagonal, or vertical line they win. Make multiple copies so this game can be played repeatedly or so the kids can play with multiple boards at once.
The Name Game
This game is a good game for road trips where there may not be much to look at outside. Like Road Bingo this game can be changed up to make it apply to different activities such as camping, picnics, the beach, to Grandma’s house, etc.
How to Play: “I’m going to LOCATION and I’m going to bring…” Start with the first letter of the alphabet, and name an object that corresponds with that letter — such as Apples. The next person must state all of the things previously listed and then announce a new item for the next letter in the alphabet. You can either require items that are typical of the location or allow for some creativity and let them name anything under the sun.
Example: First turn: “I’m going to Grandma’s house and I’m going to bring an apple.”
Turn 2: “I’m going to Grandma’s house and I’m going to bring an apple and a baseball.”
Turn 3”: “I’m going to Grandma’s house and I’m going to bring an apple, a baseball and a cat.”
Twenty questions is another popular game that can be played while on long stretches of the road where there isn’t much around.
How to Play: One player thinks of an item or an object. The other passengers in the car take turns asking “yes” or “no” questions in an attempt to guess the object. Each player can guess the object during his or her turn. If the guess is correct, they then choose the next item or object, but if they guess wrong, they are out and others continue playing until the item is guessed.
Playing games during road trips helps to pass the time and provides mental stimulation for the driver and passengers. Games also encourage positive interaction between family members and can help kids learn. It also helps keep everyone from staring at their phones for the entire trip!