How can you keep the kids occupied while on a long road trip?
For that matter, how can you keep yourself from getting bored
out of your mind? Here are some fun and easy games & activities
to keep the cobwebs at bay.
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to find all the numbers from one all the way up to one hundred
outside the car. Call out the numbers as you go. If that's too
easy, see how high you can get.
to spot all the Volkswagen Beetles you can find. When you see
one, say the color of the Beetle you've found. "Bug Blue!"
"Bug Yellow!" And so on. You get 2 points for old, classic
Beetles, and 1 point for new models. Specially decorated Beetles
are worth 3 points. This game sometimes has the twist of punching
or pinching the person next to you on the arm if you beat them
to the draw. Play this version at your own risk!
are several different versions of the Alphabet Game. No matter
which one you choose, the basics are the same - the alphabet.
Look for the letters of the alphabet on items that you pass. The
one rule is the letters must be outside of your own vehicle. Use
billboards, exit signs, license plates, messages painted on semi
trucks or barns.
Look for things that begin with the letters of the alphabet. Again,
items must be outside of the vehicle. "A" could be for
the asphalt on the highway or an apple tree on the side of the
road. "B" could stand for the bus that just passed you.
one person in the car to be in charge of keeping track of this
game. Begin by writing down every state. This alone keeps you
occupied for several minutes. There's always one pesky state that
no one can think of. Then as you drive, every time you see a license
plate from a new state, check that state off. You'll be amazed
at how many states you'll be able to cross off your list. On a
particularly long trip, I was able to check off all but three
states. And don't forget to add plates from other countries if
you see them.
five OOPS! words at the beginning of the trip. The idea of OOPS!
is not to say the certain words. The more common the word, the
harder the game is. If you say the OOPS! word, you get a point.
The person with the fewest points at the end of the trip wins
screaming in the back seat? Then it's time to play the Quiet Game.
Someone says "one, two, three, quiet!" Everyone has
to keep quiet as long as possible.
player thinks of something, anything. The other players take turns
asking questions that can only be answered with a yes or no. Whoever
guesses correctly first is the winner. If no one guesses correctly
after 20 questions, no one wins and the game starts over.
begins with someone saying "I spy with my little eye something
that starts with..." One player sees something. This time
the inside and outside of the car is fair game. Knowing the first
letter of the thing, the players have to guess what it is. Add
a time limit to make it more exciting. Whoever guesses correctly
gets to be the next spy.
player says the name of a country, for example "France".
The next player then has to name a country that starts with the
last letter of the first country's name. (Correct answers for
our example could be Egypt or Ecuador.) The game continues until
someone is stumped. There's a catch - no repeats on country names.
If you don't want to use countries, use another category.
player thinks of a word and keeps time to see how long the other
players take to find it. Make sure to pick a word that you will
be likely to see - like exit, stop, rest, eat
or mile. Whoever finds it first gets to pick the next word.