Road Trip: Car Games

Three Strikes

If you find that all chaos breaks loose with kids shouting out their answers, you can do one of two things: Let them shout out the answers and let an adult be the referee. If two people say it at the same time, the referee has to pick the winner. If you don't want to have that kind of chaos, tell the kids that they have to take turns guessing the answer. The child who guesses it correctly is, of course, the winner.

License Plate Bingo

This game works best in traffic jams because you can get a good, long look at the license plates. For License Plate Bingo you'll need a pen and paper. Give each child a piece of paper and a pen. The kids should write the letters of the alphabet on the piece of paper. They then need to look out the window and see what letters of the alphabet they can spot on the license plates of other cars. The kids cross off each letter on their piece of paper as they see that letter on a license plate. The object of the game is to cross off all the letters and shout “Bingo” by the time the traffic starts moving again.

To liven things up a little, you might want to give the kids different windows, on different sides of the car, to ensure that they are looking at different license plates.

To liven things up even more, tell the kids that they have to find the letters in alphabetical order. In other words, they can't just cross off the letters in any old order. You might want to resort to this if the cars haven't moved and you need a round two!

You can try playing License Plate Bingo without paper and pencil also. Just have the kids shout out the letters in alphabetical order as they see them. You can do the same thing with billboards along the highway. Try reverse alphabetical order for a change of pace. Have the kids start with the letter “z” and go backward to “a.”


Excerpted from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Family Games © 2002 by BookEnds, LLC. All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Used by arrangement with Alpha Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

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