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.

To order this book visit Amazon's web site or call 1-800-253-6476.


8 Epic Emoji-Themed Crafts, Activities & Recipes
Check out the best emoji crafts, activities, and recipes! They're perfect for an emoji-themed birthday party or anytime you need DIY (and screen-free!) summer activities for kids, tweens, and teens.

Find Today's Newest & Best Children's Books
Looking for newly released books for your child? Try our Book Finder tool to search for new books by age, type, and theme!

10 Free Summer Learning Worksheets
Print these free printables for preschoolers and kindergarteners to help your child's mind stay sharp until September!

Ready for Kindergarten?
Try our award-winning Kindergarten Readiness app! This easy-to-use checklist comes with games and activities to help your child build essential skills for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Facebook icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks