Road trips are a common site during the summer months. It’s a way for families to see the countryside and to stop at any attractions that are found to be interesting along the way. Road trips though can be draining and long and passengers can sometimes find themselves bored and needing something to do. There are many inexpensive games that you can play in the car to keep everyone entertained and talking.
This is a version of the ‘traditional license plate game’. In preparation for this game you should copy a map of the United States for each person that will be in the car. With this game everyone in the car looks for license plates from different states. If someone in the car sees a state on the map they get to color in the state or check off the state (depending on the age of the person playing). This will keep passengers awake, alert, and paying attention to the surroundings thereby getting more out of the scenery and enjoying the trip. Since most passengers will be able to see the same license plates there is generally no winner, everyone will have the same number of states, then have a bag of goodies such as snack or small toys even CD’s to let the passengers of the car pick from.
Mad Libs are a fun interactive game that sparks creativity and communication among passengers. Mad Libs have a written story with blanks that ask for things such as a noun, adjective, verb etc. When you put them all in the story comedy occurs. Local retail stores sell paper books or card games of Mad Libs that will help you play this game. Each passenger will take a turn giving a word that fills in the blank and then at the end the person holding the book or card will read the finished product. It generally gets a laugh out of people.
This game keeps passengers involved in looking at the scenery. To play you pick something you are likely to see while driving the road (blue cars, trucks, mile markers, motorcycles, houses, etc). Then after you select an item you try to find 100 of those items. Once this is accomplished then move on to another item.
ABC Sign Game
This game again keeps passengers looking at the scenery which is part of the purpose of a road trip. To prepare for this game give everyone a paper with a line for each letter. The goal is for passengers to find for a city or a town that starts with each letter of the alphabet. Set a time limit so that the game doesn’t drag on and the passengers get bored.
License Plate Fun
License plate generally have three letters on them. This game can be fun and be creative. When a car drives by look at the license plate and try to make a phrase out of the three letters on the license plate. For example RMB could be red mail box, run Mr. blue, running meager business etc.
Be creative and have fun on your road trips you can make up your own games to suit the passengers you are traveling with.