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6 fun games to play in the car


Stuck in the backseat on a long drive? Here are some classic (and free!) games to help travel time go by faster.

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For long trips, the License Plate Game might be the thing. In this version, call out letters from the license plates you see, then make as many ridiculous phrases as possible. For example, AST = Aardvarks Singling Tenderly or After-School Trampolining. You get the idea.


The Alphabet Game is good along roads with a lot of signs. Find a word with an “A,” call it out, then look for a word with “B” and so on. First one to the end of the alphabet wins. You might want to skip trying to find “Q” and “Z.” Or not.


Use graph paper for a couple of travel games. With Lines and Dots, draw lines on the paper. Take turns drawing one side of a square at a time, trying to make boxes. When you complete a box, put your initials in it. Whoever makes the most boxes in 15 minutes or so wins.


Another game with graph paper is Infinite Tic-Tac-Toe. In this game, the first person to get five in a row wins, and there are no borders except for the edge of the page.

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In I Spy, pick out something you see nearby (that other players can also see), but keep what it is to yourself. Say, “I spy with my little eye …” and then provide one description of the object. For instance, with the windshield wipers you might say, “I spy something long” or “something black.” After each hint, players take a turn guessing what the object is.


Rock-Paper-Scissors and 20 Questions hardly need explaining. There are variations of these games, such as Foot-Cockroach-Nuclear Bomb, and 20 Questions about movies you’ve seen or books you’ve read, instead of some random object.

12 Comments on 6 fun games to play in the car

  1. Fourteen Hours Vacation Ride in Car, Troop 350 // February 2, 2011 at 1:53 pm // Reply

    One game to play in the car is a variation of the license plate game. For every state license plate that you see on a vehicle on the road, try to name the state’s official tree, the state’s official state motto, the state’s official state slogan, the year that the state was accepted into statehood in the United States and the state’s official breed of dog.

  2. the i spy game is boring

  3. The License Plate Game is awesoma!!! I played about a hundred times now, and it’s still fun!

  4. Hey how about a game where there is two people and you start at the letter “a” and go on and you are tring to find words out side of the car who have the letter “a”.

    • researchin momma // June 26, 2011 at 2:29 pm // Reply

      When I was little, we played that game. Once, my dad couldn’t find anything that started with J so he made up “Jairplane” LOL…it was so funny. From that day on, we have called airplanes “Jairplanes”. :)

  5. makes time go by so fast in the small car

  6. this is awsome man! love it! do it every time in the car!

  7. awesome!!

  8. ilove it <3

  9. harry potter // June 28, 2010 at 10:34 pm // Reply

    or you can play metal-lava-d saw

  10. Yea but I’m good with just watching movies on the way

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