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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.

Share these summer vacation jokes for a break between games


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.

33 Comments on 6 fun games to play in the car

  1. scout in troop 211. // June 18, 2013 at 8:46 pm // Reply

    Fun games to play in the car

  2. Cool……I like rice

  3. awesome this really helped

  4. fun games.

  5. I like all of the games

  6. I like playing car games so I will play it everyday

  7. i like all of them

  8. i like lincence plate

  9. Awesome games! I’ll try some!

  10. AWESOME!! I’m going to try some of these

  11. Ha I AM SO GLAD . AM ON IT

  12. nice job boys

  13. Heres a game i play a lot! i call it sos. songs of sillyness. you can have as many people as you want even one! person a. picks another person and says a noun such as cats. that person has to make a song of it! i play this all the time and its so funny! tell me if you like it!

  14. This game is so great!!!!

  15. wow great games everybody

  16. thnks boyslife n all the other people 4 ideas

  17. how about punchbuggies ???

  18. yo yo master // June 29, 2012 at 9:00 pm // Reply

    what about yellow 1 every time you see a yellow vehicle u shout yellow 1 and punch some 1 it is awsome 😛 😀

    • hey i like that game. post some more ideas for people.

    • I love the game yellow one. It is totally cool. It gives me a chance to let my anger out. Not really though! I only really play punch the person next to me! HaHa

  19. nice game

  20. KOOL

  21. I was so relieved to find this web site! =]

  22. gamee player2012 // June 26, 2012 at 6:48 pm // Reply

    what are some games that upp to 5 people can play and it can be for teenagers-seniors?

  23. we used to play a game when some body would start with a coulour say green and the next person would would have to say someething that is green like grass and then the next person would have to say somthing that is associated with grass like cows. you’re not aloud to say a colour or object twice.

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