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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.

10 Comments on 6 Fun Games to Play in the Car

  1. happy scout // May 18, 2015 at 4:51 pm // Reply

    It can help annoy my mom and dad

  2. happy scout // May 18, 2015 at 4:49 pm // Reply

    you missed the quiet game!:( and I’m a kid and like it and the adults will be happy too

  3. fun games…. especially for 16 hour trps:/

  4. Super good web site

  5. That’s cool games

  6. My brother and I play the game where you say a state and the other person has to say a state that starts with the last letter of the previous word. For example, Texas, South Carolina, Arkansas, South Dakota, Alabama, and so on

  7. beardless sensei // June 23, 2014 at 8:44 am // Reply

    The alphabet game is so hard when you get to x!!!

  8. Try playing two truths and a lie. It’s self explanitory. Then you have to guess the lie, it can be in any order

  9. turbotron22 // May 21, 2014 at 10:08 pm // Reply


  10. Thanks it is very helpful to annoy my dad

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