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5 Fun and Simple Road Trip Games to Play with Your Kids

With summer comes lots of travel for some, and often by car. I am sharing with you today 5 fun and simple road trip games to play with your kids.

Our family loves taking road trips, it is typically the way we travel.

After years of taking road trips with our kids we found some things to help with boredom.

Traveling by car with children can bring with it some stress and outburst if you do not pre-plan for the ride.

Planning typically helps things go much smoother and car games are a great way to entertain your kids on road trips.

Brain Games For Road Trips

When our children were very young we started playing simple, educational games while driving.

We found that playing games while driving kept them from getting bored with being in the car.

Using brain games is a great way to practice their reading and math skills.

These 5 games are good for families with varying ages of children and take little prep work to get them ready for your road trip.

Yellow car – this is just what the name states.

While driving if you spot a yellow car and are the first one to yell out, you earn points.

The first one to reach 20 points or the number you choose decides when or where our next stop will be.

There are just a few simple rules.

First to tag the car by yelling out “yellow car” gets the point.

Cars with advertisement on it of any kind, one point is deducted from your total.

You may be wondering why yellow car.

There are less yellow cars on the road than other colors making it harder to find.

This makes it easier to keep up with on long trips that could last hours.

It keeps them entertained and looking at all the scenery.

A favorite road trip game of everyone who plays.

Word Association Brain Game

This is my husband’s favorite and he is so good at this game.

He is the one who always starts it and we all play along.

An example is say a word like sunflower.

The first one to say a word that is associated with that, such as yellow comes up with the next word.

This game goes until no one can come up with a word associated with the one before.

Head of the class road trip version

Head of the class – this is the board game that has been around for years.

We carry the dice and the question book with us in the car and play without the board. You can tweak this however needed for your particular children.

This is a fun game for everyone in the car and it is a great brain game to practice school skills.

Here are a few other fun and simple games to play to keep the kids entertained.

ABC game – finding things for every letter of the alphabet outside of the car, in alphabetical order. Example: airplane, bike and car, just to name a few.

License plate game -this is a fun game where we try to see if we can find a license plate from all 50 states.

It helps the kids learn their states if they don’t know them and is great for reinforcing reading practice in a fun way.

You can print out the sheet below to have for this game.

License plate free printable


Another fun way to keep the kids entertained is by allowing time in the traveling schedule to stop and experience new places along the way.

We love stopping at local shops, coffee houses and unusual restaurants, it is one of the reasons we often choose to drive to our destinations.

This also gives everyone a chance to stretch their legs and get some fresh air which always makes everyone feel better.

Next time you are headed out on a road trip, plan some of these games for the entire family to play.

These 5 fun and simple road trip games to play with your kids will help pass the time for all.

I promise the trip will go so much smoother.

Happy traveling!!

Till next time



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Sonya Burgess

Sonya is graduate of Guilford College and a preschool teacher who lives at the North Carolina coast with her husband of 25 years, their three children ages 19,18,12 and their rescue dog Goldie. Her youngest child was recently diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum and she has a heart for encouraging other special needs mamas. One of her favorite out door activities is hanging out at the beach with her family searching for sea glass. She also enjoys doing diy projects and decorating her home on a budget. Sonya blogs at encouraging women to create a beautiful, intentional life and home.

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