Some Good Car Travel Games
Here are some more travel games you can play in the car. These
are also games that I have invented or modified from other games,
so there should be some new ideas here for you. If you came directly
to this page, be sure to also visit our other page on travel games.
Four Letter Word Game
You may have played the game with the kids where you try to
be the one who sees the most new-state plates first. This game
has to do not with where the plate is from, but with the letters
on it. Each player chooses a word with four letters. Then everyone
watches the license plates of the other cars to be the first
to find one that has the letters necessary to spell their word.
Color, Letter, Number
For this game, each player chooses a color - any color except
the color of the plates for the state you are traveling in. Each
also chooses one letter and one number. The first one to spot
a plate that has their color-number-letter combination is the
Create a Joke
This is a simple but difficult game. Somebody chooses a topic,
word or phrase, and each player tries to invent the best joke
based on that. If the word was door, how long would it take you
to make a joke about or involving a door? Okay, two minutes.
What's the difference between a door and John's mouth? You can
shut the door. This game will really exercise your brain and
Good News Bad News
This starts with anyone saying "The good news is..."
Someone finishes the sentence, and adds, "but the bad news
is..." and you try to find the funniest way to finish that
sentence. Example, "The good news is we're near our destination,
but the bad news is..." "We're going the wrong way."
"The good news is I lost a few pounds, but the bad news
is... " "You were gambling in a British casino."
If you've ever played "Mad Libs," you know how hilarious
it can get. You fill in the blanks of a story by asking players
for "a noun" or "an adjective" or "a
number between 10 and 20," and so on. The wilder the words,
the wilder the story when you read it. You can play a similar
game with any newspaper or magazine story. Cross off a word or
two in each sentence, and ask for words to replace them (don't
tell anyone what the story is about until it's done). Be sure
all names in the real news item are replaced with the name of
someone in the car.
Who Is That Artist?
Using the radio, you can have a game in which everyone tries
to be the first to call out the name of the artist when a song
starts. Then change the station, so you don't have to wait through
a whole song to continue the contest.
Radio Word Search
In this game, each player chooses a word. The player whose
word is spoken (or sung) first on the radio is the winner. You
may want to require words of five letters or more.
Road Trip Journal
This can be a fun activity for the kids, and create a trip
memento that you'll want to keep. Just have each person in the
car make an entry in the journal, including pasting leaves, pictures
or other things into it. Take turns and sign each entry, so you
can later see how different the trip may have been for each person.