Our family loves to travel. We try to drive almost everywhere because it’s so much cheaper for our family of 5. Getting ready for our trip can always be a little bit stressful. Between packing for everyone, cleaning, laundry, and making sure we have everything we need for a week away, I am in full relax mode when we get there.
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Road trips can definitely be stressful with little kids, but over the years there have been some tricks I’ve learned to help make the car ride a little bit more fun.
Games, games, and more games.
Our children are a variety of ages so, we try to pick simple games that everyone can participate in.
I have found that most of our children’s crankiness on road trips are just from being bored and restless. Giving kids a way to be active and do something different is so helpful. So, here are some of my favorite games that we all like to play together.
The license plate game.
This game is played a variety of ways. One way we like to play is where you can see how many states you can find. Another way is when one person calls out a letter (example: T) and then whoever finds that letter first on a license plate wins that round and gets to call out the next letter.
The alphabet game.
This is great for all ages. You start at A and call out each letter as you find it. No one can use the same letter spotted and we race to see who gets to Z first. You can use billboards, signs, or whatever as long as it’s outside of the car. I played this as a kid and I love playing it with my family as well. The kids love shouting the numbers and seeing who will get the letter first.
The rainbow game.
Your family will go through the list of the colors of the rainbow and look for the colors as your drive. Calling out each color and seeing who spots it first.
This is so fun for school-age children. We take turns thinking of a person, place or animal. Everyone has 20 questions to figure out what it is and can only ask “yes” or “no” questions. This may be my favorite one.
These games help pass the time and give the kids something fun to do during the road trip. I hope you will get to try out some of these fun games that help us create great memories while heading to our destination.
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These are great ideas for games! We will try some of these on our upcoming vacation. I think the alphabet game would be perfect!
I actually just wrote a very similar post for my #TravelTuesday Link Up (feel free to join in if you want; this post would be a great addition)! We LOVE 20 questions for road trips! We haven’t played the license plate game yet, but we will be leaving in just about 3 weeks to take my nieces to Georgia and may have to give it a go this year 🙂 They weren’t really old enough last time to fully play without our help.
Connie @Lessons and Learning for Littles
I love calling it “the Rainbow Game!” We look for items of certain colors, but I didn’t have a name for it. My kids are younger, but they enjoy singing in the car and making animal noises and guessing what animal each of us is pretending to be. Unrelated, but I LOVE the picture of your kiddos in the backseat. So adorable and such a great shot!
Lauren | also known as mama
Ah this post brought back so many memories! We also used to play “I’m going on a picnic, and I’m gonna bring…”
These are such great ideas! I hate giving my kids gadgets whenever we’re traveling. I usually sit beside them and engage with them all throughout the drive. Yes, it can get exhausting but it does make me feel good. I’m not really against kids using gadgets but I just try to lessen it as much as I could. Since my kids are younger, I usually bring toys for them, snacks, and play games such as find something in a certain color. Or scream whenever we pass under a bridge because there’s a zombie; and then whoever doesn’t scream will get their armpits kissed by Mommy.
Belle | One Awesome Momma
Chanel van Reenen
I used to play a lot of those games when I was younger! They’re classic!
These are games I played in the car as a child. My daughter would probably enjoy the rainbow game.
What cute kiddos! ❤️ Love this list! Every time we get in the car to head somewhere, I always seem to forget some of these! I will make sure to remember them this time!
My five-year-old LOVES the license plate game. It kept us busy for a LONG time on our last road trip. We’ve also played the rainbow game, and we do lots of scavenger hunts that you can print online for free.
I love these ideas! I can’t wait until our boys are a little bit older to enjoy games like this. Our two year old loves playing “I Spy” in the car, even if his version isn’t quite the correct version 😉 My husband and I have always played the license plate game as well.
Vicki @ Babies to Bookworms
These bring back memories of long car rides as a kid! I should challenge my sister to one of these next time we are together!
your kids are adorable! what fun games!
Harmony, Momma To Go
we play alot of games… we do alot of these on a daily basis, but the rainbow game is new to me!
Great games. I’m leaving tomorrow for a road trip. I’ll be using these. Thanks!
Don’t forget “I, spy”!
I loved playing some of these games in the car when I was younger and with my son! Great post and love the pics! 🙂
Yes! Helps the time pass!
Look at those smiles! I got this feeling that your fun to go on a road trip with! We enjoy those games too, me and my husband loves the license plate game! lol
Aww I appreciate that! LOL