New Twists on Classic Road Trip Games
Make car trips with kids more tolerable with new twists on the classic road trip games you grew up with.
The License Plate Game
What it is: The goal is to find all 26 letters of the alphabet in license plates spotted on the road. The first one to find the whole alphabet wins.
The twist: Give each kid a black and white print-out of a US map and ask them to color in the state as they spot its plate. Kids learning geography while they’re happily playing a game in the car? Sneaky—and brilliant.
What it is: Players take turns randomly shouting out things they see along the way using color as the clue (“I spy with my little eye something … blue!”). The rest of the players guess until they figure it out.
The twist: Turn the guessing into a scavenger hunt! Give each kid her own list of things (complete with colors) to spot on the trip, plus a crayon to check them off as she finds them. Download our custom scavenger hunt game.
What it is: The guesser asks 20 questions to figure out the person, place or thing his opponent is thinking of. Guess it within 20 questions or less and you win.
The twist: Narrow down the theme. You can do movies, TV moms, books, Sesame Street characters, favorite snacks, relatives, Disney princesses—all based on your kids’ interests. It’s a great way to get them thinking even harder and stretch the game a little further.