Popular Car Games for Children

kidsincarSummertime is probably the best time to think about car games for children.  It is the time for dodge ball games, pool parties and ice cream eating contests.  But what activity defines summer the most? Road trips! And don’t forget to include popular car games for children when traveling.  Kids enjoy a visit to grandma’s house in the country side or a day trip to the beach.  Even a simple excursion to the nearest national park is exciting.

But as the destination is a fun place to visit you can make the journey to the place just as enjoyable.  So, put away the cell phone and I-pad!  Here are five travelling games that will guarantee hours of fun for kids and kids at heart and make the trip more memorable than say, your Candy Crush Saga game.

  1. The Alphabet Gamealphabet

    The mother of all popular car games for children! This one gave birth to countless variations.

    This involves one player thinking of a grocery item and thus, alternately being called “The Grocery Game” starting with the letter A. The other players will take turns naming other items starting with B, C and so on. A mental battle of wit and creativity will ensue.

    Another variation relies more on luck than creativity and by luck we mean license plates of other cars and road signs. The mechanics are the same, but instead of grocery items, the player has to look out for license plates or bill board signs starting with the letter A. He or she needs to shout the word spotted and move onto the next letter. The first player to reach “Z” wins.

  2. 20 Questions

    20questionsThis is another staple of travelling games beaten by the Alphabet Game by only a few points. Have a word written on a piece of sticky notes. The word could be any object or person conceivable (cat, burrito, John F. Kennedy, etc.). The note will then be put on the forehead of the player so they will not be able to see the word.  He or she then will guess it by asking only questions answerable by Yes or No. Is it an animal? Is it an object? Is it a person? Only a total of 20 questions is allowed. It will be fun watching a player guess the answer to the word posted on his head.

  3. The Poem or Rhyme Building Game

    babyA unique and somewhat more challenging version of the story telling game, where players will take turns in building a story. But this time, it will be a rhyme or poem. Have one player start by giving an interesting premise (“Once, there was a toy-maker”) then the next players will take turns to add another sentence that should rhyme with the previous one (“Who also was a baker”), until the story/poem builds itself. You can switch to a different word to rhyme every four lines for added creativity.

  4. How Far

    This game will depend on pure luck and on the car’s odometer (the digital mechanism on the headboard that tells how farHorse and Cow the car is traveling). Think of objects that you anticipate seeing. Have one player ask how far is an object, place, or landmark (“How far is the next oak tree?” or “How far is the next cow?”), and then each player will take turns on giving estimates of distances (1, 5, or 7 miles). Once the object appears, the player with the closest estimate wins. Be sure the objects you name are likely to be seen.

  5. GHOST

    By far, this game is the most mentally challenging on the list. And no, no actual ghosts or scary stories involved. One of the ghostplayers is going to give out one letter, and then the others will take turns adding more letters. The letters being added should always be sensible enough to form a word. Any player who is stuck without adding a letter that will form a word, will be given the letter “G”, until he or she forms the word “GHOST”. The game will go on until all but one player has the “GHOST” with them. This player is the winner.

Keeping children entertained while traveling on the road can be challenging. Why not let your kids learn a new game while on the highway to your destination? Including car games for the children can be fun as well as educational.  If you are planning a road trip, open your mind to a few of these popular car games for children. They offer learning skills as well as providing you and your kids with entertainment while on the road.

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