Motoring Tips: Top 7 classic games to play with your kids on your next road trip

Published by on . Updated on 6 Feb 2024

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Heading out on a family road trip is thrilling, but let's be honest, keeping the little ones happy during the drive can be a bit of a task. Don't worry though, we've got you covered. 

We've gathered a bunch of fun games and activities to keep everyone in the car entertained. These ideas are not just about passing the time - they're about creating fun memories and laughter. So, instead of constantly hearing "Are we there yet?" from the back seat, you'll hear giggles and see smiles. Get ready for a road trip that’s as fun as the destination itself!

Classic car games

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  • I Spy: Playing 'I Spy' is a great way to keep kids engaged during a drive. Simply pick something inside or outside the car, then give clues for everyone to guess. It's a fun, interactive way to pass the time and keep the little ones' minds busy, especially on longer journeys.
  • 20 Questions: Imagine an object and have the kids ask you up to 20 simple yes-or-no questions to guess what it is. It's like a fun puzzle, encouraging them to think creatively and figure things out, just like when you're planning a trip or navigating new roads. It's a great way to get their brains buzzing and practise their problem-solving skills!
Interactive storytelling

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  • Round-Robin Storytelling: Try Round-Robin Storytelling for a fun twist at your next family get-together on the road. Start a story and let everyone take a turn to add their bit. It’s a great way to laugh, bond, and see where your collective imagination takes you. Plus, it's a perfect chance for everyone, young and old, to show off their creative side.

  • Story Cubes: Bring story cubes on your trip! They're dice with pictures that help kids create their own stories. It's a fun way to spark their imagination and keep them entertained during the journey. Just like how you prepare for a smooth drive, adding story cubes to your travel kit can make the trip more fun and memorable for your children.
Educational entertainment

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  • Road Trip Bingo: It's simple: just make some bingo cards with pictures of things you often see on a road trip. As your kids spot these things along the way, they can cross them off their cards. Whoever completes a full line first, wins a little prize. It's a fun way to keep them engaged and looking out the windows, turning a long drive into an adventure.
  • Scavenger Hunt: Keep an eye out for certain things along the way, like a standout red building, unusual road signs, or a certain type of car. Make it a playful contest for the kids to see who can spot the most things on the move. It's a great way to keep everyone entertained and involved during the journey.
  • Taste Test Challenge: Pack a mix of snacks and have a blind taste test with the kids! They'll love the mystery of guessing the flavours and giving their opinions. It's a tasty, playful way to make the journey more fun for everyone.

For a fantastic road trip with your kids, think about mixing fun, learning, and creative activities. This approach won't just keep your little ones busy, but also helps in creating cherished memories. Imagine your road trip turning into an exciting adventure filled with laughter and bonding. 

But always prioritise safety, so fasten those seatbelts, and get ready for a journey filled with delightful classic games and interactive, non-digital activities perfect for the whole family. Here's to a journey full of smiles and safe travels!

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