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Car games can help to make long trips bearable – even fun! All these games can be played by young and older children, no props required.
This can be played as a team or individual. Each player finds one thing outside or in the car that starts with every letter of the alphabet – in order - from A-Z.
Each player chooses a colour. On the count of three, everyone looks for passing cars in that colour, and the first person to find 10 is the winner. Choose a different colour for the next round.
Everyone picks a number between one and one hundred and tries to find it on number plates, street signs or shop windows.
Make a list of things to find – hard or easy – and the first person to ‘spy’ them is the winner! Items can be hard (postman) or easy (white fence).
Each player waves at the cars, buses or trucks on their side of the car. If their wave is returned, they score a point. A sour look scores nothing.
Each player looks for double numbers in license plates. High doubles (99) score more points than low ones.
The first person names a country (e.g. France), and the second person names a country that starts with the last letter of the previous word (e.g. Egypt). Subject can be changed to celebrities, animals, cities, relatives…
Each person counts the number of cows (or horses, sheep etc) passed on their side of the car. If they pass a cemetery they lose all their points. The person with the highest points at the end of the trip is the winner.
A classic game for car trips – or anywhere, really! Think of something under the category animal, vegetable or mineral. Other players then ask 20 questions – either ‘yes’ or ‘no’ – until they guess correctly.
One person says three ‘facts’, e.g. “I haven’t eaten chocolate for a month”, “I came first in my maths test”, “I washed my hair this morning”, and the others decide which one is the fib. You’ll probably learn something new with this one!