Games to Play in the Car

Summer break has officially begun and one of the many things we enjoy is traveling! But… the…. car… rides…. can… be… so… long! Thankfully with the ETA from my MAPS app we can more accurately answer the age-old question of “Are we there yet?!” Car rides can still seem to last forever though with restless kids. Engaging the mind in something meaningful helps pass the time. We often listen to audio books and music but we also like to play games in the car.

Selfie Karaoke

This is our new favorite! We have songs that we’ve listened to for years and know all the words. On our latest car, ride we passed the time with selfie karaoke. The obvious disclaimer is that the driver of the vehicle should not be the videographer. A phone can be used as the video camera and placed in the sunglasses holder up high. You can really place it anywhere that it will stay and not distract the driver. Passengers can also take turns holding and recording others. Passengers position themselves, while remaining properly buckled, so they can be in view. Press record when the song starts and record singing to your favorite songs! You can use sunglasses and hats or anything else lying around as props. People can pop in and out of frame at different parts. Passengers can even move their arms and legs to “dance” as long as they aren’t distracting the driver. Record an entire playlist or CD and then passengers can watch the videos. So much fun!


I spy is a classic favorite and can be played with two or more people just about anywhere. One person is “IT” and chooses an object within sight of everyone in their mind. They start by saying “I spy something….” and describe the object. The other players inside the car take turns asking questions with a yes or no answer. When a player thinks they know the object, they can use their turn to attempt to guess the object. The person who guesses the object becomes “IT” for the next round. There is no winner to this game but just instead players have fun playing and keep going as long as the fun continues!

For us, learning is a lifestyle so I always use this game as a chance to reinforce that the thing that is spied is a noun, which is a person, place, thing or idea. The words used to describe the noun are adjectives. Some adjectives are better or more descriptive than others so use interesting adjectives!

Alphabet Search

This is another game without a winner where all players work together. The goal is to find words that start with each letter of the alphabet starting with A and ending with Z. The words can be on road signs, the side of a truck, names of stores, etc.

When you make it to Z you can start over and transition to the next fun game!

Spelling Bee

This is a game that can be played for fun or for a winner. We like to chose themes and spell words within the category. To be competitive, one person, asks other people in the car to spell words and everyone continues taking turns as long as they spell the word correctly. If a word is misspelled, the player is out and spelling continues until one person is left and is the winner! To play for fun, everyone continues to take turns even if a word is misspelled.

Examples of categories are age dependent and can be chosen for different players based on age of the player:

  • colors
  • numbers
  • shapes
  • cities
  • states
  • rivers, lakes, oceans
  • authors
  • flowers
  • fruits and vegetables
  • things related to the season
  • things related to road trips
  • things related to camping
  • car makes and models
  • celebrities

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