Coming up with games for long car rides was a staple of my childhood. Growing up, my family always drove to our vacation destination. No matter what age you are, 17 hours in a crammed car is no one’s cup of tea. These are some fun games for long car rides you can play the next time you take a long trip.
1 License Plate Game
My siblings and I loved the license plate game. The goal is to search passing cars’ license plates in order to find every letter of the alphabet. You start with “a” and work your way to “z.” The first person to find every letter wins. I find this game for long car rides great because it keeps you active and aware of your surroundings.
2 Umbrella Game
“I’m going on a picnic and I’m going to bring...” If you know this sentence, then you know how to play the umbrella game. The key is to make sure someone in the car doesn’t. Each person must say the sentence and add something that they would bring on the picnic. You can only bring something if you say the word “um” between “bring” and whatever your item is. For example, “I’m going on a picnic and I’m going to bring...um....a hat” works, while “I’m going on a picnic and I’m going to bring a hat” doesn’t.
3 Alphabet Game
The alphabet game is another classic one that I love. Working your way through the alphabet, you have to be creative. Each letter gets a female and male name, a hometown and a job. For example, “A my name is Ally and my husband’s name is Alfred. We come from Alabama and we sell apples.” Then you move on to the next letter. “B my name is Brianna and my husband’s name is Bryan. We come from Bermuda and we sell bongos.” It gets tricky when you get to X and Z for sure!
4 Celebrity Game
Can you name a celebrity both real and fictional? Someone starts by saying a name and the next person chimes in with a celebrity whose first name starts with the first letter of the last celebrity’s last name. For example, Kate Middleton...Michael Jackson...John F. Kennedy...and so on! No repeats though!
Celebrity Game is a great game to play on long car rides, as it is interactive and entertaining for all ages. It is a game of naming celebrities, both real and fictional, and the challenge is to name a celebrity whose first name starts with the first letter of the last celebrity’s last name. For example, if someone says Kate Middleton, the next person would have to name a celebrity whose first name starts with the letter ‘J’, such as Michael Jackson. It’s a fun game to play with family and friends, and it helps to pass the time on a long car ride.
Celebrity Game is a great way to get conversations started and keep them going. It encourages creative thinking and is a great way to learn about different celebrities from different time periods and different genres. It’s also a great way to learn about different cultures, as some of the celebrities may be from different countries.
The game can be played with any number of people, but it’s best played with at least four or more. To make the game more challenging, you can set a time limit for each person to come up with a name, or you can set a number of rounds.
5 Storytelling Game
If you’re in storytelling mode, then this game is for you! Someone starts by telling one sentence of a story. Each person needs to add one sentence to the plot as you work your way through the story. Where will your story take you?
Storytelling games are a great way to pass the time on long car rides. This particular game is a great choice for those who like to tell stories and be creative. It's simple to play - one person starts by telling one sentence of a story, and the next person adds one sentence to the plot. This continues until the story is finished.
This game is great for all ages and can be played in any language. It encourages creativity and imagination, and can be used to teach children language and storytelling skills. It also helps to pass the time and can make a long car ride much more enjoyable.
The game can also be used to explore different cultures, as each person can bring their own cultural influences to the story. It can be used to explore different themes, such as friendship, family, nature, and more. It can also be used to explore different time periods, such as the past or the future.
Storytelling games can also be used to encourage teamwork and collaboration. As the story progresses, each person can add their own ideas and perspectives, creating a unique and interesting story.
I just learned about this game but it’s pretty unique when it comes to games you can play on long car rides. One person says an unfortunate statement such as, “Unfortunately, we forgot to book a hotel.” Another player counters with a positive like, “Fortunately, I brought a tent.” You can get pretty creative when it comes to this game so let your imagination run wild!
7 I Spy
What would a list of car games be without the unforgettable “I Spy”? On your turn, you say, “I spy with my little eye something...blue.” The players then need to guess what you saw that was blue. Whatever the color is, this game is great for young kids.
Playing games in the car can be a great way to pass the time. In fact, tomorrow I leave for a 6-hour drive to VA and I might just play these games for myself. What are some other games you can play?
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