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8 Fun Car Games for Kids


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When taking a family vacation, long car drive or daytrip, keeping your children busy for the ride is often difficult. Consider playing one or more car games for kids. These fun, creative car games for kids keep them occupied and attentive while you drive to your destination.

On your next road trip, try out some of these fun car games for kids on the ride:

License Plate Game: Ask the kids to count how many license plates they can find from different states. Keep track on a piece of paper where you prewrite the abbreviations of the 50 states prior to the excursion. This fun car game for kids can become quite addictive, and it's one in which the whole family can participate.

Car Bingo: Make bingo cards at home that consist of things found on the road, such as trucks, buses, stop signs, fire hydrants, sidewalks, houses and traffic lights. Take these sheets on your car ride, and allow the kids to put an X on every item they see. The first person to get bingo wins. Depending on the length of the drive, make the winner the player who wins the most out of a certain number of rounds.

Going on a Picnic: This traditional children's memory game is perfect for long car rides. You begin with each player choosing an item-in alphabetical order-and saying each person will take that item on a picnic. Each player must repeat all the items said prior. If a player forgets an item, that person is out of the game.

Travel Journaling: Have the kids record all the activities they have accomplished or plan to enjoy on their trip in a travel journal. Allow the kids to add photos from the trip or draw some of their own. This not only occupies them during your car ride, it serves as a memoir of your road trip.

Traveling Songs: Use the melodies of popular tunes, like "I've Been Working on the Railroad," and change the words to reflect your traveling journey, such as "I'm Taking a Trip to Disney World," as a lyrical car game for kids. You can even have a contest to see who makes up the best song.

Card Games: The easiest games to take along on a car drive can be found in a simple deck of cards. From Crazy Eights to Go Fish, there are many card games kids will enjoy playing on a long car drive. Cards are lightweight and easy to pack.

Ghost Stories: If you're traveling at night, there's no better car game for kids than a contest about who can tell the best ghost story. You can make it more complicated by requiring that the stories include people and places you pass or spot in your travels.

Odd Sightings: Tell the kids to keep their eyes open for any out of the ordinary sightings, such as a bear coming out of the woods, or a deer crossing a city street. This car game for kids will surely keep youngsters occupied during the whole journey.

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