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6 Fun Games to Play in the Car


Stuck in the backseat on a long drive? Here are some classic (and free!) games to help travel time go by faster.

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For long trips, the License Plate Game might be the thing. In this version, call out letters from the license plates you see, then make as many ridiculous phrases as possible. For example, AST = Aardvarks Singling Tenderly or After-School Trampolining. You get the idea.


The Alphabet Game is good along roads with a lot of signs. Find a word with an “A,” call it out, then look for a word with “B” and so on. First one to the end of the alphabet wins. You might want to skip trying to find “Q” and “Z.” Or not.


Use graph paper for a couple of travel games. With Lines and Dots, draw lines on the paper. Take turns drawing one side of a square at a time, trying to make boxes. When you complete a box, put your initials in it. Whoever makes the most boxes in 15 minutes or so wins.


Another game with graph paper is Infinite Tic-Tac-Toe. In this game, the first person to get five in a row wins, and there are no borders except for the edge of the page.

Share these summer vacation jokes for a break between games


In I Spy, pick out something you see nearby (that other players can also see), but keep what it is to yourself. Say, “I spy with my little eye …” and then provide one description of the object. For instance, with the windshield wipers you might say, “I spy something long” or “something black.” After each hint, players take a turn guessing what the object is.


Rock-Paper-Scissors and 20 Questions hardly need explaining. There are variations of these games, such as Foot-Cockroach-Nuclear Bomb, and 20 Questions about movies you’ve seen or books you’ve read, instead of some random object.

65 Comments on 6 Fun Games to Play in the Car

  1. happy scout // May 18, 2015 at 4:51 pm // Reply

    It can help annoy my mom and dad

  2. happy scout // May 18, 2015 at 4:49 pm // Reply

    you missed the quiet game!:( and I’m a kid and like it and the adults will be happy too

  3. fun games…. especially for 16 hour trps:/

  4. Super good web site

  5. That’s cool games

  6. My brother and I play the game where you say a state and the other person has to say a state that starts with the last letter of the previous word. For example, Texas, South Carolina, Arkansas, South Dakota, Alabama, and so on

  7. beardless sensei // June 23, 2014 at 8:44 am // Reply

    The alphabet game is so hard when you get to x!!!

  8. Try playing two truths and a lie. It’s self explanitory. Then you have to guess the lie, it can be in any order

  9. turbotron22 // May 21, 2014 at 10:08 pm // Reply


  10. Thanks it is very helpful to annoy my dad

  11. I enjoy them

  12. A game I play, that I don’t know the name of , the first person has to say a name their husband/wife a place to live and a food starting with their letter. Example, A my name is Aragorn and my husband/wife’s name is Alex. we live in Alabama and our favorite food is apples. The next person would do the same thing except with B the next C and so forth

  13. some games are really good. i.e the number plate game. others are a bit boring but okay.

  14. Hey, here’s a game. You have to have 3 or more players. everybody gets a pencil and paper. One person has to be the timekeeper. (Parent) The timekeeper yells out a letter and then says go and then everybody has to write down as many words as they can that start with that letter only a minute. Then when the timekeeper says stop, the person with the most words wins. Challenge, give yourself a minute to write a story with as many words from your word sheet as you can. Hope you like the game!

  15. These games look like a lot of fun to do some time when u could have a chance to do

  16. Game to love // August 13, 2013 at 11:12 am // Reply

    This looks like fun kida LOL

  17. Rely good games to play for kids and fun car games

  18. My friend and I love the alphabet game.

  19. Maddog3303 // July 7, 2013 at 10:36 am // Reply

    I’m going on a long trip and this helped a lot!!!!! Thank You sooo much!!!

  20. TIP:u need a piece of paper and a bag of M&M`S
    GAME:me my sibs. play riddle me 1 on along car trip we riddle each other and whoever guesses it gets an M&M.

  21. Play rock,paper,scissors,

  22. i l ike playing spot. heres how u play,if u see a yellow car yell SPOT!!! and u get a point.first to 20 wins

  23. seen and played all EXCEPT lines and dots

  24. pizzamaker // June 20, 2013 at 6:02 pm // Reply

    My brothers and i love the license plate game.

  25. scout in troop 211. // June 18, 2013 at 8:46 pm // Reply

    Fun games to play in the car

  26. Cool……I like rice

  27. awesome this really helped

  28. fun games.

  29. I like all of the games

  30. I like playing car games so I will play it everyday

  31. i like all of them

  32. i like lincence plate

  33. Awesome games! I’ll try some!

  34. AWESOME!! I’m going to try some of these

  35. Ha I AM SO GLAD . AM ON IT

  36. nice job boys

  37. Heres a game i play a lot! i call it sos. songs of sillyness. you can have as many people as you want even one! person a. picks another person and says a noun such as cats. that person has to make a song of it! i play this all the time and its so funny! tell me if you like it!

  38. This game is so great!!!!

  39. wow great games everybody

  40. thnks boyslife n all the other people 4 ideas

  41. how about punchbuggies ???

  42. yo yo master // June 29, 2012 at 9:00 pm // Reply

    what about yellow 1 every time you see a yellow vehicle u shout yellow 1 and punch some 1 it is awsome 😛 😀

    • hey i like that game. post some more ideas for people.

    • I love the game yellow one. It is totally cool. It gives me a chance to let my anger out. Not really though! I only really play punch the person next to me! HaHa

  43. nice game

  44. KOOL

  45. I was so relieved to find this web site! =]

  46. gamee player2012 // June 26, 2012 at 6:48 pm // Reply

    what are some games that upp to 5 people can play and it can be for teenagers-seniors?

  47. we used to play a game when some body would start with a coulour say green and the next person would would have to say someething that is green like grass and then the next person would have to say somthing that is associated with grass like cows. you’re not aloud to say a colour or object twice.

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