25 Fun Road Trip Games for Kids (Printables, DIY & More!)
With spring and summer right around the corner, there’s a good chance you’ll soon be spending a lot of time traveling around visiting families, going to summer camps, and taking summer vacations with the kids.
As a result, you’ll probably be spending loads of time in the car, and if you have kiddos, you’re going to want to prepare some ways to keep them entertained!
Introducing: The Best Road Trip Games for Kids!
My kids would be 100 percent content if I let them just watch movies during road trips, but why not utilize that time to let them learn, communicate, and make fun memories? With the fun road trip games and activities below, with a bit of preparation, you can keep your kids entertained for hours in a way that’s interactive and educational.
Yes, it will take a little bit of preparation, but with most of these, you prepare one time and then you have everything done for upcoming trips!
1. Road Sign Scavenger Hunt
This was my favorite road trip scavenger hunt printable that I found, but there are hundreds more if this isn’t what you are looking for. This will keep the kids paying attention, talking, and will for sure strike good friendly competition up in the car!
Plus, this is one that all ages can do. You do not have to be able to read to be able to do this! Just match!
2. “Find That Thing” Scavenger Hunt
Here is another road trip scavenger hunt game that I found, but this one is only for readers. It is a little more advanced, but the objects are a little harder to find! I would suggest this one for your 4th – middle school-aged kids! They will love this.
3. Make Face Magnets
This is one of the best road trip games for toddlers! They will LOVE this game!
Just find pictures of faces online or even use pictures of your own family member’s facial features and allow your child to build whatever face they want! All you need to do is put a little magnet on the back of each paper and you are good to go!
4. Cookie Sheet Chalkboard
This is a super inexpensive way to entertain your kids and you won’t be wasting paper on coloring books! You can just erase and draw over and over again!
5. Alphabet Pictionary
This one is awesome for any little kid just learning their ABCs but can honestly be used with kids of all ages. All you have to do is print out these printables, put them in a binder, and hand them out to each kid! Let them bring along crayons, pencils or markers and draw away!
Hours will have passed by the time they draw something for each letter. Once everyone finishes, Mom or Dad could judge the drawing and give out a winner for each letter!
6. Travel Memory Game
This is SUPER easy to make and will last a long time. Not to mention how cheap these supplies will be! Your kids will adore this handmade memory game set.
7. Truck Spotting/Car Spotting
This is a huge hit in my house for little boys! All you need to do is print this out, hand them a pencil, and see who can spot the most trucks first. Your boys will love this!
Some of these trucks are a little dated and you won’t see too often (like the TV van with the satellite on top) so I would suggest just having a timer and seeing who can get the most in the specific amount of time!
iSpy is one of my favorite go-to car games but sometimes it is hard to think of things to SPY! I found 2 lists that were perfect for car rides! They are suited well so that you will be able to find everything right from the window of the car.
This will take up a good 30-60 minutes and can be played over and over again!
9. License Plate Game
All growing up I played this will my siblings and my kids still play it today!! This awesome printable will help your kids keep track of all the license plates they’ve seen throughout the trip.
I would suggest this one for the longer road trips that go across multiple states. If you’re stuck in one state the entire time, you might not see too much diversity!
10. ABC Spelling Game
I love this idea! It’s a road trip game that’s fun and educational. And we all know how it goes when a little one is learning to read and write. They are all so eager to learn and this is such a fun way to help them improve their spelling.
You could be sitting in the front seat saying, “dog” “meow” “purple” “truck” and they could be in the backseat spelling away! Or, you could give their sibling little flashcards with words to help quiz them along the way!
11. Roadtrip Bingo
Bingo is an awesome option when you have a car full of kids! What I love to do is simply give them a book or a notepad, let them set their board up, and simply use fruit snacks or goldfish as markers!
The first one to get a bingo gets to call out the objects the next time. My kids could go on and on for hours with this! I’m sure yours will too!
12. Travel Journal
A travel journal is a great way for your kids to pass the time, practice their writing, and write down all the fun memories they make while on family vacations. You can find many different options of printables for a travel journal but I like the one above because it is good for all ages.
Maybe attach a blank piece of paper to the other side and have them draw their favorite part of the day and write a paragraph about what they loved the most about today! Your kids will love to look back on this once the trip is over.
13. Word Search
This way you will only have to print out one puzzle and they will all get to use it. All they need to do is wipe off their writings once they are done!
14. Would You Rather?
This game looks amazing! I haven’t tried this one yet, but I am going to totally make this for our next road trip. All you have to do is print out the questions and make the book! You will then have dozens of questions for your kids.
This will entertain them for such a long time and they will love it! And if you’re planning a Disney vacation, this is even more perfect.
15. Racetrack Binder
I love this idea. You could fill up a little 3 ring binder with word searches, puzzles, games, and maybe even their journal and then add this little race track to the end. You’d then have an entire binder full of road trip games.
With this one, your little kids will love pretending to drive their race car all around as you are on your road trip. Just head here and print out the printable! All you have to do is put it in the sheet protectors and you are good to go!
16. Ticket Time
If you have kids that love to ask, “Are we there yet?” This is the game for you!! All you need to do is determine how long your trip will be. If it will be 6 hours, give each kid a baggie with 12 tickets in it (one ticket for every 30 minutes).
After 30 minutes go by, they can hand you a ticket. If they ask, “are we there yet?” they don’t get to turn in a ticket. Once the trip has ended all the kids who have given back all the tickets can get a treat!
I love this simple idea! It helps the kids know how much longer they have left without even having to ask!
17. Car Ride Presents
This idea takes a little prep, but I love the concept of this. This sweet mother decided that she would make a hand-made gift for her kids each time they went on a road trip. Whether it was a journal, a doll, a bracelet, etc… she wrapped it up and took it on the trip with them.
I think this would be an awesome motivator to help your kids be on their best behavior. Tell them that if they behave, they can open their present in the last hour of the trip!
Note: This doesn’t have to be extravagant or expensive.. just give them a handmade treat that they would love! Check out these Homemade Gift Ideas Perfect for Any Occasion for ideas.
18. Brain Quest
My kids love these games! Their cards are awesome and will get your kids thinking. There are different decks for different ages and they will keep your kids entertained forever.
The deck is full of questions that your child will quickly need to answer. This can be played with siblings or with you leading it! Whatever works! If you’ve never tried this game, you need to! It’s the greatest.
19. Geography Quiz
Ahead of time, print off some different maps showing the continents, countries, states, cities or whatever you would like your kids to know and put your kids to the test. Set a time and see who can get the most answers right!
Make it a competition and your kids will love it even more. I even have a little prize sometimes for the winner.
20. Dry Erase Activity Book
This is one that can be 100% customizable. All you need to do is gather a bunch of printables that your child can use over and over again. I found word searches, essay prompts, coloring pages, and crosswords.
All you need to do after is laminate them! You can either go to a store to get this done or do it yourself! Afterward, punch holes in the paper and let your kids draw away. This book will last forever because all you’ll have to do is erase the markings and start over after every road trip.
This is the perfect game for road trips. It is a wooden slab that has letters that you can flip over and a dry erase marker. All you need to do is throw this in the car and it is there ready for them to play. My kids love this and it keeps them occupied for hours and hours.
22. Road Trip Grab Book
I decided to put this as the last homemade game because it is the perfect way to combine all of the other road trip activities and games I have mentioned above. All you need is a 3 ring binder and some pencil cases.
Once you have those, all you need to do is fill each pencil case with different activities. You can put coloring pages, legos, treats, cards, etc. Honestly, anything you want! All you have to do is fill it up and hand it to each child.
You can customize each binder and fill it with things specific to them OR give everyone the same thing. I like to put all the same things in each binder just to avoid the fighting!
This is the perfect item for any of your children that love to doodle. This pad will eliminate crayons, markers, and pens because all the colors are already there under the paper! Once they draw, the colors will appear. Your kids will love these.
This game is perfect to play in the car. All you need to do is put it in the pocket of your car and let it sit there. Whenever your kids are bored, they can pull it out and use it! They will love having it around to keep them entertained on long rides.
25. Games on the Go
If you’re looking for a bunch of simple road trip games in a compact format, this Games On the Go product is perfect. It has 50 games and can fit right in your pocket!
I hope that you found some car games that struck your attention on this list! Give a few of them a try on your next road trip and let me know how it goes.
I know that sometimes as moms we just DREAD long trips in the car, but with the right preparation, you can have the best road trip ever!
What road trip activities do your kids love doing in the car? Comment below! I can’t wait to find out.
Essential Road Trip Item:
This would be awesome on the back seat of your car to keep snacks and supplies off the ground! There is nothing I love more than squished fruit snacks or crackers ALL OVER THE CAR 😉 and this will prevent that from happening!
Plus it will keep your kids energized while they play all the road trip games above. Check it out on Amazon here.
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