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Road-trip games help banish boredom blues while traveling comment (0)

July 13, 2006

Playing games in the car is as much a part of a road trip as filling the tank. Here are some classic car games to fill the time and entertain even the oldest kid. 

The Car Next Door

Invent stories about the people in the car next to yours. What do they do for work? What is their favorite food? Where do they go on vacation? Go into detail, such as whether they snore loudly or are afraid of spiders. Give them names, hobbies, pets and more.

This is a team effort to try to count to 100 without making a mistake. Take turns counting, beginning with the number 1. Every time you get to a number that’s divisible by 7, such as 7, 14 or 21, or that has a 7 in it, like 17, say “Buzz” instead of the number. If one person forgets to say “Buzz,” then everyone has to start over.

Another variation is to say “Buzz” for every number that is divisible by 5 — such as 5, 10 or 15.
For a real challenge, try Fuzz Buzz. Say “Fuzz” for every number that is divisible by 3 or has a 3 in it and “Buzz” for every number that is divisible by 7 or has a 7 in it.

Starting with the letter “A,” find words on signs that begin with each letter of the alphabet in order. The first person might spot a sign with the word “all” on it. The next person might see the word “brake” on a road sign and so on. After you finish the alphabet, find the numbers from 1–100.

Where Do You Do It?

One person mimics a sound, and the others guess where the sound is performed. For example, you could mimic the sound of computer keys tapping, and the answer would be “in an office.” This game can degenerate quickly into bathroom humor, which may be why children love it.

Building Words
Everyone builds words by stringing letters together. Someone starts with a letter of the alphabet, such as “R.” The next person must think of a word starting with that letter — such as rake — and says the next letter — “A.” The next person thinks of a word that begins with those two letters — such as rabbit — and says “B.”

Each player must have a real word in his or her head before speaking. If you challenge someone and they don’t have a word, then they are out.

I Spy
Someone begins by looking around and picking out a visible object. They then say, “I spy with my little eye something ...” ending with a descriptive word, such as a color like green. Whoever guesses correctly what green thing the spy sees goes next.

You could limit the items to what is in the vehicle. Or you can get tricky and play I Spied, selecting items that you have already passed.

Counting Cows
This can be played as individuals or teams. First, decide on a destination where you will stop counting cows. Then count the cows on your side of the road while the other players count the cows on their side.

The goal is to have the highest number of cows when the destination is reached. Pass a cemetery on your side and you have to start over again. If there aren’t any cows on your route, then try counting red cars, mailboxes or fences.

20 Questions
One player thinks of a famous person, place or thing. Everyone else tries to guess what is being thought of by asking a total of 20 questions, which must be answered “yes” or “no.”

For example, “Does it know how to read?” is a valid question, but “What is its favorite book?” is not. Whoever guesses correctly gets a turn to think of something.  (TAB)

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