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The Best Car Games to Keep Kids Entertained

Car Games for Kids

Family road trips are an amazing way to spend quality time as a family at any time of the year. They are perfect for making memories, bonding, and storytelling before the holiday begins. The only problem is, kids can get bored and don't enjoy the long drive as much as parents so keeping the kids entertained is key. From music to memory games, they are sure to keep boredom, tantrums, and backseat squabbles at bay. To keep the entire crew entertained, why not try out some of these car games for kids.

I Spy

I Spy is the easiest and most timeless classic car game for kids. The rules haven't changed since parents were kids. One player is the spy, and someone says the words "I spy with my little eye something beginning with..." naming the first letter of the object in the car or outside. The other player must guess what the object is. Everyone in the car playing gives their answer until someone guesses the correct answer. Whoever guesses correctly gets to take their turn at being the spy. To give everyone playing a chance, rotate the order in which people guess the answer.


Hangman is another classic and simple kid's game. To play the game you need a pencil and paper. It is a guessing game for 2 or more players. A player draws a scaffold to begin the game. One player thinks of a film, person, place, or even a book and then writes down an underscore for each letter of each word and leaves a space if there is more than one word. The other players must take turns guessing a letter to make up the word. Each time there is an incorrect guess, a body part is drawn. When there is a correct guess, a letter will be drawn to fill the word. Every time a letter is guessed wrong the hangman begins to appear piece by piece. The aim of the game is to solve the words before the hangman body is complete.

Rock, Paper, Scissors

Rock, paper, scissors is another classic game suitable for kids of every age. It is ideal to keep kids entertained on a long road trip. The game begins when each player makes a fist and says out loud, rock!, paper!, scissors!, moving your fist to each word. After the third word, both players will make 1 of the hand gestures. The hand gestures include a closed fist representing a rock, a fist with the index and middle fingers extended representing the scissors, and a flat hand open representing paper. There are 3 possible outcomes. A win, a loss, and a draw. The variations of the game include rock beats scissors, scissors beats paper, and paper beats rock. The winning player will choose the right-hand gesture that will defeat the opponent's hand gesture. If the opponents choose the same variation, then the game is a draw.

Spelling Bee

A spelling bee challenge offers the best of both worlds. Your kids will have lots of fun playing this game but will also learn at the same time. Think of drinks, food, everyday items, the outside scenery and animals for your word inspiration. Each person in the car takes turns to spell a word. If the person spells the word correctly, then they remain in the game. If they spell the word incorrectly, then they will be eliminated from the game. Keep spelling words until a winner is determined as the champion speller. If there are younger members playing the game, it is important to choose words that are age appropriate.


Tic Tac Toe is an old classic favourite of both young and old. To play the game, it requires 2 players, paper, and pencils. To begin the game, draw a 3x3 grid on paper. One player is O, and the other player is X. Each player must take turns drawing their symbol somewhere on the grid. The winner of the game is the first person to get 3 in a row of their symbol whether diagonally, horizontally, or vertically. Once you can make a straight line with your symbol from corner to corner, then you are the winner. Playing Tic Tac Toe can teach your kids good sportsmanship. It can also help kids apply their logic and develop strategies at a young age, and it can also help improve their concentration. Kids will also learn to take turns and follow rules.

Simon Says

Simon Says is a great game to keep the kids busy and entertained. The game requires at least 3 players, but more people would make it more fun. One person is Simon, and the others are the players. The player acting as Simon will instruct the other players to perform an action. The words must begin with Simon says before the action. If Simon leaves out the words "Simon Says" before the action, then any of the players who performed the action will be out of the game. The last player standing is the winner. They then become the next Simon.

Make your family trip count with these fun games to keep the kids entertained. You'll enjoy the laughter and make great family memories!