Are you planning a long car journey for the holidays? We asked our Mykidstime parents for their suggestions on entertaining the kids en route. Here are 30 games for car journeys and kids car activities to make that journey feel a bit shorter for everyone!
#1. I Spy
I Spy is the classic car game. Take it in turns to guess what the other person spies. For a variation for younger kids, instead of “I Spy something beginning with T” try the colour version “I spy something coloured red”.
“The only thing with I Spy is you have to be quick or you could be gone past it. My kids love it”
#2. Blow at the Traffic Lights
Get them to blow at the red traffic lights to turn them green, great for driving around the city.
#3. Car Years
All in car choose a year and then start counting the cars that correspond with your year and see who wins.
“Great way to kill an hour or two”
#4. Car Colours
All in car choose a colour and then start counting the cars that correspond with your colour and see who wins.
#5. Call out the Cars
Calling out the year or make of cars. “My little 5 year old loves playing this”
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#6. Car Snooker
You have to spot the cars in the same order as you pot the balls for snooker: yellow, green, brown, blue, pink and finally black. “The pink can take a looooong time”
#7. Car Alphabet
Try to spot words on road signs in order of the alphabet as you travel. (you can skip tricky letters such as Q or X or Z)
#8. Little Timmy
“We play a game called ‘Little Timmy thought it was a good idea when’……usually ends up in bouts of laughter……or if we are really stuck then we think up ‘Mad Titles for a book'”
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#9. The Minister’s Cat
An old Victorian game where you have to think of adjectives to describe the Minister’s Cat in alphabetical order, e.g. start with “The minister’s cat is an adorable cat”. The next person says e.g. “The minister’s cat is an adorable cat and a bouncy cat” and so on.
#10. I went to the Shops
Memory game where each person adds to the shopping list. First person says e.g. “I went to the shops and bought a pint of milk”. Second person says “I went to the shops and bought a pint of milk and some butter” and so on. Related: Download our free Car Journey Games to occupy the kids in the car