Beyond the License Plate Game: Family Fun on Road Trips
There’s so much to explore in our incredibly large state of Texas and the best way to do it is by hitting the road.
If you’re like me with children varying in age, you will appreciate these great road trip game recommendations. These road trip games go beyond the good ol’ License Plate game and the best part is you don’t need to buy anything to play these. There’s a mix of games families with younger children can play and games older kids will enjoy.
Family Fun On Road Trips
This family favorite of mine is a great game for all ages. We modify the game as the kids grow. When they were much younger we would do simple prompts en route- “I spy a flag”, “I spy a cow” and that gradually moved onto “I spy something yellow”, “I spy 2 of something”, “I spy something that generates electricity “etc.
The Alphabet Game
This is a fun game to play especially when you challenge your family to find things you pass that start with the letter A. See if you can go all the way to Z, and yes, find everything in alphabetical order!
My 8-year old and 13-year old enjoy this especially as my son knows quite a bit of trivia on his favorite basketball and soccer players while my daughter will stump him with influential people, characters from books she has read, or even a childhood character he won’t even think twice about!
If you’ve never played 20 questions, don’t worry, it’s an easy game to pick up. 1 person thinks of a personality, place, animal, etc. The 2nd person then has to ask up to 20 questions that can only be answered by the other person with a “yes” or a “no”. If he/she guesses before or right the 20th question is asked, he/she gets to be the one who thinks of the next clue while the other asks the yes-no questions.
My kids like choosing a category, like sports personalities or animals. Each person playing names a personality and needs to remember each personality named, in order. Example: Player 1 says, “Cat”. Player 2 would then say, “Cat, Dog”. Player 3 continues, “Cat, Dog, Monkey.” etc.
How Well Do You Know Your Geography?
Traci Shannon (A Star In My Own Universe) highly recommends challenging older kids with games that involve letters and a generous dose of geography. Her kids enjoy Name the States in Alphabetic Order and How Many Cities Can You Name That Start With A etc.
Sara Dawkins-Phillips (Sensibly Sara) recommends this fun game especially if you have older kids who don’t think playing games is cool. So how does one play the original Slug Bug game? The 1st person to spot Volkswagen Beetle is entitled to one free punch on the shoulder, delivered to anyone in the car. If your kids know their cars, add a little extra fun and throw in two punches if the Beetle spotted is a classic design, a cabriolet, or features a unique modification. A tamer and safer version of this game would be assigning points versus free punches. The person with the most points wins.
Alphabet Sign Game
Debra Muccio (Finding Debra) enjoys playing this with her tween. In this game, everyone individually works on finding a word on a sign (road sign, billboard, building, etc) that begins with each letter of the alphabet. Call them out loud as they are discovered. No two people can use the same sign. The first one to get to Z wins.
This is another great game recommendation from Debra Muccio (Finding Debra). “One player starts a story and leaves off at a crucial point or detail. The next player picks up where the last player left off. There is no winner in this game, but it passes the time and the kids can get quite creative. EXTRA: Make each player have to use a place on your road trip itinerary in their story.”