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8 Educational Car Games for Your Cross Country Move

Posted in Moving on Jun 01, 2015, tagged with family

Whether you're heading off on a road trip vacation or getting ready for a cross-country move, you need a way to keep your kids occupied during the long drive. Setting them up with a movie or TV show on a smartphone or tablet is a good way to pass the time, but the peace and quiet won't last your whole trip—aside from the negative effects of too much screen time, your kids will eventually get bored, and when that happens, it's time to get everyone involved and and play some road trip car games.

Here are 8 games that will not only keep your kids (and you) occupied during your long distance move, but will also challenge them and increase their knowledge of the world around them. 

1. The Color Game

Ages 2+

The Color Game is a road trip classic. As long as your kids know their colors, this game can be a blast for them and for you.

Have one passenger choose a color. Each person then has to find something that color in their surroundings. Try choosing a color specific to the state flag where your new home will be to get everyone excited about the move.

For an added challenge, specify that everyone has to find a car in that color—no scenery allowed. 

2. Twenty Questions

Ages 4+

We all know how to play 20 questions. Choose one person to think of one of an animal, fruit, vegetable, person, book—you name it. The rest of your crew will take turns asking yes or no questions. After 20 questions are asked, each player gets a chance to guess. 

3. The Alphabet Game

Ages 5+

The goal of the game is to identify all the letters of the alphabet in order from A to Z. Decide where to look for each letter of the alphabet; for example, road signs or license plates. Each player then has to identify each letter of the alphabet, but they can only look at what you've chosen—in this example, road signs or license plates. The first person to spot every letter of the alphabet wins. 

4. The Animal Name Game

Ages 6+

One person names an animal. Then, in order, each person willname another animal that starts with the last letter of the previous animal named. There are no winners or losers in this game.

You can play this game with any category you want, such as states, band names, movies, books, school subjects—there are no limits. The only rule is that you can't repeat what someone else has said. 

5. Road Trip Bingo

Ages 7+

This game requires a bit of prep before you hit the road. Search online for a road trip Bingo card, and print off several copies so you can play throughout your trip. 

6. License Plate Game

Ages 7+

Have each passenger keep an eye on the license places of the other cars on the road. Using a pad of paper, write down the name of every state license plate you spot. Keep going till you spot all 50. Bonus points if you can spy the Canadian provinces as well!

7. Categories

Ages 9+

One player chooses a “category” and the other players take turns naming items that belong in that group. The category can be as specific as “state birds,” or as broad as “types of birds.” The category chosen will determine how difficult or easy the game is. The game continues until players run out of ideas for the category.

GAME PLAY TIP: A clapping rhythm keeps up the pace so players won’t take too long to come up with a response.

8. Botticelli

Ages 12+

This is a great game for older kids who are familiar with people in the news and other public and historic figures.

One person chooses a public figure, and provides the rest of the players with their initials. Taking turns, each person gets to ask yes or no questions until, as a team, you identify the chosen public figure.

Conclusion

With some fun and challenging road trip games in your toolkit, you’re ready for your cross country trip to your new home. These eight road trip classics will keep you and your kids occupied on your long drive:

  1. The Color Game
  2. 20 Questions
  3. The Alphabet Game
  4. The Animal Name Game
  5. Road Trip Bingo
  6. License Plate Game
  7. Categories
  8. Botticelli