Best Road Trip Games for Kids

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The holidays are fast approaching along with painful family road trips. And the endless asking … are we there yet. Well, not this year! We are getting our Road Trip Games on! I know all too well that after a long car ride, the kids are burnt out and you just want to get to Gma’s. The nagging, the whining, the frustration, what’s next… dun dun dun … introducing the Best Road Trip Games for Kids.

That’s right! How about some good old fashion Road Trip Games for kids of all ages. I know you’re laughing. I’m serious though. This stuff has been my saving grace and sanity for years and still is. On average, the typical American travels 50+ miles or more over the holidays. And that’s on the low end. I’ve discovered, electronics can only go so far and that’s exactly why we’ve put together this list of road trip games.

In today’s article, I’m going to share some of our favorites, some of the classics, and even one we found at the Cracker Barrel Restaurant (you don’t have to go there to get it though.) The Road Trip Games for Kids I share in this article can be played in the car, on the plane, or even on the train. I’ve saved them into an Amazon List for easy access and the last one I discuss is an easy list of free games!

Let’s keep our sanity this holiday!

1.) Airplane Foldable Origami-Kids Travel Tray

Origami! What’s not to love here. Get the littles started early and get the bigs ones to jump in and help. Stop stress-inducing meltdowns over crayons, stickers, and other toys. Let the folks at Jumbo Ears help you this holiday season with their Origami Travel Tray.

This Ultra-Compact Origami Travel Play Tray has 2 in 1. Activities Center Side Pockets or Toys Organizer for Toddler or Baby Play Space.

Road Trip for Kids Game Includes:

  • Keep Calm and Enjoy design – Designed for the airplane to keep everything in place during shaky flights
  • No Mess or Fuzz – Keep games, activities and accessories organized while flying with kids
  • Compact Bag – Get toddler toys and activities organized in the backseat on plane, train or car
  • Easy to Clean – Keeps toddlers food in place on a flight, clean with wipes or machine wash
  • Fast and Easy Setup – Designed to unfold fast and covers all airline seat trays

2.) National Geographic Kids Ultimate U.S. Road Trip Atlas

Keeping kids entertained on a long car ride can be painfully challenging, but the National Geographic Kids Ultimate U.S. Road Atlas can help. This book includes easy-to-read, simple road maps of each state. I find the education component makes this one of my favorite Road Trip Games for Kids list!

Road Trip for Kids Game Includes:

  • State symbols
  • Cool things to do
  • Boredom busters
  • Fun facts
  • Wacky roadside attractions (Our favorite!)
  • Games accompany the map
  • And much more…

It also includes an index for kids to look up names and places. Allowing kids to learn on the long car ride!

3.) Solid Wood Brain Teasers

This is one of our favorites because it includes puzzle games. Keeps the kids entertained and it fit in an easy to travel storage tin.

Road Trip for Kids Game Includes:

  • 7 Challenging Wood Teasers
  • Includes Tic Tac Toe, Mind Magic, Finish Line, Round About, Roll-Em, and Insanity, and more
  • 6 Years + Up

3.) Big Life Journal

Big Life Journal Teaches Kids 4-14 to Embrace Mistakes and Start Believing in Themselves! Great for long car rides when everyone needs a break from games. Journalling provides a great way for kids to reflect and write about their challenges, their goals, and positive thinking.

Big Life Journal Includes:

  • Teaches a growth mindset and overcoming challenges.
  • It teaches perseverance, grit, self-belief, positive thinking, and more.
  • An engaging tool that helps kids develop growth and resilient mindset so they can face life’s challenges with confidence.

3.) Travel Bingo 4 Pack

Who doesn’t love a game of bingo! Great for family travel and comes in a variety of colors to choose from.

Road Trip for Kids Game Includes:

  • Durable 4 Pack Assorted Travel Bingo Cards
  • Perfect for Roadtrips (Includes a mix of Auto Bingo Cards and Interstate Cards)
  • Mark the Items by sliding the shutter windows
  • First one to get 5 shutter windows in a row calls Bingo
  • Miles of fun!

When we play, the winner gets to pick a treat from the snack box!

4.) Smart Games IQ Puzzler Pro

What we love about this game is that it’s for both kids and adults!

Road Trip for Kids Game Includes:

  • Travel-Friendly Educational Toy: IQ-Puzzler Pro features 120 challenges for long car rides. 3 playing modes, including both 2D & 3D challenges.
  • Thanks to its compact size and portable travel case, you can put this puzzle at the top of your family’s travel games list.
  • Your child can build their concentration skills, problem-solving abilities, spatial insight, logic, and planning while playing.
  • Ages 6 & Up: This puzzle is perfect for kids and adults alike.
  • Award-Winning: SmartGames is the worldwide leader in multi-level logic family games.
  • Free app with features that enhance the experience of physical SmartGames.

5.) Free Road Trip Games

  • 20 Questions: This is a fun game and super easy. A player asks another player to think of something in a general category. The other player then tries to guess what they are thinking by using yes-or-no questions. If the paying guessing uses all 20 questions and still hasn’t guessed correctly they are given 5 additional questions. If those questions fail, the other player is declared the winner.
  • I Spy with my little eye: One person starts by says “I spy with my little eye” and the rest of the group guesses. Whoever guesses correctly wins and gets to be the spy.
  • Alphabet Game: With this game, you start with the first letter of the Alphabet, A. For example, you may say “A big green grasshopper was jumping alongside the road. The next player takes the following letter. In this example, it would be the letter B. Because the grasshopper was wearing a red bandana a taxi stopped him. After that, the following player would continue with the letter C. To sum it up, the game can turn into a pretty funny story.
  • License Plate Game: This is one of our favorite car games for kids. First, decide how long you want to play. We usually play for 15-20 minute sessions. Each player needs a sheet of paper or you could use dry erase board. The goal is to write down as many different license plates that you spot on the road. The player with the most states at the end is the winner.

List of the 50 States and the District of Columbia

District of Columbia

New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
West Virginia

In conclusion, it is possible to have a stress-free road trip when you chose the right games for your family! We hope this list helps you do just that!

Have a wonderful and blessed holiday season!

Oh, and don’t forget the snacks!

You can see a full list of Best Road Trip Games for Kids here!
Cheers to easy holiday travel this year!

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Best Road Trip Games for Kids