Car Games

These games are to help you and your children keep preoccupied while driving to your SAFE destination.

The House on the Hill
Invent stories about people in the houses you are driving by. What do you think they do for work? What’s their favorite food? Where do they go on vacation? Get into lots of details, such as whether they snore loudly or are afraid of spiders. Give them names, hobbies, pets, and so on.

I Spy
Someone says, “I spy with my little eye something green.” Whoever guesses the item correctly goes next. You could limit the items to what’s in the area. Or you could get tricky and play I Spied, selecting items that you’ve already passed.

Raindrop Race
On a rainy day, each player traces the course of a raindrop down the car window. The first drop to reach the bottom wins.

More Backseat Tips

Strap a shoe bag to the back of the front seat and stuff it with your small kid-entertainment supplies: crayons and coloring books; kids’ magazines; craft supplies, such as pipe cleaners, markers, glue sticks, and construction paper; songbooks; paper doll kits; a deck of cards; and a cassette player with story tapes. And don’t forget a Frisbee, jump rope, and chalk (to draw hopscotch grids) for rest stops.

  • mini-puzzles with a backboard
  • video games, cassette or CD player (with headphones)
  • travel versions of board games
  • stuffed animals
  • Etch A Sketch
  • cookie sheet (a good lap tray)
  • word puzzles
  • small action figures or dolls
  • stickers
  • Trivial Pursuit cards
  • cotton string (for cat’s cradle games)

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