If you’re going to be in a car for over three hours, whether you’re with kids or not, things start to get a little dull and your travel mates might start to get restless. When you’re not in the mood for snacks and you need to keep your kids or mates pre-occupied, here are a few games you can play with or without a smartphone:
Test your vocabulary, spelling, critical thinking, and creativity! These brain teasers are sure to bring out the whole gang’s competitive nature and tickle your mind:
- Spelling bee. You’d be surprised at how much better some of the kids are than a lot of the adults.
- One word/sentence stories: take turns saying one word or one sentence to form a (sometimes incoherent) story. You’re bound to have a few laughs at the absurd things people come up with.
- Test out teamwork and patience and see how high your group can count when everybody can only contribute one number at a time.
- Example: Jeffrey says one. Silence. Dana says two. Carl and Xavier both say three at the same time. Go back to zero and start again.
- Categories. State a category (celebrity, fruit, etc.) and take turns saying words in that category. First one who runs out of words under that category loses.
- Name that ______. A variation of categories, except the next word should start with the last letter of the previous word.Example: Category COUNTRIES
- Jeffrey: Lithuania
- Dana: Afghanistan
- Carl: Nauru
- Xavier: Uganda
- Rhyming words: Pick a word and have each person think of a word that rhymes with the first word. Whoever drops the pace loses.
From nostalgia-filled and warm to frustrating because the song title is at the tip of your tongue, music games can keep you entertained for hours at an end. Here are a few you should try:
- Name that tune: Whether you’re using the car radio, an MP3, or are simply singing the song, you know how this works
- Categories (singing version): Pick a theme like “guitar”, and have everyone sing a line or song about or with the word guitar. Here are a few themes you can use:
- Show tunes
- Cartoon opening themes
- Movie theme songs
- Songs about family
- 80’s power ballads
- Sing along to Disney songs (not exactly a game but it’s oodles of fun)
- Create harmonies. If you’re with a bunch of musically gifted people, create everything from two part to eight part harmonies for acapella songs.
Getting to Know You
- Two truths and a lie. Pretty self-explanatory, right? Just take turns giving three statements (2 truths and 1 lie), and get everybody to guess which is which.
- What is the worst _______? Think of a few categories and get everybody to give you the worst name/food/experience/place or whatever you can think of.
- Example: What is the worst gift you’ve ever received?
- What is the best _______? Same concept as above
- What is the weirdest ______?
- Would you rather be ______ or ______? Everybody has to answer
- Example: Would you rather be smart but ugly or dumb but pretty?
Long car rides don’t have to be boring, awkward, or uncomfortable. As long as you arm yourself with a bunch of snacks, a smartphone filled with apps, a comfortable car hire, and a little imagination, you’ll be just fine. Happy Travels!