Games you can play in the car

When the soundtrack starts sounding repetitive and boredom rears its ugly head, a few classic car games can quickly get everyone excited to be on the road again.

I spy with my little eye, something beginning with G. Games! Games to play in the car, to be precise. These simple games will have everyone entertained, whether you’re on a school run or halfway through a long haul across the country.

The roadside alphabet

This is a simple game that will have everyone craning their necks to read every single sign, billboard and shopfront you pass. The objective is to make your way through the alphabet, calling out any word you can see outside starting with the letter you’re on. To add a competitive element, whoever sees the word scores one point – work your way to a target or just see who has the most by the time you reach Z. You can up the excitement with some simple variations. Perhaps six letter words get double points or the word must be on a street sign.

The busy picnic

This is a fun game designed to push your memory to the limits. The first player starts by saying, “I’m going on a picnic and I’ve packed some sandwiches.” The next person has to add something else to the picnic. They might say, “I’m going on a picnic and I’ve packed some sandwiches and a thermos.” Keep going round and round, adding new items to your busy picnic until someone’s memory just can’t handle the pressure. You can make it more challenging by demanding that the picnic be packed alphabetically – avocados, boysenberries, cream pies, and so on.

Cows left!

Keep your eyes out for cows. If you see them on the left hand side of the road, shout out “Cows left!” If they’re on the right, shout “Cows right!” You get one point for a herd spotted on your side of the car and two for a herd on the other. If your route is suffering a dearth of dairy farms, simply change the target animal – the game can be just as much fun with sheep, horses, dogs or ducks.

The synonym spectacular

Think of a popular song, movie or book. Can you replace all the words in the title with synonyms – different words that mean the same thing? For example, Gone in 60 Seconds might become Left in a Minute. Take Me to Church could be Accompany Oneself to Sanctuary. It’ll stretch your brain to come up with a good one, but it’ll be even harder for your travelling companions to guess the original.

Of course, there’s always the old favourites such as I Spy and 20 Questions, but we’re sure you already know how to play them. Click here to learn how to play other fun games for the road including Spotto, Slug a Bug and other classics.