5 of the Best Road Trip Games for Keeping Kids Entertained
Road tripping with kids is one of the most rewarding things you can do as a parent. It’s amazing to see our children getting out and exploring nature and the world around them. However, that doesn’t mean that road tripping with kids is without its challenges. If you’re on the road with kids, you’ve likely heard “Are we there yet?” so many times that you wish the phrase no longer existed. And while tablets and phones provide a great source of entertainment for our little ones, as parents, we often don’t want our kids constantly glued to a screen. Well, no need to worry, because we’ve compiled a list of the top 5 tried and tested road trip games that are guaranteed to hold the attention of your kids for hours during all of your RV journeys to come:
1. Road Trip Bingo
Road trip bingo is the perfect game for long drives because it’s relatively easy to set up and will hold the attention of your kids. It’s also great because it can be played by any number of people so it doesn’t matter if you have one kid on the road with you or a whole troop of them. Road trip bingo simply requires you (or your kids) to make a list of regular items that you might come across on the road eg. a dog in another car, a motorhome, an out-of-state license plate etc. and your kids simply have to tick the items off as they see them. Another reason that we love this game is that you can adapt the length of the list depending on how long the journey is, so if you’re doing a big driving day you might be brave enough to attempt a 100-item list. We should warn you though that this game can get pretty competitive, but that’s all part of the fun!
2. Forbidden Phrases
Forbidden phrases is super easy to play and requires very little effort on your behalf, which is always a bonus. Simply come up with 5 words or phrases (any more than 5 might be too much for your kids to remember) that the kids aren’t allowed to say during the journey. Each of your kids can start with 10 points and they lose one point each time they say one of the “forbidden phrases”. The person with the most points at the end of the journey wins. It’s hilarious listening to your kids making conversation in the back as they try to trick each other into using the forbidden phrases.
3. 20 Questions
This is a classic road trip game played by adults and kids alike which is hardly surprising considering it’s so much fun! You can join in on this game or simply teach your kids how to play so that you can relax (or drive) for a bit. 20 Questions is a guessing game where one person has to think of a famous person, character or type of animal and the other participant/s have to ask questions to figure out what/who they are. What makes it so interesting is that the guessers are only allowed to ask yes or no questions AND they only get to ask 20 questions which sometimes makes the whole thing pretty tricky, no matter how old you are! This is also a great way for you to develop your kids’ critical thinking skills without them even realising it.
4. Alphabet Race
This one is a bit of a similar concept to road trip bingo. To play alphabet race, simply write the alphabet out on pieces of paper for your children and tell them they have to spot items during the drive that begin with each letter of the alphabet. The first one to get all the letters wins, and if that doesn’t happen (let’s be honest, letters like X and Z can be pretty difficult) whoever has the most letters filled in at the end of the drive, wins. It’s as easy as that!
5. Pitstop Wars
This one isn’t really a game that you play in the car but it’s still great for road trips. All you have to do is plan a mini sports competition that will take place every time you have to make a pitstop. Picture something like “the first person to do 10 jumping jacks, 10 sprints and 10 squats wins”. When kids are spending a big portion of the day in the car, they’re pretty sedentary and aren’t getting much physical activity so this is a fun way to get them up and moving for a few minutes. And if your kids are in a bit of an iPad haze (we’ve all been there) this is a great way to snap them out of it. If you’re lucky, all the running and jumping around might even be enough to make them conk out for a nap.
At Windsor, we have a range of family caravans and motorhomes that are designed to help you and your family fulfill your dream of a life on the road. With layouts that are spacious, practical and crafted with kids in mind, Windsor RVs are the go-to option for adventurous and fun-loving families who like to hit the road. Check out our range of family-friendly RVs online today! Do you have a question that you can’t find the answer to online? Get in touch with one of our friendly team members who will be more than happy to have a chat with you.