3 Free car games to play with the kids


Avoid the annoying question ‘are we there yet’ with games so fun, they make the journey as good as reaching the destination.

Scavenger Bingo

This fun game combines bingo with a scavenger hunt. It requiress a little prep before the you leave home but it’s lots of fun once you hit the road. Each child needs a flat surface (a clipboard or hardcover book will do), to put on his or her lap.
Next, every child needs a bingo card (you can find free printable ones online or make one yourself) and a zip-lock bag with 16 pennies inside.
As each player spies an item listed on their card, they must cover the corresponding picture with a penny. – Just as with regular bingo, the first player to cover all the squares in a straight line, wins!

We’re going on a picnic

This alphabet-based memory game is great for kids, ages five and up. You don’t need any materials and this game can be played with as few as two players but is a lot more fun when the whole car joins in.
The first players starts by saying, ‘We’re going on a picnic and I’m bringing…’ followed by something that begins with ‘A’ like apples. The second player repeats what the first person said and adds something that begins with ‘B’.
So it may sound something like ‘We’re going on a picnic and I’m bringing apples and bananas.’ This carries on with the rest of the alphabet. If someone forgets an item, they are out. The winner is the last player able to recite all the items on the list.

The animal name game

This works best for children aged six and up. The game starts when one person in the car names an animal, then each person (in order) has to name another animal that starts with the last letter of the previous animal named. No animals can be repeated. If you have older children in the car, try mix up the themes and introduce TV shows, cities or even pop singers.