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25 Fun Road Trip Games for Kids and Families

Before you hop in the car for your next road trip with the kids take a look at these totally fun travel games and activities for kids and families. You’ll find travel Bingo games, road trip scavenger hunt games, word games and riddles, and printable sheets for travel binders. That means fewer squabbles and less complaining so you can have fun on your family road trip.

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Road Trip Games for Kids

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1.  Magnetic tanagrams

This simple activity will keep kids busy for a little while as they explore making new shapes, and will stay put on a metal tray. See the DIY and free templates from Dream a Little Bigger.

2.  Magnetic Tic Tac Toe Game

Make your own easy DIY Magnetic Tic Tac Toe game and travel tin from Canadian Family.

3. Wikki Stix Traveler Set

Wikki Stix are a fun, mess-free, creative activity that my kids have always loved. Take a look at this Wikki Stix traveler set. You can probably ditch the bulky case, but the supplies are perfect for kids who like to be creative. Find it here.

4. Melissa and Doug Hangman Flip Game

This is another favorite travel game in our house. Once your kids can spell a few words, they can start playing hangman. It’s a game that is built to last, so you’ll be able to keep it and use it for years. We’ve had ours for about 5 years, and it’s still going strong! Find it here

5. Melissa and Doug License Plate Flip Game

Really, you can’t go wrong with these Melissa and Doug travel flip games. If your kids like to play the license plate game, then this is something you’ll want to keep around. It’s easy to keep track of which states have been spotted and all of the pieces stay connected…so no missing pieces. Ever. Find it here.

6. Backseat Bingo Games

Grab a set of these Bingo cards and have fun spotting the various sights along the way. They have several different sets to choose from. Find them here.

7. Rubber Neckers Game

Rubber Neckers is a really fun challenge game where players earn points for completing challenges. I love that many players can play this game together, so it really makes for a fun car ride game. Each card has a challenge (e.g. get a person in another vehicle to wave, be first to spot a picnic table, etc.) with a point value, and you can play to however many points you choose. Find it here.

8. Games on the Go Set

This set is a collection of portable guessing games, word games, memory challenges, and more. They’re great to keep in your purse to play with the kids in the car, or while your waiting for your food at a restaurant. I love this set because they’re games that the family can play together. Find it here.


Printable Road Trip Games for Kids

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Whether you want to save a few dollars or are short on time, these printable travel games are a great way to add some time-fillers to your arsenal on the road.

9. Would You Rather Printable

Use this free printable to make your own Would You Rather travel game From Landeeloo

Printable Would You Rather road trip game (from Landeelu). Plus a ton of other road trip games for kids.

10. Car Bingo

This is a simple printable games set that includes a printable car Bingo game. From Simply Designing

printable road trip game set (from Simply Designing)

11. Road Trip License Plate Map Coloring Sheet

I love this coloring version of the license plate game. Kids color in the states as they spot the different license plates.  From Happiness is Homemade

Printable road trip license plate coloring map from Happiness is Homemade.

12. Printable Activity Pack

The kids will have plenty of road trip games to choose from with this huge printable travel games pack. From Mother’s Niche

Amazing printable car games kit from Mother's Niche. Plus a ton of other super-fun road trip games to keep the kids busy on your next long car ride.

13. Printable Road Trip Activity Pack

This printable road trip activity pack includes five road trip games for kids. From Playdough to Plato

Free printable road trip activity pack for kids from Playdough to Plato. Check out all of the amazing printable road trip games we've collected for you.

14. Restaurant I Spy Printable

This is a fun I Spy game that is perfect for road trips. Check out this Restaurant I Spy game From 3 Boys and a Dog

Use this printable Restaurant I Spy game from 3 Boys and a Dog on your next long road trip. Click through to see 24 more fun road trip games for kids.

15. Road Trip Scavenger Hunt Printables

This printable travel scavenger hunt set has just the right level of challenge for any age kid in the car. Print as many as you need for your toddlers, big kids, or tweens and teens.  Go to Road Trip Scavenger Hunts.

16. License Plate Game

Kids can see what the different state license plates look like while they play this printable license plate game. From The Suburban Mom

Printable license plate game fro kids from The Suburban Mom. Click through for more fun road trip game ideas for kids.

17. Kids road trip Scavenger Hunt

Use this printable road trip scavenger hunt with your younger kids. The cute illustrations are perfect for preschoolers.  From Kristen Duke Photography

See how to get this free printable road trip scavenger hunt game for little kids.

18. Printable License Plate Game

Keep it simple with this printable license plate game. Kids can check off the states as they see the corresponding license plates. You can make this a cooperative game with all kids working together to finish the sheet, or print off multiple copies and make it a race to see who can find them all first. From Raising Whasians

Print your own license plate game (from Raising Whasians) before your next long car trip with the kids. Click through for more fun road trip games for kids.

19. Road Trip Alphabet Race

It’s a race to see who can spot the first thing beginning with each letter that is drawn from the pack. Whoever has the most letters at the end of the game wins! Free printable game From Handmade Charlotte.

Free printable alphabet road trip game for kids (from Handmade Charlotte). Click through for more fun road trip game ideas for kids.

20. Printable I Spy Game

Kids have to really look hard to find all of the items on the I Spy card. You can make your own or print this one from From Dabbles and Babbles.

Learn how to make your own I Spy game for kids to use on your next road trip (From Dabbles and Babbles).

21. Printable Road Trip Games

Here are a few more printable travel games. The “Which Colors Can You Find” is one that I hadn’t seen before, so I had to include it here. From Cutesy Crafts

Free printable travel game set from Cutesy Crafts. Click through for more fun road trip ideas for kids.

22. Printable Would You Rather (Disney theme) Game

Disney fans will enjoy this Disney-themed version of the popular Would Your Rather game. Free printable From One She Two She

Disney road trip idea: Free printable Would You Rather Travel Game from One She Two She

23. Road Trip Word Search

Add this Road Trip Word Search to your game printables and put them all in a binder to keep them organized. From Artsy Fartsy Mama

Free printable road trip word search travel game from Artsy Fartsy Mama. Click through for more fun road trip game ideas for kids.

24. Road Trip Sticker Activity Set

This is a fabulous printable sticker travel game set From The Homes I Have Made.

Printable sticker road trip game kit for kids (from The Homes I Have Built). Plus a ton of other super-fun road trip games for kids.

25. Road Trip Games Printables Pack

Grab this road trip games printables pack for your kids road trip From Today’s Creative Life.

Printable road trip activity set from Urban Bliss Life for Today's Creative Life. Click through for more fun road trip game ideas for kids.

If your road trip is also a camping trip, be sure to also take a look at our useful list of what to bring camping with kids.


Final Tips on Road Trip Games for Kids

  • You can print all of these free printable travel games, and put copies in a binder for your kids to keep everything neat and organized.
  • Some families like to ration out the games so that the kids don’t rush through everything in the first hour of the trip. You can set a timer or use post it notes to remind you of when to pull out a new set of games. This is really a great tip, because it allows for lots of variety and the kids always have something to look forward to.

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