4 Captivating Car Games
Keep the learning going while on the road.
Hover over each Learning Benefit below for a detailed explanation.
Adding and Subtracting
- The Alphabet Game: The first player starts the game by saying, "I'm going on a field trip and I'm bringing ________," naming something that starts with the letter A. The next player repeats this, and then adds an item that begins with the letter B. The game goes through the alphabet until a player gets tripped up trying to recite the whole list. If remembering the list becomes too difficult for younger travelers, just name an item with the next letter rather than repeating all the items.
- Mental Math: The first player finds a number on a road sign. The next player does the same and adds their number to the first person's number. The game continues, with each person in the car taking turns finding numbers. Everyone wins if the numbers add up to 20 before the car reaches its destination.
- Go Fish: Give your child a three-foot piece of string with a magnet tied to the end. Place a container of magnetic letters at his feet, or just scatter them on the floor of the car. Once a letter has been "caught," ask your child to identify the letter. Younger children can think of a word that begins with that letter, and older ones can think of the word and spell it.
- The Letter Game: One player selects a letter. Everyone in the car looks for things that start with that letter. The first person to call out an item starting with the selected letter gets one point. The person with the most points at the end of the drive (or other designated period of time) wins the game.