Great Family Road Trip Games

It's the middle of winter for many of us, so road trips may not be top of the to-do list. But some of you live in more forgiving climates where a road trip can happen at any time.
 
Anyone who has taken a long family road trip knows how easy it is to rely on electronics. They are easy, convenient and they keep the kids quiet. But they also become a barrier to communication. The family is sitting together, and nobody says anything. 
 
Rather than hauling out the electronic gadgets, try these low-tech activities that will help you spend some quality time and bond as a family.

The Squiggle Game

What is it:  A drawing game.
 
What you will need:  Paper and a pen, and at least 2 players.  This game should be played by non-drivers only.
 
How to play:  The first person will draw a random squiggle on the page.  The second person will use the squiggle as a basis for a drawing.  Watch how a looping squiggle quickly becomes a fish, a face, or a tree! 
 
Benefits:  This game is great for encouraging creativity, drawing skills, dexterity.
 

The Alphabet Game

What is it:  A memory game.
 
What you will need:  Several players (the more the better!)
 
How to play:  Pick a category (“animals” is a good choice, but you can use other categories too).  The first player will name an animal that start with “A”.  The next player will repeat the “A” animal and then name an animal that starts with “B”.  The next player will repeat the “A” and “B” animals and then name an animal with “C”.  The game continues in this pattern.  If someone can’t repeat the sequence, they are eliminated from the game.  The game continues until 1 player remains, or “Z” is reached.
 
Benefits:  This game is great for memory, building knowledge of different animal names.  Because there are so many possible animal names, this game can be replayed multiple times.
 

The License Plate Game

What is it:  A searching game.
 
What you will need:  Paper and a pen, and at least one player (the more the merrier!)
 
How to play:  Identify as many different license plates as possible (provinces or states).  See how many you can find!  Keep a list of what you found.
 
Benefits:  This game is great for focusing attention.
 

The “Red Car” Game

What is it:  A searching game
 
What you will need:  As many players as you’d like
 
How to play:  Select a car colour or type (either a brand or style of car).  Each player will point out when they see a car of that colour or type.  The first to point out the car gets a point.  The player with the most points wins.
 
Benefits:  This game is great for focusing attention.
 

The Cloud Game

What is it:  A creativity game
 
What you will need:  As many players as you’d like.
 
How to play:  Each player will look at the clouds.  The goal is to identify different objects that the clouds look like.  Players should point out their findings to everyone else.
 
Benefits:  This game is great for creativity and shared experiences.
 

Conclusion

Do you have any low-tech games that you like to play with your family?  Share them below!