Games to occupy your kids on car journeys

Unfortunately, the places you want to explore aren’t always close by. Here’s a useful tool to have with you for those long car journeys…


We’ve all heard it many times before:

“Are we there yet?”

“What’s the time?”

“How long until we’re there?”

Sometimes these questions start no longer than 10 minutes after leaving the house!

It doesn’t matter how excited they are to begin with, long car journeys are not much fun for kids (nor the adults!).

One thing we’ve created in the past are “tick sheets“.  Simple lists we created and printed off from the computer for the kids to try and spot things, ticking them off as they went.

This could include a certain colour car, a helicopter, etc.

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With a long trip to Devon this summer we decided to search around for some other inspiration to entertain the kids and came across Car Games: 100 Games to Avoid “Are We There Yet?” from Amazon, and it was well worth the money.

Although it’s full of car games for kids, there was something in there for everyone… even our 3-year-old …and even the adults.   Simple but fun games.

Whilst nothing can make the journey shorter, we at least had some tricks up our sleeves.

A few favourites of ours have been the traffic light game, spotting what your future car will be, and the license plate game.

No, I’m not going to give you spoilers on what they are – you’ll have to buy the book 😉

We also use the I-Spy books, which are great for journeys.

i-spy books

100 Things for Little Children to do on a Journey

Another item that is popular for car journeys is the 100 Things for Little Children to do on a Journey.

This isn’t a book but a set of activity cards.

The pack comes with a pen to use with the cards that can be wiped off so that the cards can be reused on another journey.

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