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When taking littles on the road for your next adventure, here are some games that don’t require any extra packing.

Sep 07, 2020 | Tips

If someone asks how much longer ONE MORE TIME we might lose our marbles. When taking littles on the road for your next adventure, here are some games that don’t require any extra packing.

We're going on an adventure!

This game starts with one person saying, “I’m going on an adventure and I’m going to bring…” 

The starting person must come up with a trend for the items they may be bringing, and use an item that fits the trend to start it off.

For example: “I’m going on an adventure and I’m going to bring… a mountain bike!” Then, asks the next person, “what are you going to bring?”

The next person will guess an item that they may think fits the trend. “A paddle board?” 

If their answer fits the trend, the leader says “You can bring that!” but if it doesn’t, they will say “Nope, not this time.” 

The people playing will ask around the car, ensuring to have the leader give an example of what they can bring, about every 3rd round or so. 

Examples of trends:

  • All words must end with an “e”
  • All items must be two words; paddle board, mountain bike, hiking boots, etc.
  • All words must begin with “M”
  • All words must have double letters in the middle; boots, paddle, coffee, beer, etc.
  • All items must begin with the leader’s first initial, or the person speaking’s first initial

Once someone thinks they know the trend, they must not give it away until everyone thinks they understand the trend!

A-D-V-E-N-T-U-R-E

Hand the kids a piece of paper with the letters for ADVENTURE (or another word of your choosing) down the left side of the page. Have them watch out the window and look for things to write down that match each letter.

A- Aspen tree

D- dog

V- van

…..

Whoever finishes theirs first wins!

Advanced version:

Have an adult play as well by being the scorekeeper. They will make their own list of things they see, and if the kids said the same thing for a particular letter, they get a point.

I Spy

If you don’t know how to play I Spy, you need to get out more. To play an advanced version, rather than just saying “I spy something green” and having others guess what it is, have them compile a list of everything they see that is green in a 60 second period, and see who comes up with the most. 

Build your own story

Go around the car having each person provide one word to make a story. The easiest way to begin is “Once upon a time there was…”

Each person gets one word and one word only, going clockwise through the passengers of the van. Keep things interesting by throwing words in there that no one would have thought of! 

The “leader” or whoever started the story holds the right to end the story.

Share your family road trip games with us!

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