Travel games

Keeping the children amused

We've all played the old favourite "I spy" of course but it can get a bit repetitive on a long journey - 'C' for Car, 'R' for Road, 'C' for (another) Car......

Why not try one of these alternatives.

Who am I?

Pick a famous person - other players have to work out who you are by asking questions that can only be answered either "yes" or "no", such as "Are you a woman?"

Back to Front

Pick a subject (animals for example).Player one names an animal (cat). Player two now has to name an animal that starts with the last letter of the previous word (such as turtle). This carries on until the loser can't think of a new animal name.

Scavenger Hunt

Give each child a list of items to watch for while on the trip. The list can be made up ahead of time and adjusted for the scenery, and can include all sorts of things - cows, a horse box, a yellow car, or a driver wearing a hat for example. You could even include an AA Patrol or Van! For a younger child who can't yet read, you might draw a picture of each item.

Crazy Animals

Players pick a number plate combination from the next car they see and make up a crazy animal. For example, the letters HGS might be a Hairy Green Spider!


One person thinks of a category, such as reptiles. The other passengers then take turns naming items that fit in that category. When one of the participants can't name another thing in the current category, he or she is out. The game goes on until one of the last two players can't continue, but the other player doesn't 'win' unless he or she can name at least one more item in the category.

A large part of the fun is thinking up the categories:characters from The Simpsons, cities (or countries) that begin with 'B', things that are yellow, trees - the possibilities are endless.