We all want to find ways to make car journeys pass more quickly, so we’ve compiled a list of our favourite car games, which adults can enjoy playing as much as the children.
Everyone in the car takes it in turns to choose a person in their head (for example a celebrity, a historical figure, or why not personalise it and chose someone that everyone in the car knows), then everyone else in the car is able to ask yes or no questions to try and figure out who the person is. Guess the person correctly within 21 questions, and you’ve won.
2 truths, 1 lie
Often used as an ice-breaker activity, for this game everyone takes it in turns to present 3 facts about themselves to the rest of the car. 2 facts must be true, and 1 must be a lie, and the rest of the car has to figure out which one’s the lie.
This one requires a piece of paper and a pen. Everyone in the car decides together on a number of categories to jot down on the paper, for example: girls’ names, boys’ names, film title, singer, author, town name, colour, high-street brand etc.
One person in the car selects a letter, and everyone has 1 minute to jot down an answer to each category that begins with the chosen letter. At the end of the minute, everyone shares their answers and if you have an answer that nobody else has, you’re awarded a point. The aim is to find the most obscure and unique answers to each category.
This game is similar to scategories, this time however a category or theme is chosen, one person starts with ‘A’ and has to name something in that category beginning with A, which passes to the next person to find something in that category beginning with ‘B’ and so on. The game should be as fast paced as possible, and if you can’t find something beginning with your letter it passes to the next person, and you’re out for the round.
Guess the song & artist
Here someone takes control of the in-car music, they select a song and play the first 5 seconds. The rest of the car has to try and guess the name of the song, with bonus points if they can name both the song & artist.
I went to the shop and bought
This game is a good way to test your memory. Someone starts the game with the line: “I went to the shop and bought…” adding in an item, for example ‘milk’. The next person then repeats this, adding on something additional. For example: I went to the shop and bought ‘milk’ and ‘bread’. Carry this on and see how many items can be added before someone forgets.
For this game, 1 person starts by naming a random word, the person following then needs to say a word that relates to the previous word, and so on. See how long you can keep the chain going with no repeats.
This game is all about story creation. Someone starts off the story with a sentence beginning with ‘fortunately’, before detailing something. The next person then continues the story, starting the sentence with ‘unfortunately’.
Tin foil challenge
For this game you’ll need to pack a roll of tin foil. Give everyone in the car a square of foil, then chose a theme and see who can create the best creation in 2 minutes.
Would you rather
This game is about asking people to choose between 2 options of out of the box questions, and again is often used as a way to get people talking. For example: “would you rather have hands for feet, or feet for hands”…
This is less of a game and actually more a clever way to keep your car quiet for a little while (for when you need a break from all the games). Distribute hard-boiled lollipops to everyone, and the competition is who can keep it the longest without taking it out of their mouth.
And a list of car games wouldn’t be complete without the classic that is I-spy. For this game, someone chooses an object that they can see in the car and says: ‘I spy with my little eye, something beginning with ‘A’. The rest of the car then have to guess what object it is that the person is referring to.