Car games for kids that involve license plates are a classic travel game and they are just as fun today as when we were children. My sisters and I used to play these games almost every day that we were on the road with my dad. Little did we know they were actually educational!
The State Game: Version 1
This is a great game that only requires a pad of paper and a pencil for each child. As you are driving, everyone tries to see the license plates on cars around them. The idea is to find one for every state. Set a time limit and the person with the longest list at the end is the winner. Oh, and each plate is only counted once, so it’s a first see, first get situation!
The State Game: Version 2
This version is similar to the one above, except that you gain points for each license plate. Again, each plate can only be counted once. Keep score on a notepad.
The Points: Same State: 1 point Adjoining State: 2 points Any other State: 5 points Another country: 20 points
The game ends when everyone is tired of playing, or you can have a time limit.
Make a Phrase
For this game, you need to focus on the letters in the license plates. You have to make a phrase that makes sense using those three letters as the first letters of each word. For example, if the license plate says KIS, you could say something like:
“Karen, I’m Sick.” “Kitchens In Seconds.” “Kyle Is Silly”
This game isn’t really competitive, it’s just a lot of fun and it will really get the giggles going as you search for funny phrases that start with X!