Need some road trip games for preschoolers for your upcoming vacation? Keeping preschoolers and kindergarteners entertained during long car rides can be a challenge, but with a handful of engaging games up your sleeve, you can turn those hours on the road into an exciting adventure. In this post, we’ll share a collection of classic road trip games that are perfect for young travelers. Get ready to make lasting memories while keeping boredom at bay!

silver airstream driving down the highway. road trip games for preschoolers

Along with games, you’re going to need a few more items, especially if your children are very young. Here are some traveling essentials for toddlers.

I Spy game (great for preschoolers!)

A classic game that never gets old! Start by saying, “I spy with my little eye, something that is…” and give a clue about an object you see from the car window. Encourage your child to guess what you’re looking at by describing its color, shape, or location. Switch roles and let your little one be the “spy” too!

And here are some valuable tips and hacks in the event you’re taking long flights with kids.

Travel Scavenger Hunt

Prepare a list of items your child can find during the trip, such as a yellow house, a windmill, a blue truck, or a street sign with a specific name. Give them the list and have them check off the items as they find them. It’s a great way to keep their eyes engaged and promote observation skills.

If your trip happens to be during the holiday season, check out this free printable Christmas lights scavenger hunt.

License Plate Game

Challenge your preschooler or kindergartener to spot license plates from different states. Help them read the different states on the printable and circle the plates as they spot them. Try to collect as many as possible during the trip. It’s a fun way to learn about geography and numbers while keeping their eyes peeled for unique plates. A dollar store clipboard is perfect for holding your printable and any other games, coloring sheets, etc.

printable license plate scavenger hunt game with the names of all 50 states

Click here for printable license plate road trip game (black and white)

Click here for printable license plate road trip game (color)

Sing-Alongs (also great for preschoolers- the sillier the better!)

Create a playlist of their favorite children’s songs or nursery rhymes and have a sing-along session in the car. Encourage them to participate by clapping their hands, tapping their feet, or even making up their own dance moves. Singing together is not only entertaining but also helps with language development and memory skills.

Guess the Sound

Imitate various sounds such as a car horn, a dog barking, or a bird chirping, and have your child guess what it is. They can also take turns making sounds for you to guess. It’s a playful game that promotes listening skills and encourages creativity.

Click here for our printable family summer bucket list

A fun selection of road trip games for preschoolers are a must for your travel arsenal. Remember, the journey is just as important as the destination, and these interactive activities will make the time fly by while creating precious memories. Pack your enthusiasm, buckle up, and embark on an adventure filled with laughter, learning, and connection.

Safe travels and happy gaming!


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