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License Plate Storytelling

Go beyond the traditional gameplay of finding a license plate from each state, and get creative with letter and number combinations! Each passenger picks a license plate and comes up with a silly story based on the letters and numbers they see. For example, a license plate that reads “ZDW723” could be used as inspiration for a story about zebras traveling to Disney World at 7:00am to go on 23 rides!

Want to kick things up a notch? Challenge each passenger to create a math word problem to solve! “72 zebras went to Disney World. They split up into 3 equal groups to go on different rides. How many zebras were in each group?” Or, keep things simple by asking each passenger to make a personal connection with each letter and number, i.e. “Zoe is my name, Daisy is my dog’s name, Waffles are my favorite food, 7 is my age, 2 is my lucky number, and there are 3 more hours until we get to our destination” No matter which version you play, this game is bound to get everyone thinking!

20 Questions with Categories

Playing this tried and true game with specific categories can help keep everyone’s questions more focused and intentional. One person starts by naming a category, like “animals,” “cartoons,” “things that start with B” - the sky’s the limit! Then, they choose one secret word from that category. Players take turns asking yes or no questions to zero in on what the word is. Appoint one person in the car to count the number of questions to make sure exactly 20 are asked. Then, everyone takes a turn guessing the secret word!

Start Where I End

Tap into your musical side with this lively game! Someone starts by singing one line of any song, and then points to someone to go next. That person must sing a line of a new song that starts with a word beginning with the last letter of the last word from the previous lyric. For example “We don’t talk about Bruno, no no!” from Encanto would result in the next lyric starting with O, like “Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweeping down the plain!” from Oklahoma.

To make it more challenging, you could level up by having the next line start with the same word that the previous line ended with. “We don’t talk about Bruno, no no!” could inspire the next person to sing, “No, no, no, stick to the stuff you know!” (High School Musical, anyone?) If someone is unable to think of a song lyric that starts with the appropriate letter or word, they’re out. Keep playing until there’s one singer standing!

Collaborative Tales

Tell a story together! As most classic tales begin, someone in the car starts with “Once upon a time…” and each person takes a turn to develop, continue, and end the story - one sentence at a time. Be sure to include the setting, main and secondary characters, a conflict, and a resolution. The plot line should be maintained, but everyone is welcome to add their own twist to the tale!

Have fun, and travel safely!

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