Making memories with your kiddies as you travel is amazing, but if you are anything like us, being armed with some boredom busters for all of the waiting, queuing and hours stuck on planes, trains and cars is critical. We know packing light with kids is near on impossible, so we’ve picked our top travel goodies that are all compact, space-savers so you don’t need an extra Mary Poppins bag to bring them along for the ride. Here's our top eight tiny but mighty toys that are guaranteed to entertain them during the not-so-fun parts of travelling.
TWO PIECE SET PEOPLE & HOUSE BY DENA
This durable two-piece set by Dëna is perfectly-sized for open-ended play on-the-move. Made from flexible silicone, it's designed to get their imaginations whirring and their hands busy as well. They’ll love turning them inside out to discover new shapes, using them for role playing and once they get to where they are going, they can use them as moulds for baking or sand art. For babies they work great as teethers and sensory stimulation too. They are perfect for children of all ages.
32 WAYS TO DRESS ANIMALS BY WEE GALLERY
A pad of paper and a pencil is an obvious choice for keeping them occupied and getting them creative. Wee Gallery have designed a doodling book that is perfectly sized for kids to take on journeys with them. They’ll adore being able to play fashion designer and doodle outfits for each of the characters in the book, creating some really funny outcomes. The tear out pages mean mini artists can pop their works of art on their wall when they get home, or perhaps give them to new friends they meet on their travels. It’s a great one for preschool age and beyond.
LUCKEYS BY B.TOYS
If your little one can’t get enough of your proper keys, treat them to a set of their very own. Unlike other play keys, this robust set by B.Toys is made from child-safe stainless steel, so they have a bit of weight to them and you are likely to trick them into thinking they are yours (they always find it more fun when they are playing with yours, right?!) The main key features a push-on light and the other three have fun vehicle-effect sounds to entertain them. Thankfully the bright colours mean you won’t mistake them for your own though… Great for babies from 10 months.
COLLAPSIBLE FRISBEE BY SCRUNCH
Say hey to the ultimate flexi frisbee by Scrunch that can literally be folded and popped into your pocket. It's the perfect toy for packing in your suitcase for a holiday, because it really takes up no space at all. Scrunch it and stick it in your back pocket for trips out to the park or pub too. Waiting for pub grub? No worries. Initiate a game of frisbee in the garden. It's a toy that takes up no more space than your wallet and you won't want to leave it at home either. Suitable from 3 years+
TRAVEL PALS BY TEGU
Popular brand Tegu have created travel pals so kids can enjoy the magic of their magnetic blocks even on the road. Stored in a felt pocket, they are kept safe and together ready for when little ones needs some distraction. Once they realise the construction possibilities with even a few blocks, there will be no stopping their creativity. We love that this set lets them build up travel-focused vehicles like a boat, plane or even a rocket. Best for toddlers from 1 year.
CHALK BOARD BOOK BY JAQ JAQ BIRD
Another arty option for travelling is the Chalk Board Book by Jaq Jaq Bird. From tots first scribbles to school-aged kids drawings full of imagination, it's an ideal 8 page canvas for them to whip out and doodle on wherever they are. Unlike other colouring books, this one is reusable, just wipe it clean to use again and again and again. Using chalk, you can wipe them clean too, no more felt tip pen leaks on their clothes and car seats and anywhere else - hurrah! An ideal choice for preschoolers.
PLAY TAPE BY BIGJIGS
The play tape by Bigjigs is brilliant entertainment for travelling. For long hours spent on trains, planes and ferries, they can use the sticky tape to create a fun track on the table before pushing their vehicle around on it. It’s easy to use and mess-free too. Once they are finished, just peel it off. And with 7 metres of tape, there’s loads more opportunities for racing. Designed for 3 years+
PLACEMAT TO GO BY EAT SLEEP DOODLE
No one likes waiting for food… so it’s no surprise that kids can get a little hangry too. To avoid awkward meltdowns over grub while you travel, the Eat Sleep Doodle placemat to go is the ideal trick to whip out of your bag. With a double-sided placemat and 10 washable pens, they can get creative designing a colourful dinner on the plate outline, or turn it over to get sketching on the graph paper. It’s a sustainable choice too, get it home, wash it and pack it for the next occasion they need some focus away from their tummy rumbles. Perfect for preschoolers and beyond.
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