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The best travel toys are lightweight, mess-free and easily packed into a carry on bag or the backseat. Plus, I want to keep my kids screen-free for as long as possible. I reviewed some of the best toys for travel and here are my top picks.
The Best Travel Toys for Babies
Sophie the Giraffe ~$23
This has been my daughter’s favorite chew toy. She’s tried other teethers, but this was her favorite. We like traveling with it because it’s lightweight.
Babies love these books because they can “tear” the pages (which don’t actually tear!), chew the pages, and crush the pages. These books really are indestructible–so much that you can even put them in the washing machine! They are perfect for traveling because they are lightweight and don’t make noise.
When you read to your little one, you can put your finger in the finger puppet located in the back of the book. There are peek-a-boo holes in every page. This book fascinated my daughter. Keep a look out for discount books at your local thrift stores. We picked up ours for 50 cents each!
The Best Travel Toys for Toddlers
- Kids’ Dinosaur Travel Tray
- Crayola Color Wonder Mess-Free Coloring
- Fat Brain Toys Kids Spinagain Toy
- Buckle Toy Boomer
This tray straps onto a tray table or car seat which creates a fun and organized space for kids to play. The Traceable Travel Tray provides a creative surface image with fun characters and pictures that can be traced on a blank piece of paper and then colored based on each child’s own imagination. It’s fun for a broad age range from toddler to pre-teen. The side walls prevent toys from falling on the floor.
The Color Wonder is a unique ink that appears only on special paper. The no-mess ink is clear on most surfaces, but each marker “magically” shows up a different color on Color Wonder Paper. This way, you can trust your kids not to draw on the airplane seat or walls next to them!
These toys include a set of 6 colorful discs that spin down a corkscrew pole and stack up any way. Kids can practice sorting discs by color, shape, and size. These toys encourage hand-eye coordination, cause-and-effect learning, and motor dexterity. It was also the recipient of the 2016 Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Award. The larger size may not be the best for traveling, but it is lightweight.
Buckle Toy Boomer ~$20
This toy helps toddlers develop fine motor skills, cognitive skills, hand eye coordination, and problem solving skills. There are vibrant colored straps, and buckles to hold child’s attention. The small size is perfect for small hands and to clip on a stroller, diaper bag, shopping cart, high chair, or car seat!
The Best Travel Toys for Young Children (3 yrs +)
Wikki Stix – ~$6
Soft and pliable, Wikki Stix tactile sensory toys can be used by small fingers for all kinds of fine motor skills and tactile activities…from learning to form letters and numbers to simple grip and finger strengthening exercises. No matter how many times they are manipulated, placed, removed or repositioned, they retain their ability to twist, bend and stick. With just a touch of a fingertip, Wikki Stix magically adhere to each other making 3-D crafting a snap!
The 5 glossy, full-color backgrounds in this reusable sticker pad are ready to be filled with over 150 stickers. Kids can choose a background and tear out the sticker sheet with the animals that belong there, filling the scene with farm favorites, dinosaurs, African animals, rainforest animals, and sea creatures to create a colorful montage within natural habitats.
Squigz stick to windows, tray tables, and lots of other smooth surfaces. They are super lightweight to travel with, and can provide hours of fun! The risk of taking a lot of these on a plane is that they may get lost, so I might recommend taking 5-7 of them, and saving the rest for your hotel room or grandma’s house.
The best travel toys are lightweight, mess-free and easily packed into a carry on bag or the backseat. I’ve listed some of my favorites. What are your kids’ favorite toys when traveling?