“Are we there yet?” Avoid hearing that question on your summer vacation by keeping some of TTPM’s top travel toys for kids handy. Whether you’ve got a long plane trip or a short car ride or just want something fun to do in the hotel room, these eight picks will keep boys and girls busy and entertained while on the go.
1) The Travel + Comfort Neck Pillow from Manhattan Toy will keep young kids comfy when they travel. This soft kid-sized neck pillow comes in whimsical fox or raccoon designs, and easily attaches to a suitcase or backpack so kids can carry around their own pillow just like mom and dad.
2) Little kids will also like having their own carry-on with Boris the Bus Trunki from Trunki. This ride-on toy/take-along travel case looks like a London double-decker bus with animal sticker passengers in the windows. The interior of the Trunki features elastic straps to hold items in place as well as a side pocket.
3) To encourage your preschooler’s artistic abilities on the go, the My First Crayola Washable Mix and Match Book lets kids create and color in mixed-up characters. It comes with three crayons and 30 coloring pages that can be wiped clean to extend the creative play.
4) For kids who love summer just as much as Olaf from Frozen, check out Blue Orange Games’ Spot It Olaf Numbers and Shapes. In this unique matching game, race to find the matching image between two cards. Images include numbers, shapes, and some of Olaf’s favorite summer things.
5) Patch Products has a whole line of Take N Play games packaged in metal tins with magnetic pieces that won’t get lost in the car. Take N Play Tic-Tac-Toe opens up to reveal two ways to play: classic Tic-Tac-Toe and a version where you roll the die to determine where you place your Xs and Os.
6) While Checkers is the main game in Alex Brands’ Magnetic-Go Checkers, you also get to play Tic-Tac-Toe. The fold-out cardboard game board is magnetized so that the magnetic pieces won’t budge if you hit a bump in the car.
7) Bring classic games on the go with Hasbro’s Simon Micro Series and Bop It! Micro Series. These electronic games pack all the gameplay of the original versions but in a smaller size to make it easy to throw them into a purse, backpack, or carry-on.