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Here are some great travel toys for kids that will prevent your kids from ever saying  those 4 dreaded words! 

What to look for?  

Great travel toys for kids are:

Self-Contained & Easily Transportable

The toy comes with it’s own sturdy packaging making it easy to take from car to restaurant to hotel.  And if parts can be stored in it’s packaging, they are less likely to get lost underneath car or plane seats.  They are also small enough to fit on laps or restaurant tables.

Fascinating and Engaging  Turner Toys

Your child will want to spend time – hours, even – creating and playing.  And they will want to play with the toy throughout the trip, not just once.


Who wants noisy toys or toys with batteries that die and need to be replaced at inopportune times?

Independent Activities

Some of the best toys can be played solo allowing your child to quietly and fully sink into the activity without your guidance.  This is especially great in public situations like planes and restaurants or when you need to focus on driving.

Here are some of our favorite travel toys for children of different ages:

imaginets great travel toy for kidsImaginets

Imaginets are colorful wooden magnetic blocks that come in a wooden travel case.  The blocks can be arranged on the magnetic board surface using the 50 designs supplied or however your child wishes. The magnetic board surface also can be used as a dry erase board sobackgrounds can be drawn to showcase the creative patterns and shapes.When play is over just close up the case and store the blocks inside. Includes wooden traveling case, 42 magnetic wooden blocks and 25 double-sided pattern cards. Best for children over 3.

Woodkins Dress-Up Dolls  Woodkins dress up doll

Woodkins dress-up dolls are a great tactile toy and a sturdy alternative to paper dolls.  Their unique “sandwich” design lets children create endless varieties of outfits with the included fabrics. Just lift the frame, place the fabrics, close the frame and see what your Woodkins doll is wearing!  Woodkins come in a variety of personalities – from the Pals (Kimmy, Emily and others) to Fairies and story book characters.   They come in a vinyl plastic tote with handle.

I can tell you for a fact that Woodkins will provide hours of quiet fun for children 3-8 years. I’ve even seen 11-year olds and adults spend quality time playing with them!  All styles come with fabric swatches. Woodkins have won lots of parent awards!

Flip & Draw Books animal flip & draw great travel toy for kids

Mudpuppy has come up with Flip & Draw books that let kids create new and exciting creatures.   In the Farm Animal book, your child might create a sheep-pig!  Other flip & draw books include Monsters, Jungle Animals, Dress-up, Robots and “When I Grow Up” themes.

Each Flip & Draw book includes 15 wirebound sheets (10 mix & match characters to color and 5 blank sheets for original drawings) cut into three strips. Wirebound book measures 8 x 5-3/4″ and is printed with nontoxic, soy-based inks. Ages 4 and up.

Flipbook Kits

Create your own animation with flipbook kits from Fliptomania.  Each kit comes with materials for 2 flipbooks of pre-drawn images of 2 different themes and blank pages to make your own.  Great for one or two children!  We carry:

Here’s a video to show you how it’s done.

Color in the images, separate the perforated pages, stack them in the correct order, clip the pages together with the attached clips and presto, movies that come to life.  Detailed instructions show you how to draw the individual pages that will make a fun movie once complete. Includes 6 coloring markers in a vinyl case, 4 plastic clips and enough extra blank sheets to make 2 flipbooks of your own when you’ve mastered the lost art of flipbook making!  Everything can be kept in the cardboard box for easy transport. This is a great activity for older children (7+) since the pages need to be perforated and stacked.  Younger children will have fun, too, with some parent help.


What do you look for in a great travel toy?


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