Do you need some gift ideas for a traveling child?Are you looking for the best travel toys for toddlers and preschoolers? The toys on this list are especially well-suited to travel. They are all small, light, and pack easily.
The Best Travel toys for kids, Preschoolers, and Toddlers
If you’re buying a gift for child to take on an airplane or road trip, there are a few things to consider. Is it loud? Is it small? Will it fit easily in a suitcase or backpack? Is it messy? Loud toys are annoying. Toys without an “off” switch are the worst and that is not hyperbole! For traveling, whether on a plane or in a car, the following rules are applicable:
- Easy clean-up
- Creative and engaging
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Green Toys toy airplane
Is your child nervous about flying? Toy airplanes for toddlers are a great tool for helping learn through play. In addition, I’m a fan of Green Toys. We have two of their pieces (a submarine and a boat) that have held up well, considering they’ve been both indoor and outdoor toys. They are made in the USA from recycled materials, too.
My mother found this set last year and gave it to my son for Christmas. He still loves it! The blocks have provided him with hours of imaginative play that I wouldn’t have expected, given the simplicity. The small set travels well. It has proven to be durable, after living through rough toddler play.
Boogie Board Jot
The Jot is an LCD drawing pad. You draw on the screen with the stylus and press the erase button when you’re done. It’s a neat product and my four year old loves hers. You may find the adults in your home enjoy this toy, too!
No mess and fairly easy to keep contained. These magnets come with a tin. They are small and great for car rides.
No mess coloring
Even more mess free coloring! Better yet, these don’t work on other surfaces, so you don’t have to worry about marker all over a hotel room or airplane seat.
RCA Voyager Tablet
Even if screen time is limited in your house, it can be a life saver to bring out a tablet that has some pre-loaded educational games or cartoons to help out a cranky situation. We are very happy with our Voyagers (first featured in 6 Ways to Survive a Family Wedding). We had ours for a year. Sadly, it did not last flying off the top of the car at 50 miles per hour. Not that I know from experience (I totally know from experience).
This backpack is a great idea. Not only does it capture a child’s interest because of the buckles, it can hold additional toys inside, too. The bag alone will keep a toddler busy and learning more skills.
A great travel gift for preschoolers are games. A great travel game includes Go Fish! This set is a 3-in-1 card game set for kids and suitable for travel. It also contains Old Maid and Animal Safari Match. Directions are included.
Felt boards are really for great imaginative play. You can buy a set, like the Pizza Set below or pre-cut animals. You can even make your own to spur even more imaginative play, all while riding in the car or on an airplane.
Go Forth and Travel
As always, go forth, travel, and keep the kids entertained on your journey! Parents and kids alike will appreciate these thoughtful and fun travel gifts.
What are your favorite travel gifts for toddlers and preschoolers? What would you add to this list?