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The Best Travel Toys for Toddlers and Preschoolers

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:

  • Quiet
  • Small
  • Easy clean-up
  • Packable
  • 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.

Light Stax

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!

Magnetic toys

No mess and fairly easy to keep contained. These magnets come with a tin. They are small and great for car rides.

Aquadoodle

This is one of those simple toys that keeps on giving. It’s great for car rides, airplane rides, and keeping your sanity at restaurants.

No mess coloring

No mess anything is a good idea while traveling! My kids have enjoyed the reusable Water Wow paint with water books on our various trips. These are good for kids up to around age 5.

Color Wonder

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.


Refills or to purchase separately: Markers and paper.

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).

Buckle backpack

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.

 

Travel Games

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

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?

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