9 Things to Pack to Entertain Kids
- What: Best toys for travel
- When: Toddlers to elementary age
- Why: Simplify traveling with kids
- Where: On any trip
Traveling can try anyone’s patience. Traveling gets more stressful when you add small people who don’t understand the social niceties that come with being confined with relatives and strangers for extended periods of time in tight spaces. To help ease the burden of packing, I’ve listed my favorite traveling companions (the non-breathing kind) in no particular order.
Crayon dish: A few crayons can go a long way. Keep up with them in a dish that doubles as a container during coloring but keeps crayons safe from breaking during transit.
Spot It Game: Even the youngest kids can play this simple yet fun matching game that comes in a compact tin for easy travel.
PBS Kids: if you have access to electronic devices, this website can entertain kids with educational games and shows so fun they won’t want to turn it off.
First 100 Books: If you talk about each of the 100 things in these books, you can pass a lot of time, Even if you fly through it several times, it packs a lot of bang for the size.
Water Wows: Add just a bit of water and color with these magic appearing pictures that can be used over and over again.
Kids Headphones: These headphones can be worn comfortably for hours on end, yet they fold for more compact packing. Even the youngest kids can manage the cords and putting them on.
1001 Things to Find: It takes a really long time to find all the stuff in these books, even if you only look for one item per page. You get tons of time and only have to carry one book.
Chewbeads: My older kids still love to wear “my” jewelry, and the squishy material means we can roll the bracelets or find other ways to play together with them.
Sticker Activity Books: Priddy books has the best sticker books for young kids, with bright colors and easy to match silhouettes. These books keep them so entertained they won’t even think to sticker the car or airplane.