Are you planning a family road trip this summer? Do you have little ones that need to be entertained?
I am planning to embark on a 10-hour road trip with my toddlers next week. In preparation, I have searched (and searched) for the best toys for car rides. You see, I have found that you can’t just bring any old toys on long car trips. Last week we took a 1 1/2 hour trip to visit family. My son cried most of the way, and was inconsolable. The only toy that made him happy was a ball, which he kept throwing overboard.
We do have a DVD player in the car, but I really don’t want my daughter watching it the whole time! My plan is to get some new DVDs at the library, watch one DVD and then listen to music while playing with a new toy. I notice that she learns a lot in the car when she is not watching the DVD player. So, I hope to keep the TV watching at a minimum.
So, in preparation for our big trip, I bought some toys that are made specifically for traveling. Here are some of the best ones I have found so far!
I am super excited about this ALEX Toys Artist Studio Car Valet. It hangs on the back of the front seat in the car. When you unzip it, the front turns into a little desk. There are small pockets inside to hold crayons, snacks, and whatever else your child might want to play with. I am interested to see how well it works so I will be sure to update this post after our trip!
The next thing I bought was the Melissa & Doug On the Go Water Wow! Activity Book, 3-Pack – Animals, Alphabet, and Numbers. I love that it is small enough to fit on your child’s lap and only requires the use of one refillable water pen. Sitting in car seat it is nice to have only two things to keep track of. When the pages are wet they are colorful. When they dry up it turns white again so your child can color the pages more than once.
My daughter loves farm animals so I knew she would love this On the Farm (Magnetic Story & Play Scene). Again, I like that it is small enough to fit on her lap during the car ride. It is sure to keep her busy for a while!
My daughter loves dolls and stickers so I’m excited for the Camilla the Cupcake Fairy Sticker Dolly Dress Up. I know she will love it, but I won’t be surprised if I find stickers all over the backseat of the car!
I got this Tangle Jr Original Sensory Fidget Toy – Colors May Vary for my one year old son. He doesn’t enjoy being in the car for very long so I am hoping this will keep him interested for a bit.
What are your favorite toys for traveling with a toddler? Share your ideas in the comments below!