Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Kid's Travel Activities We Love!

This week we are very excited to share some of our favorite children's travel entertainment products!  The activity market for kids is filled with amazing products; from books to puzzles, games, and toys - the options seem endless! Below, we offer our Top Five Picks for activities that we feel will provide the most entertainment and distraction on the go (with minimal mess and chance of losing pieces!):

Brain Quest (by BrainQuest) - Easily portable, no small pieces, educational, and fun!  These oblong card books offer parents the chance to sneak in some education disguised as entertainment; cards are grouped into books by age (preschool, Kindergarten, 1st grade, etc.) and contain everything from art and math to reading and spelling!
(recommended for age 2+)
Triangular Crayons (by Crayola) - Crayons are a tried and true favorite for the travelling child!  Improving on a classic isn't always easy - but these triangular shaped crayons are a home-run!  Not only does the unique shape prevent "roll-away," it also makes holding the crayons easier which makes them more user friendly for younger children with less developed fine-motor skills! (recommended for ages 2+)

Go Games (by Magnetic Poetry) - Go Games has a complete line of magnetic travel games in compact, durable travel cases. All pieces are thick and easy to grab and stay firmly in place so you can store them mid-game to start again later!  The Go Games line features such popular games as: Hangman, ChessAnimal Memory Match, Sudoku, Checkers, Tic-Tac-Toe, Backgammon, Bingo, DominoesChinese Checkers, Pachisi, and States and Capitols!
(recommended for ages 3+)

Magnetic Dress-up Playsets (Melissa & Doug) - The twenty-first century version of paper dolls! These adorable play sets feature sturdy wooden dolls with stands, plus plenty of colorful, magnetic outfits and accessories (with choices for boys or girls!). Wooden storage trays have lots of compartments to keep things organized. (recommended for ages 3+)

Full-Color Travel 'N Doodle (by Aquadoodle) - A soft, portable drawing toy! Travel Doodle is mess-free and it never runs out! Just add water and your little traveller can draw to his or her heart’s content, and then watch it disappear and start all over again!
(recommended for ages 2+)

And here are some other terrific products that will help keep kids occupied on rainy vacation days or during down-times once you have settled in to your destination:

DVD Projector (by Maxell) - A combination DVD player and projector designed with your kids in mind, brings instant entertainment that requires no assembly, mounting or multiple cables. Insert DVD, face projector toward any blank surface and project up to 45 inches! The integrated DVD player in this projector makes this product extremely portable for use in any setting. (recommended for use by children of all ages with parental supervision)

ZipBin Mini Travel Playmats/Toy Keepers (by ZipBin) - ZipBin folds flat and stores in its own lid or can be zipped up at the corners to form a fun storage bin for cars, animals, or dolls! With themes such as: trains, dinosaursunicorn garden, fairy castle, small town, and farm, this product is perfect for hours of portable imaginative play!  Playmats are colorful and durable, with wipe-clean surfaces, sturdy heavy duty zippers, and handles and come in a variety of sizes. (recommended for ages 3+)

Happily, all of the above-mentioned products are readily available in stores or online!  Happy shopping and happy travels!

- Destination Mom


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