If you’re planning an airplane or road trip with your toddler, it would be really helpful for both of you to put together a stash of travel toys for the journey. Travelling with babies and toddlers can be quite a challenge, but with a bit of planning and some great toys, you can make the trip an entertaining and easy one. Here are some great travel toys for your preschooler on his next trip.
A Doodle Board is the Perfect Toddler Travel Toy
My daughter loves her Fisher-Price Doodle Pro Travel board. It is easy to carry and manage while she’s snug in her carseat or even on the airplane. Scribbling designs and newly-learnt letters keeps little hands and minds engaged and occupied, easily and safely.
Crayons and Coloring Books are Great Travel Buddies
I always have a stash of crayons and coloring books or blank sheets of paper. Since my toddler is not yet at the “coloring-within-lines” stage, it doesn’t make much of a difference to her if she has a printed sheet or a blank paper. Depending upon your preschooler’s skill and interest, you can keep either coloring books or papers handy. If possible, choose washable crayons so that, should the colors find their way onto airplane trays or the car seat covers, you can easily wash them off. Melissa and Doug have jumbo Triangular Crayons that won’t roll off tables and under difficult-to-reach seats, while Crayola has a Wonder Travel Tote with everything you need for the travelling artist.
Books for the Toddler Traveler
Picture books, board books, cloth books, and favourite story books are great travel companions for a toddler. Not only will they keep him engaged and engrossed but will also help him to fall asleep as you read to him on the airplane. While you can easily carry books that your toddler already has and reads on a regular basis, you can also invest in a set of special travel-related books. Books like, Going on an Airplane by Ann Civardi are relevant, appropriate, and will soothe first-time travel fears.
Travel Totes for Little Travelers
Travel totes are a great way to keep all the travel toys and must-haves neatly organized and in one place. Most travel totes can be attached to the seat belt and have plenty of compartments for toys, books, crayons, snacks and more. Alex Travel Toy Tote and Lauri Toys Toddler Tote are some options to choose from.
Travel toys and activity kits are a great way to distract a toddler, keep him engaged, and prevent travel tantrums and meltdowns. Traveling with babies and toddlers can be fun and really enjoyable if you’re prepared and organized for the journey.
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