Road Trip Goodies That Will Have Kids Enjoying the Ride
You won’t be hearing “Are we there yet?” half as much this summer, thanks to these nifty time wasters we’ve rounded up for your next road-trip. We know how hard it is to keep the kiddos entertained on those long drives, but we also want to keep them from staying glued to their smart devices. It’s a balancing act!
How simple, yet clever. This pocket dollhouse made of Lithuanian linen will occupy your child during even the dullest of road trips because there’s just so much to discover. Inside the house lives a soft sewn doll with a hand crocheted braids. She has her own a hand-knitted pocket-bed and a tiny pocket-drawer to keep her things safe. In this drawer is a wonderful sleeping mask and a cat lamp which glows in the dark, perfect for nighty-night. For kids 5 and up.
This 2-in-1 toy keeps little travelers entertained for hours thanks to its clever design. In carry case mode, kids can pack it up with travel toys or carry it backpack-style. Once they're seated in the car or on a plane, it unfolds into a soft, accessible play tray. The raised edges keep toys and crayons neatly contained. For ages 3 and up. The toy case's backpack straps allow for hands-free carrying, while the handle gives kids a second carrying option. Carry case includes five inner storage pockets and mirror, while the travel tray straps to the back of car and airplane seats.
This unique utility belt will allow your car-crazy kiddo to carry their favorite hot rods with them wherever they go (even if it’s only inside another car!). This belt holds 5 small vehicles and will attach around the waist with a fully adjustable clip. It will comfortably fit a child from 2 to 6 years old. The belt also has a printed road design.
Even though these are ideal for road trips, they’re also perf for family fun anytime, anywhere. When the little ones get bored (you know it’s gonna happen), play Go Play with a prize for the winner (motivation to be good). All the pieces are magnetic so they will sit safely in the tin on bumpy journeys and winding roads. Games available: Bingo, Crossword, Sudoku, Tic Tac Toe, Checkers, Chess, Fishing, Hangman, Backgammon, Four in a Row and Sudoku kids. Recommended for kids 5 and up.
The Journey Journal is your child’s ultimate travel buddy! This awesome road-trip diary has it all, with pages for official information, a 13-day trip log (includes space to write down: date, place, temperature, plans, noteworthy moments, reflections, encounters, a drawing space, etc.), a page for afterthoughts, and a nifty compartment so your kids can safely store all their treasures collected. Recommended for kids of reading and writing age.
Djeco Mini Games consist of 30 cards, all bundled in a deck, with each of them featuring a good old-fashioned brain teaser. There are packs with ‘spot the ten differences,’ ‘find the missing piece,’ ‘connect the dots,’ and so on. This low-tech toy provides the perfect entertainment in the back of a car, on a plane, train, or in a restaurant. Pro-tip: have your little ones use a pencil instead of a pen to solve the mysteries – that way, the Djeco Mini Games can be enjoyed again and again! Recommended for kids of reading and writing age.
Here’s the ideal way to blow off steam and stretch legs at rest stops. This kid’s flag football set has everything you need for a friendly, fun game. Flag football is a version of American Football where the basic rules of the game are similar to those of the mainstream game, but instead of tackling players to the ground, the defensive team must remove a flag or flag belt from the ball carrier to end a down. It includes belts, cones and a cool carry case that will hold it all and fit nicely and neatly in the trunk. For kids 3 and up.
Let the artist come alive inside your car! Yep, these colorful markers make a canvas of a car’s windows and metal surfaces and then wipe clean with ease (water, window-cleaner, or wet-nap). Chalktastic Chalk Markers are completely non-toxic and odor-free. They’re also water based, so if they get on the skin or clothes they wash off with no problem. These versatile writers aren’t just for road trips… They’re great for kitchen menus, bistro boards, white board, LED writing board, mirrors and windows, all kinds of art, school work, marking dates on food containers, ceramic mugs, chalkboard, contact paper, labels, stickers, wall decals and much more. Great for all ages.
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