A guide to help you buy toys that keep kids quiet and happy
Kids toys can help make travel bearable for everyone. But who has the time to browse through all the travel toys on Amazon.com to find the best ones? We do. Got older or younger kids? We’ve got you covered there too (just see below for links to the best children’s toys for travel for other age ranges).
Best Toys for Travel for Kids Ages 7-8:
We are at a complete loss to explain just why these funny eyeball puppets are so appealing to kids, but they are. The design is very simple: a pair of eyes connected with a curved piece. It all fits snugly over your middle finger or your thumb, turning your hand into a face.
For best results, get two peepers per kid. Add in a few other accessories (like feathers, tiny hats, and fur), and the puppet show opportunities are endless. Great for older kids too.
This hilarious game takes the classic I Spy to a whole new level. Players choose cards and then spend the journey looking out the window for the objects printed on the cards (out of state license plates, cows, dog in car, hospital sign and so on).
Some qualifications: you can’t play at night and you can’t play in the Mojave Desert (we tried last spring break). Otherwise it’s great. There’s a Rubberneckers Junior version too for younger kids if yours find this one too hard.
Personally, I’d kill my kids if they tried to play any game before we cleared security, but I’d be okay with it at the gate or once we were safely in our seats. Really a good option to have for long layovers or flight delays too.
It would be hard for me to overstate my love for children’s book author and illustrator Taro Gomi, but I’ll give it a try. There’s just something sublimely amusing and calming about everything he creates. I adore him.
This deceptively simple coloring book gives kids a place to exercise their creativity without the crushing pressure of a blank page. The book invites kids to fill in facial expressions, populate empty fish bowls, put flowers on a hill, and sketch kites in children’s hands. It’s just wonderful.
Another wonderful low-pressure coloring book from Taro Gomi. If you love Doodles, you’ll naturally want to move on to the next book in the series.
It’s probably been a fair number of years since you sat down with a coloring book, but this is kind of a fun (and incredible Zen) thing to do with your kids. Share one book and take turns adding creative flourishes as directed.
Kids can spend hours looking for the items hidden in this clear plastic tube filled with tiny beads. I know the phrase “filled with tiny beads” probably strikes fear into your heart, but never fear! This game is completely contained.
If you like this version, there are plenty more to add to your collection, such as At the Beach, Zoo, Sports, Birds and so on.
When I was a kid, I used to imagine a future complete with robot toys that had artificial intelligence. Well, the future is here. Kind of. The robot of my dreams fits in the palm of your hand and it only plays 20 Questions, but what do you expect for $7?
Your kids think of something, and 20Q tries to guess it with just 20 questions. It’s a pretty remarkable toy, though it hasn’t yet figured out that 9 times out of 10 my kids thinking of either Elvis Presley or a duck-billed platypus.
Some kids like nothing better than writing their own stories by filling in the blanks. If your kid is one of them, pick up one of these cute award-winning travel journals. It really only works for a single trip, so save it for a big one.
There are spaces to record the who, what, when, and where details of your trip as well as drawings, packing lists, and maps. On “The Journey There” page, kids complete cute and funny sentences like: “During the trip, I was sooooooo_________.” and “On our way, we passed________________.”
Got kids of other ages? We’ve got plenty more toy buying guides where this one came from:
Best Toys for Travel for Kids Ages 0-2
Best Toys for Travel for Kids Ages 3-4
Best Toys for Travel for Kids Ages 5-6
Best Toys for Travel for Kids Ages 7-8
Best Toys for Travel for Kids Ages 9-10
Best Toys for Travel for Kids Ages 11-12
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