Best Baby And Toddler Travel Toys
Updated April 2017 – All items have been bought by me and tested on long haul flights of 12 hours and more. This post does contain some affiliate links, which will cost absolutely nothing to you, but may mean I earn a few pennies to help keep this site running.
Tried and tested travel toys for children on flights and on some car journeys. The baby toys are listed first, followed by toddler toys. You may also find my post on age-appropriate apps useful for the flight too.
The following travel toys have worked well for myself and other Mums. I highly recommend wrapping the smaller items in paper and tape as this provides extra entertainment for your little one and their inquisitive fingers. (Obviously not practical to wrap loads if you have several tots – but a couple of small surprises for all really does help in moments of need!) They are available at the time of writing from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. Work is in progress to make an age-appropriate list. Please let me know in the comments if a toy was invaluable for your flight, train or car journey and the age of your baby or toddler.
Baby Travel Toys
1. Soft cloth book– One of my favourites is Good Night, Teddy. Available from Amazon. My 7-month-old loved watching me taking the teddy out and putting him in a different place on each page. A great interactive and educational book.
2. Stacking cups. Little ones love putting things in them and taking them out again. I particularly liked this bath set from Munchkin, which is neatly stacked for hand luggage and ideal for in and out of water. Also great to play with in a bath or a pool at the destination too. Gorgeous bright colours to practice naming them with your child and also motor skills when stacking them. They also have the option of being stuck together to form a caterpillar and for pouring water with different perforations.
3. Anna Banana by Tiny Love. This fun interactive toy is also quiet! You can peel the crinkly banana skin, bounce it, hear the squeak, chew parts and look in the mirrors.Great from birth and apparently 1 year olds enjoy it too. Very versatile.
4. Sassy Ring-O-Links Teethers. A firm favourite since she was a tiny baby and she still loves them now. The bright colours engage and provide visual stimulation, whereas the links have different textures on which appeals to babies sense of touch. All linked together they can be used as a rattle, or separately as a teether. Another very versatile toy. They work brilliantly on airline bassinets!
9. Buckle Toy Whale. My 1 year old LOVES this and it keeps her so busy. It has several buckles to do up, and a zip. The only issue is once they master the buckle, you may get asked a few times to unbuckle it, until they discover that skill too. Nonetheless, it has easily occupied her for over 30 minutes. A firm favourite on all our journeys, car included.
10. Some favourite books include the ‘Find The .. series Lots of things to spot on each page.
Toddler Travel Toys
For toddlers, a little more entertaining is required. Good ideas include:-
- Loobani Wooden Cheese Activity Toy – A friend recently recommended this threading block plus it’s very quiet!
- Mini figurines such as the Happy Land characters from the Early Learning Centre (UK) or Fisher Price Little People are great too (Worldwide) These have been played with SO much on all modes of transport and are a firm staple for us.
- Gel window stickers or gel clings These are reusable, mess free and very handy if you have a window seat on a plane, or even for the destination if in a car or coach. These are better for older pre-schoolers.
- Fuzzy Felt or similar
- Duplo – my one-year-old and four-year love Duplo. The number train is easy to pack and fun too. (We just discarded the box).
- Crayola Colour Wonder colouring books and pens. ‘Magic’ pens which only show the colour on the special colouring book and not on clothes, seats etc.
- Melissa and Doug reusuable stickers.
- Tomy aquadoodle water mini mats. Great re-usable colouring in mats, which just use a water pen. Suitable from 18 months plus
- You can also make puppets out of the on-board sick bags or paper cups if you are feeling creative!
- Interactive Apps – See my separate post on Apps.
- Magnetic boards e.g Imaginets.
- The humble balloon! I always pack a few, and there you have a game of catch whilst waiting for a plane or train!
- Finger Puppets
- Busy Books
- I also liked this activity my friend suggested –Some Cheerios or any cereal with a ring shape and a sweetie lace. Great for fine motor skills and the kids like making and eating them too. Plus it takes a bit of time.
- Anything from a $ or £ store. We also really liked these little cut out people which you can dress and the cardboard tube/paper cup characters. There are plenty of art and crafty bits in there, meaning you can raid the aircraft loo’s for more cups to use.
Have I missed any toys that have worked for you? Please do comment below so I can add them.
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