Best Baby And Toddler Travel Toys
Updated March 2018 – 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. I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
Looking for some ideas for the best travel toys?
You are in the right place. In this post you will find tried and tested travel toys for children on flights and car journeys. The baby travel toys are listed first, followed by toddler toys. Included are some cheap and easy to make options too.
You may also find my post on age-appropriate apps useful for the flight too.
Useful travel tip!
- 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.
Best Travel Toys For Babies
1. Tiny Love Spin Ball. This is a great sensory toy. Makes a click clack sound with its moving segments and also has a mirrored inside. The bobbles on the outside are great to develop the sense of touch, the colours are great and my little one has played with since about 4 months and at a year still loved it. For 6 months +.
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.
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!
5. Buckle Toy Whale. My 1 year old LOVED this and it kept her so busy. So many people have sung its praises to me after purchasing it. I firmly believe it’s one of the best travel toys for 1 year olds! The Buckle Toy Whale 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.
6. 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.
7. Some favourite books include the ‘Find The .. series Lots of things to spot on each page.
8. and also the Julia Donaldson ‘Lift the Flap’ series. Fox’s Socks, Hide and Seek Pig etc. Again lots of things to spot and fun lifting the flaps to see who is hiding. The pictures are by Axl Schelffler and are so engaging.
Best Travel Toys For Toddlers
For toddlers, a little more entertaining is required. Good ideas for travel toys for toddlers on airplanes include:-
Loobani Wooden Cheese Activity Toy – A friend recently recommended this threading block plus it’s very quiet!
2. 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.
3. 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 for easier packing).
4. 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.
5. Tomy aquadoodle water mini mats. Great re-usable colouring in mats, which just use a water pen. Suitable from 18 months plus
6. Sweetie’ necklace with strawberry laces and Cheerios. 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.
7. 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.
8. Paper dolls with stickers from Tiger. Lots of stickers to design your own paper chain.
9. This Farm in a Tin, has been SO popular with my daughter from the age of two. It does have small parts ( especially the 3 ducks) but it’s such a compact toy, which has been handy to have in my bag and whip out if there has been a flight delay. It’s also been great for her to play with whilst away on holiday. Even at home it’s played with frequently.
Other favourite toddler travel toys are the mini figurines; such as the Happy Land characters from the Early Learning Centre (UK) or the Fisher Price Little People.(Worldwide) These have been played with SO much on all modes of transport and are a firm staple for us.
More Travel Toys Ideas
- Fuzzy Felt or similar
- Melissa and Doug reusuable stickers.
- 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
Have I missed any top travel toys that have worked for you? Please do comment below so I can add them.
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