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Brilliant Travel Toys For 1 Year Olds

Traveling with a 1 year old internationally by plane or planning a long road trip with a baby will likely mean your little one will need some entertaining on the go? In this post you will find my tried and tested travel toys for 1 year olds for flights and car journeys.

With some epic journeys from the UK to Australia and other long haul flights with toddlers and babies under our belt, we have needed to keep our little ones occupied with a variety of toys and travel activities.

However, we needed some baby travel toys that were were light, portable, quiet, plus easy to clean and not too small that they got got fallen behind a plane seat or car seat! Some big requirements but we found the perfect toys to take on holiday for a 1 year old!

Buckle Toy Whale- ideal for keeping toddlers and older babies busy on a flight or long car journey.
Buckle Toy Whale

How To Entertain a 1 Year Old on a Plane or in The Car? 

When you are flying with a baby, a variety of baby travel toys help – especially with the short attention span that infants have. Using every day objects helped too – and attaching some smaller items to toy clips for easy recovery if they did fall to the floor. Toys that are suitable for any mode of transport, or have multi ways to entertain, make the best toys for traveling with 1 year old.

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Best Travel Toys For 1 Year Olds

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  • Post it notes – kids love peeling them off and sticking them anywhere. Same for band aids/plasters or stickers. If they do get stuck on to the plane tray table or elsewhere like my toddler enjoys doing, they are easy to remove!
stickers on a plane
  • You can also make puppets out of the on-board sick bags or paper cups if you are feeling creative! It’s amazing what you will do on a 15 hour flight!
  • The humble balloon! Does only fit as airplane activities but we always put a few more in our luggage to inflate in the hotel room for a game of catch.
  • Coloured rice in a tic-tac or similar plastic container for a small rattle
toddler travel toy made out of a spice jar and pipe cleaner
  • An old spice jar and pipe cleaners can make a great fine motor skill activity, which is quiet too!
toddler travel toy wuth pom poms and a plastic bottle
  • Small pom poms and a plastic tub with a lid with holes in – babies and toddler love ‘posting’ things so posting the pom poms can while away some time.
baby travel toy which is sensory. Use a baby wipes lid
  • Use some old baby wipes lids to make a sensory toy or lift the flap toy like above.
play tape is a great travel toy as it can be added anywhere, and is easy to remove

More travel toys, games & activities for kids

For other travel toys and suggestions see our list of travel toys, games and activities for various ages and stages.

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