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Toddler Travel Toy Ideas – Screen-Free!

Like many families, we are gearing up for summer travel with kids. The parents we work with often ask for toy recommendations. Here are some recommendations from our therapists, for fun and portable toddler toys. These are easy for car and plane rides and great to use while on vacation! ⁠🚙✈️🚊⁠

My Quiet Book –  soft, washable activity book for toddlers. This version has 9 activities to entertain your kiddo, but there are many versions of this out there. 

LCD Bear Writing Tablet, great for kids to draw and color with no mess or cleanup.⁠ Make sure to hook the stylus on the tablet, so nothing gets lost. 

LiKee Wooden Pattern Puzzles. Good for sorting and stacking games.  This set has 36 shape pieces and 60 design cards in small, portable tins.⁠

Busy Board Toddler Backpack with Buckles. Learning activities with buckles. shoelaces, and snaps. Great for fine motor skills. Bonus – your toddler can carry it themselves!

Tegu Pocket Pouch Magnetic Wooden Block Set. This magnetic set is easy to build and makes it hard to lose pieces. ⁠It comes with a storage pouch. 

Apple Lacing and Threading Toy – thread the caterpillar through the fruit. Simple and entertaining

Below are also some recommendations for toys that travel well for once you get to your destination:

Aqua Magic Mat – Neat, clean and safe. A foldable mat that packs away into the included drawstring bag easily. Kids can draw and color on the mat with the included pens, and it disappears in minutes for endless entertainment. 

Magnetic Building Tiles3D magnetic building sets that engage young minds by fusing together math, science and creativity. Includes 100 translucent, colorful shapes including squares (4 large, 50 small) and triangles (20 equilateral, 11 right, 15 Isosceles). Sparks hours of imaginative free play in children. Anything they can dream, they can create. You can even buy a storage bin and interactive play mat for traveling with! 

Reusable Sticker Set with BackgroundsThe Melissa & Doug Sticker Collection Book includes multiple background and sticker themes, including dinosaurs, space, construction, and much more. This toy is great for developing fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, creative expression, narrative thinking, and independent play. 

 Enjoy your summer as a family with less stress and more fun this year. Get prepared and pack each child some simple travel toys to keep them entertained on your family vacation. 

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