10 Fun Travel Toys For Tots to 10-Year-Olds

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Summer travel season is on the horizon. So we headed to the TTPM showcase to track down the hot summer toys that will help you get from point A to point B this summer. Here’s what we found:

VTech Call & Chat Learning Phone are fun travel toys for toddlers

1. VTech Call & Chat Learning Phone: Simple enough to satisfy toddlers who want to imitate mom and dad, but with games and music that will keep kids interested after they’ve outgrown simpler toy phones.

Best for: Ages 1 to 4.

Creators are fun travel toys or Lego fans

2. Lego Creators: I think Lego has heard parents’ frustrations with kits that do only one thing. Their response is this series of animals, vehicles and houses that can each become 3 different things. Small enough to take on the go, too!

Best for: Any kid who like Legos.

Hedstrom Sensory Staxx is a fun travel toy for babies

hedstrom fun cube is a great travel toy or babies and toddlers

3. 2 from Hedstrom: I like these Sensory Staxx that give very little ones something to safely grab, squeeze, gum and maybe even build with. The Fun Cube opens out flat and breaks into puzzle pieces for 2 kinds of tray-table or restaurant play. You can easily fit either toy in a carry-on, diaper bag or backpack.

Best for: Under 2s.

Crayola Grab N Go Games and handy travel toys for vacation homes or visiting grandma

4. 2 from Crayola: We love these Grab N Go Games that give kids chalk they can use to draw a simple game alongside equipment to play with. Perfect for grandma’s, that vacation rental, or a park break on a city getaway.

Best for: 6 to 10

Crayola Color Wonder pads are handy travel toys for kids who are messy with markers

The markers in these portable kits only work on Color Wonder pads, which means kids can color on the go without getting marker stains on clothes, tablecloths, hands and who knows what else.

Best for: 4 and under

LeapFrog Leap Bands are ideal travel toys to keep kids active

5. Leap Frog LeapBand: Parents who like Leap Frog will appreciate the portability of this wrist-size game that gives kids digital pets. Let them feed their pets and play games on the related app (Android of Ios) when they’re stuck sitting. More active games the pets encourage can get ya-yas out during layovers and at rest stops.

Best for:  Ages 6 to 10

Crashlings are inexpensive travel toys that will keep little hands busy

6. Crashlings: I’m wary of travel toys that have a lot of small parts, but I also love inexpensive toys you can buy right before you go away to surprise your kids with in the car or plane. I can see these little balls with monsters hidden inside keeping little kids occupied for a while. The Planet Fun website suggests games to play with them.

Best for: Ages 3 to 6

Mega Bloks Build and Splash is a good travel toy for a beach vacation

7. Mega Bloks Build and Splash: Listed as a bath toy, it’s even better for the beach. Babies and Toddlers will like grabbing these large blocks in lots of interesting shapes. When they’re ready, build the blocks into a cool water or sand funnel. When you’re done, the carry-all will drain out the water and sand.

Best for: Babies through age 3.

 Turbo Tubes are fun travel toys for Hot Wheels fans

8. Hot Wheels Turbo Tubes: Pop these carry tubes into your child’s backpack or your carry-on. They can put the cars together in transit and have a toy to get on the floor and play with at your destination. Cool.

Best for: Ages 5 to 8.


  1. Dawn Monroe
    May 12, 2014 at 5:32 pm — Reply

    The difference between taking my grandkids on a road trip and when I use to take my kids is amazing because of electronic games and apps. We like the nintendo DS and educational apps like abc mouse. Twenty questions is always fun too!

  2. jet s.
    May 12, 2014 at 9:09 am — Reply

    my son love anything interactive/educational thats why we are huge fan of vetch toys such a great toys for little & toddlers.
    thanks so much for the chance!

  3. sara giresi
    May 12, 2014 at 2:06 am — Reply

    Aqua doodle or magna doodle keeps my little guy happy!

  4. Gita Prasad
    May 11, 2014 at 9:50 pm — Reply

    Anything to keep my lo busy for a while. We enjoy card games

  5. Megan C
    May 10, 2014 at 6:53 pm — Reply

    My kids love Klutz books, UNO, Spot it, and Color Wonder Books.

  6. Erin
    May 9, 2014 at 5:59 pm — Reply

    We have some road games, like Spot It!, but honestly I love books on CD best.

    • May 12, 2014 at 1:18 pm — Reply

      i use books on CD when I travel alone with my daughter. But DH does not have the patience for them! 🙂

  7. Dominica
    May 9, 2014 at 4:03 pm — Reply

    Right now our son loves his Vtech turtle that plays music. We also have lots of children’s books on CD for long car trips.

  8. shelly leatham
    May 9, 2014 at 2:26 pm — Reply

    Coloring books and crayons, markers and pencils…also carry the ipad mini so they can play games!

  9. Eva Mack
    May 9, 2014 at 2:09 pm — Reply

    To me coloring is relaxation.

  10. gina
    May 9, 2014 at 1:42 pm — Reply

    a pack of cards

    • May 12, 2014 at 1:17 pm — Reply

      Yes, I’m old-school, too! Don’t leave home without ’em!

  11. erin dear (@mummadear)
    May 9, 2014 at 1:27 pm — Reply

    The VTech Call & Chat Learning Phone would be the favorite for my kids! They both love playing with anything electronic!

  12. roger simmons
    May 9, 2014 at 1:02 am — Reply

    My daughter loves her Crayolas and she is an avid drawer

  13. shanna
    May 8, 2014 at 5:06 pm — Reply

    We love interactive books!

  14. Missy Avey
    May 8, 2014 at 4:51 pm — Reply

    We love quizzes and songs and any sort of verbal thinking games. Sometimes we play like count the signs etc on the road. I also love Vtech toys!

  15. Gale McCarron
    May 8, 2014 at 2:48 pm — Reply

    Love the VTech Call & Chat Learning Phone for my toddler Grandson who enjoys using his hands and listening to musical sounds. It’ll also help him to work on his vocabulary.

  16. Sandi Tymchuk
    May 8, 2014 at 1:59 pm — Reply

    I’d like the Vtech toys for the road!

  17. Crystal Englot
    May 8, 2014 at 1:50 pm — Reply

    I have to say that I love the Vtech Innotab! It keeps my son busy during those long car rides, so helps us keep our sanity! lol when he is playing his Innotab we don’t have to hear “are we there yet”, “how much longer”

    • May 9, 2014 at 11:47 am — Reply

      I saw that at the Toy Fair and wondered about it. The tablet itself isn’t very expensive but the game cartridges are $20 or $25, which add up fast! and i wondered if it’s a hassle having to carry them all around. Seems easier to find an inexpensive tablet and free/cheap apps. Glad to know parents like it!

  18. Kelly D
    May 8, 2014 at 11:04 am — Reply

    Color Wonder coloring books make a great activity for travel.

  19. Steph Bkn
    May 8, 2014 at 9:49 am — Reply

    Right now, since my kiddos are learning colours we play eye spy for colours or a truck, car, trailer etc in the car, plus we have crayons, colouring books and worst case scenario the pad for learning games and long road trips 🙂

    • May 9, 2014 at 11:44 am — Reply

      we play I spy with colors, too! Through now that she’s older we try to encourage letters to improve her spelling! But TT prefers the color game.

  20. Jenna Parsons
    May 7, 2014 at 2:07 pm — Reply

    Our favorite travel game is Car Bingo! We use cards to find things on the road, and try to get 5 in a row 🙂

    • May 7, 2014 at 2:14 pm — Reply

      We have Road Trip Spot It, which works in a similar way. and it comes in an small, easy to carry tin. Thanks!

  21. PaulaMS
    May 6, 2014 at 6:25 pm — Reply

    Our favorite travel game is finding the letters of the alphabet (in order) on signs, vehicles, etc.

    First to find them all wins.

  22. Nicole
    May 4, 2014 at 4:07 pm — Reply

    My daughter loves the Melissa and Doug Water Wow’s. They’re reusable, easy to pack and don’t make a mess! We also love the old fashioned crayola crayons in a tin with a notebook.

    • May 6, 2014 at 12:09 pm — Reply

      Crayons and paper are an excellent plan B. We don’t leave home without them!

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