Skip to Content

Gift Guide: Travel Puzzles for Every Age Kid

Gift Guide: Travel Puzzles for Every Age Kid

Few things absorb a child’s total attention like a good puzzle. So you’d like to bring them with you in the car or on the plane. But all those pieces—egad!

Well, here is a roundup of puzzles that travel well. Some are great for in-transit; others offer some versatility that will keep kids entertained at your destination.

Plus, there are travel puzzles here for almost every age from tot to tween.

13 Puzzles Kids Can Take On Vacation

For Older Kids

The contained flipstir solar system is a good travel puzzle

Imagine combining a 3-D puzzle with the concept of a ship in a bottle. This is FlipStir, a puzzle that’s locked in a jar. You solve it by moving the pieces into the right order using an enclosed wand.

I’m not sure whether the challenge lies in the puzzle solving or the dexterity to manipulate the pieces—maybe both. There are four puzzles and two levels of difficulty.

Ages: School age to tween

Brain Teaser Puzzles

Education Insights makes Kanoodle and SmartGames has its IQ series. Both are brain teasers that come in their own case.

Try to fit the connected pieces into their base in particular patterns. A booklet with progressively harder problems comes with the set.

Ages: Older School-age kids and tweens.

SmartGames also makes a series of puzzle games that are meant to use the same problem-solving skills as Coding.

The most compact and portable ones are Asteroid Escape, where you must plot a path for a space ship through an asteroid belt, and Atlantis Escape, where you must find a way out of that sinking city.

Ages: School-age kids.

For Your Carry-On

The Purple Cow has Fairy Tale puzzles with 24 to 70 pieces that come in a compact, travel-friendly tin. If the company made them magnetic and included a foldable magnetic pad, these would be the most perfect travel puzzles, ever. As they are now, their compact tins make them handy to throw in a suitcase for that rainy beach day.

Crocodile creek 2-sided travel puzzles

Crocodile Creek’s 24-piece double-sided puzzles offer two for the price of one in a relatively compact box, and at a price that makes it no big deal if all the pieces don’t make it home.

Ages: preschooler through early school age.


MudPuppy offers Pouch Puzzles in a variety of themes from Under The Sea and Forest Friends to Robots and Tea Party. Or try one inspired by Keith Haring or Eric Carle drawings.

With only 12 pieces in their own zipper pouch, I would have tossed one or two of these in my bag for restaurants, planes or just about anywhere we might face a bout of boredom.


Crocodile Creek has 12-piece mini puzzles with animal and transportation themes. Not as flat as the pouches, but perfect to toss in a diaper bag or backpack.

Ages: Toddler to preschool

Puzzle Blocks For Your Tot’s Backpack

Block puzzles were made for travel because the pieces are easier to keep track of, you get six puzzles for the price of one and kids can build with the pieces, too!

Mudpuppyblocks 2

MudPuppy’s block puzzles are big enough for small hands, but not too heavy to tote around and it’s hard to resist its Little Prince and Eric Carle themes as well nicely drawn animals and fairies.

Crocodile creek block puzzles have 6 different animals faces to build

Crocodile Creek’s three block puzzles come in Faces, Build a House and Zoo themes. They are slightly larger than some of the others, but still totable, I think, and probably the best for building.

Ravensburger has six-piece and 12-piece cube puzzles in animal, horse and vehicle themes. The six piece has cheerful art and they all come in their own carry case—very neat.

Age: Preschool to Kindergarten

Pin It For Later!