Keep your kids occupied on your next journey with these fun and portable travel toys and games.
Magnetic Picture Maker
From Melissa and Doug Price: $29.99 Ages: 5 years & up
Bring out your child's inner artist with this mosaic-style magnetic activity. He can choose to create a design from one of the six double-sided picture cards, or make his own masterpiece with a blank card. The attached magnetic wand makes it easy to slide the colorful discs into place, and everything is attached which means nothing will get lost or misplaced.
From Dover Little Activity Books Price: $1.50 Ages: 5 years & up
Have you ever seen a lion with an elephant's trunk, or a rooster with rabbit ears? Kids can create endless combinations of silly animals with sticker books. These engaging books include 50 reusable stickers that easily peel off any surface and are the perfect size for traveling.
Take the classics on the road with you. Pack a couple travel-size board games so the entire family can get in on the action. Choose from Connect Four, Battleship, Bingo, Scrabble, and more, and turn a long car ride into fun family time.
From Melissa & Doug Price: $12.99 Ages: 6 years & up
This classic game gets an updated twist! The dry erase board and self-storing dry erase marker makes it easy to play several games without all the scrap paper, and it has no loose pieces which means it will stay intact for many trips to come.
From Fat Brain Toys Price: $10.00 Ages: 6 years & up
This funky stencil set will keep your avid colorer busy for a long time. Simply put the paper in the frame, insert the stencil, and your child can trace around the shapes of her choosing. She can rotate the wheel to create different patterns, and the set comes with a felt tip pen, pencil, and three coloring pencils. Best of all, the whole contraption fits into a neat little carrying case for super-easy portability.
From Techno Source Price: $19.99 Ages: 8 years & up
Consider this a high-tech version of the original Rubik's cube. The object of each puzzle is to rearrange the lights by shifting and twisting until they match the solution. With over 10,000 puzzles, two ways to play, and several challenging levels, it'll keep your kid occupied for hours.
Handheld video games can be a savior for children while traveling. Buy age-appropriate games and your child will be engulfed in a world of buttons, beeps, colors, puzzles, and fun for hours. Nintendo has a great handheld system, the DSi, with plenty of educational games to choose from.
From Brain Quest Price: $10.95 Ages: 10 years & up
Test your knowledge on everything from prepositions to presidents with fast-paced questions and answers. With levels ranging from younger kids to teens and adults, this knowledge-based game is great for the whole family. It's fun, easy-to-pack, and educational--a great little travel companion.
For those extra-long trips, age-appropriate movies can capture a child's attention for hours. A portable DVD player and your child's favorite movies are a sure cure for the chorus of "Are we there yet?"