It can be tough to keep rambunctious rugrats entertained for long car trips or plane rides. Curb on-the-move melt-downs with these great travel toys and games for toddlers.
Wiggling Worm Grasping Toy
From Melissa & Doug Price: $7.99 Ages: 6 months and up
Bright green non-toxic paint and easy-to-grasp sections allow this wooden worm to bend and twist into all kinds of creative shapes and patterns. Plus, it's all one piece, so you won't have to worry about losing any parts.
From Melissa & Doug Price: $12.99 Ages: 6 months & up
Texture teething rings and a goofy grin make this toy a great travel companion for your little one. The rings easily hook onto a stroller, car seat, or other toys for safekeeping, and it's made out of durable plastic and high quality fabric, so it can withstand even the roughest of journeys.
The Travel 'N Doodle is compact and will keep kids entertained on the go. A mess-free way to doodle, the drawing mats change color from the moisture in the pen. The designs disappear in a few minutes, revealing a clean surface.
From Melissa & Doug Price: $16.99 Ages: 2 years & up
Work on fine motor skills, matching, and color recognition while on the road. Feed the hungry animals by matching the colored beads with the right animal using the attached magnetic wand. This portable maze is easy to pack and has no removable pieces, so your child can't drop or lose anything!
All kids love story time. Let someone else tell the story this time. Audio books allow kids to follow along as they listen to a story, giving you a chance to relax or focus on the road. Dr. Seuss's audio books are read by celebrities that every parent will recognize and enjoy.
Stickers, especially reusable ones, are a great go-to travel toy. Each one of these portable sets comes with over 50 vinyl stickers and include themes for pirate lovers, budding ballerinas, and much more.
Cultivate your child's creativity with sculpting on the go. Wikki Stix are bendable pieces of wax-coated string that can be shaped into letters, people, animals, and other figures. They don't take up much space and are inexpensive to replace at the end of your trip.
Your child can practice drawing simple shapes by tracing the light with her finger. When she's mastered the first levels, she can graduate to writing upper and lower-case letters. The fun learning games help reinforce letter recognition and pencil control, and the portability makes it a great toy to bring along on a trip.