Top 5 Toddler Activities for Travel
As Thanksgiving travel has ended, more holiday travel may be upon some of you in the coming weeks. As you may remember, we recently traveled to San Francisco with two toddlers in tow, 3 years and 15 months. I prepared my best to keep them busy on the plane and in the airport. Also, remember you must have toys to play with when they wake up in an Airbnb apartment that has no kid toys. My hope is that this list will serve you well both on and off the plane no matter how short or long your trip is.
I just discovered these before the trip and picked up a few for home and travel. These are wonderful to have in your bag on the plane. You just fill up the little paintbrush with water and you are done. Your toddler holds it and turns the white pages into something pretty and colorful. It is amazing how it works. I like that on the books it comes with instructions to find certain items on the page.
We enjoyed the construction site and animal ones. They are a little bulky, so I would pack a few and rotate them. We always kept “painted” books open to dry fast to use again. Our 15 month did not care if he did it over and over. A tip would be to lay them out to dry as soon as they are done or some warping of the pages could occur. We love these that we grab them when heading out for a longer drive in the car or going out to eat. It is nice to have something that is portable and entertaining!
I first heard about these when Stanley was just 18 months old. I went home, looked them up and got some to have on hand. If you have not heard about these, they are great. Do you have a little one who loves to color but makes a little mess? (they should be making an organized mess, right?) Grab these for them and you will be a hero on the plane! We took a plastic container and put crayons, regular Crayola markers and Crayola Color Wonder markers in them. It helped to have them all in one place. A tip would be to put a roll of painters tape in your bag to tape down the picture on the tray in the airplane, or on the table at a restaurant for your younger travelers.
I threw in a few tubs of Play Doh in our travel bag for the plane ride and it helped to keep Stanley busy. He was able to be creative and calm. You can always use the cups the flight attendants have, stick a straw in it, etc. It was small, yet provided a lot of fun. This kit comes a few things to go along with the Play Doh.
We got these specifically for this trip to San Francisco. I was able to have Stanley use them a few times to get use to the idea of the reusable stickers. An insider tip would be to peal off the backing of the stickers so you can reapply them with ease. They were great when we did not have a lot of toys to play with or had down time. I can see us getting a lot of use out of them and not really going bad. These reminded me of Colorforms that I had when I was a kid. Anyone else know what I mean? My husband did not have any idea. I would recommend them for ages 3+. I believe I love most things Melissa & Doug.
I know, you are going to wonder why I put these in here. Let me tell you that they provided HOURS of entertainment for both bubbas on our trip. We found pots and pans, containers, cups, cookware to play with. I would bring at least a quart to gallon size plastic bag worth. I am sure we left many behind on our trip. We made Pom pom soup, muffins, coffee, cake, and cookies. If you forget to pack them, just pick them up at a local craft store if you need to! Cheap and entertaining.