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Pack up your bags, you're going on vacation! While kids may not be too excited about the journey, appropriate playthings can make this aspect of the trip fun for them as well.
Featuring smaller versions of other toys, a minimum number of pieces, or helpful components like magnetic pieces or handy cases, travel toys are designed to be brought along on trips and enjoyed when on the go.
The biggest expectation of a proper travel toy? Portability, of course! Your child cannot exactly put together a floor puzzle or play with dolls in their dollhouse while on the go.
Like a puzzle or a game - especially since travel toys are often miniaturized versions of these toys - you should consider how many pieces or parts the toy has because travel is not friendly to items with too many pieces. And, many toys just are not the same if pieces are misplaced or lost. While pieces may be able to be recovered with car travel, traveling by other methods likely means that missing pieces will be missing forever - a concept that may upset children!
A very reasonable solution to keep track of all the pieces - get travel toys that are magnetic! All pieces stay in place, during play and while being stored.
Also consider how much noise a toy makes, and whether this will be a distraction for the driver or fellow travelers. A number of baby and toddler toys make noise to keep them entertained but may not be truly travel-friendly.
When traveling by air, rail, or other means, be sure the toys meet carry-on regulations. It may be best to leave certain travel toys in checked luggage to enjoy at the destination - inevitably, your child will have time to play in the hotel room or other location!
While any toy deemed a “Travel Toy” can be appreciated anywhere and anytime, it will likely be enjoyed either en route to or at a travel destination.
No need for the toys bought for the journey to be packed away once you arrive. Given the fact that traveling with a lot of toys is not easy, the smaller, all-inclusive toys can also be a perfect option for keeping a fussy or bored child busy.
Vacation: there is no computer (hopefully!), a stark change in scenery, and a diversion from everyday life. What better time could there be to stop, relax, and play?
Many travel toys are inherently “two-player” or more, providing all who want a spot to play. Trivia games, other turn-based games that can be passed back and forth, and even sketchbooks can be appreciated in tandem. And hey, if you are a little apprehensive about traveling yourself, play is a great way to pass the time!
Especially with younger children, remember to “cycle” through these little toys, rather than playing with a single toy until the child tires of it. This way, you may be able to go back to a recently played with toy later for another round of play.
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