10 Lightweight Must-Have Travel Toys For Kids

Back During The Old, Non-travel Days

In our old house, we had a play room full of shelves and baskets brimming with toys.

Daily, our house experienced an atomic toy explosion; it was declared a disaster area each night. A few times, we roped it off and deemed it unfit for the public to enter. Once or twice, we considered condemning the joint.

If you have kids, you know what I mean.

If you don't, it's worse than you can imagine.

But being on the road now means significantly paring down the toy box, and it's been a good experience for us. Even the kids? Especially the kids. They don't have toy overload syndrome anymore. They appreciate the few pieces they have and they don't have to spend hours listening to me threaten to take toys away if they don't clean it up.

 

So what do the kids play with while you travel?

We get this question often. Despite the fact that we can't carry a lot, we are always on the lookout for new toys.  When we buy toys on the road we run them through the following 3 criteria:

Are they lightweight?

Does it encourage movement or activity?

Does it encourage creativity?

 

So far, here are our top 10 travel toy finds:

1. Velcro ball mitts 

Great for getting some energy out. 

Great for getting some energy out. 

Find it: Dollar Stores, Walmart

 

2. Last Mouse Lost Game $10

Game of strategy for two. Think competitive bubble wrap popping.

Game of strategy for two. Think competitive bubble wrap popping.

This is great for stimulating the creative side of our kids' brains, while encouraging dexterity.

This is great for stimulating the creative side of our kids' brains, while encouraging dexterity.

Find it: Michaels

 

4. Knit frisbee $13

The best frisbee ever! Play indoors or outdoors. Folds up so easily!

The best frisbee ever! Play indoors or outdoors. Folds up so easily!

Find it: http://www.pocketdisc.com/

 

5. Jacks (or Jax) set $3

Find it: Walmart, Target

 

6. Marble construction set $12- on sale

Remove the pieces from the box and take it to go! Fun for hours!

Remove the pieces from the box and take it to go! Fun for hours!

 Find it: Amazon or Lakeshore Learning stores

 

7. Small Lego box set $10-20

Find it: Walmart, Target

 

8. Hula hoop $3

(cheap enough to give away at the end of a trip)

Find it: Walmart

 

9. Old Maid $1

Great way to incorporate little ones in family games.  Easy to understand. No reading required. Easy to pack.

Great way to incorporate little ones in family games.  Easy to understand. No reading required. Easy to pack.

Find it: Dollar Store, Target

 

10. EiTech Toys $12

Comes with the tools and all necessary parts. Great for learning to put things together! Small pieces though, beware!

Comes with the tools and all necessary parts. Great for learning to put things together! Small pieces though, beware!

Find it: http://eitechamerica.com/index.php/products/basic/85-c47

 

 

 * some of the pricing listed may vary

 

Honorable mentions:

11) Giant sponge ball $5 -  Walmart

(Can be used in the water or in the house. We love it because it won't break anything if played with indoors and it can be smushed in a suitcase.)

12) Various books $0.25 - local library book sales 

(We can rarely get a visitor's pass at area libraries, making it impossible to borrow books. Instead, we frequent their inexpensive book sales and purchase a few books whenever we travel. Then, when finished, we return them to the library. It's better than buying books new at Barnes and Nobles.)

 

Don't be fooled, though. Our son's favorite types of toys are items that never made this list. Things like: 

a drink carrier from a fast food restaurant.

 

 

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Kids. 

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