Looking for some helpful new travel toys to keep your little ones busy as you travel over the river and through the woods this season? Here are some of my hand-picked recommendations of travel toys for babies, toddlers, and children under 5 years–which just so happen to also make great gifts. (Your click-throughs help support this site–thank you!)
1. Lamaze Freddie The Firefly
Freddie the Firefly links easily to car seat strap and handle or stroller bumper bar, and is ready to crinkle, jingle, peek-a-boo (mirrors), and even soothe sore teething gumbs (the attached teether slips into a pocket when not in use). BPA and Phthalate free. Recommended from birth and up. Find it at: Amazon
2. Manhattan Toy Farmyard Friends Soft Activity Book
Lead your finger-puppet farmer through five spreads of story scenes with flaps and pockets of possibility. The soft book can be attached with plastic toy links to car seat or stroller. Recommended for ages 6 months +. Find it at: Amazon
3. ALEX Toys Artist Studio Desk To Go
It’s the perfect size for airplane tray tables, plus a padded back rests comfortably when used on laps alone. The 9″ x 12″ center area has elastic bands to secure drawing paper, pads, or coloring books. Fill the two zippered pockets with crayons, markers, and surprises for your next flight. Recommended for ages 3 years +. Find it at: Amazon
4. Joey and Zoey Magnetic Dress-up Play Set
Dress them for any occasion! Sixty five pieces to play dress-up with this boy and girl set. Comes in a travel box to help keep pieces organized on the go. Recommended for 3 years +. Find it at: Amazon
5. Lewo Wooden Educational Toys Magnetic Art Easel Animals Puzzle Games for Kids
So much possibility in such a small space–this 8.5″ x 11″ travel desk features both chalkboard and white board, which doubles as a magnetic art board for the dozens of figures and shapes inside. Includes dry erase marker, chalk, eraser, and all things seen here. Note: You will want to use a rubber band to secure the lid to the box during travel. Recommended for 3 years +. Find it at: Amazon
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<– PSSST! These books make GREAT gifts! 😀
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Note: An earlier version of this post first appeared December 14, 2017. It has since been updated.