toys for travel: How do I entertain my child on a plane

Toys for Travel: Entertaining Your Child on a Plane Journey

Toys for Travel: Entertaining Your Child on a Plane Journey

Taking a long flight or road trips anywhere when my son was a toddler used to fill me with dread.

Trying to keep young kids still in a tiny plane seat when he's used to running and jumping the entire day (pausing only to sleep!)

This was one of the main reasons I began So Handmade.

Coming from the UK we would take long haul flights every summer to visit my family and this travel time took more planning and prepping then the entire rest of the trip!

I came up with some great travel toddler toys based off my experiences and thought these might be helpful to others with similarly active younger kids and toddlers!

In this blog post, we explore the top travel toys for toddlers to make your journeys smooth and enjoyable. Finding the best travel toys for an 18-month-old can be challenging, but we’ve got you covered. From quiet busy books and busy boards to toy cars that spark curiosity (yes, toy cars are allowed on airplanes), these toys offer great fine motor activities to keep your toddler engaged.

Discover the best toddler boy toys that are perfect for airplane activities for an 18-month-old, ensuring a stress-free flight. Read on to find out why these toys are the best for keeping your little one busy and entertained on the go.

Whether you are going on a road trip or a plane trip these are the best travel toys for toddlers on airplanes. These stress free toys and airplane toys should keep little kids busy on their long journey. From babies and toddlers to older children there is something for everyone on this list.

Best Toys for Travel:

1. Sticker books are my personal favorite for toddlers on flights, easy to pack in your carry on luggage and can keep them happy for hours. Great for little fingers to peel and place the stickers. My youngest daughter loves these reusable sticker books from amazon. The keep my daughter busy for hours!

 2.Road tape on a tray table kids love playing cars on a plane ride Road or Train Tape is the perfect travel toy for children of all ages. It's small and portable to bring with you. Roll is out on the tray table or plane window and create your own road or train tracks to play on

3. My little kids also loves these Melissa and doug travel Water Wow Books from Melissa and Doug. Just fill the pen with water and the paint the pages! Great for some mess free fun!

4. A doodle tablet is a handy toy for older toddlers. You can draw and play travel games on this analog tablet for some screen free fun. Draw a maze for your little one to escape or simple shapes for them to copy.

5. So Handmade's range of innovative travel toys are perfect to stow away in a carry on and bring out on the plane for entertainment. They are the best airplane toys and the best toys for holidays! This toy car mat and pouch is a perfect all-in-one travel entertainment center!

With a play mat to suit their current obsession from trains, cars, construction to dinosaurs they are the perfect travel toys for some in-flight entertainment. Like this Toy Car Storage: You can store their favorite cars in the pockets and zoom around the playmat play travel games and drive the toy cars through the tunnel. Flying with a 3 year old just got loads easier with these play mats! 

Here is my Toy Car Storage in action:

Toy Car Play Mat being used on a flight by a toddler, american airlines carry on size
Toddler toys for airplane ride

The Best Toys for Traveling With Your Toddler

6. Busy Books are always great to have with you, whether it's a pop up book with tabs to pull and open or a felt book. This educational and fun Plane Busy Book from Usborne is perfect for a trip to the airport! 

7. I also love the Eye Spy Books for spending a long time looking at each page! 

8.  Fidget Toys are fun travel games to keep little hands busy or think about magnetic toys which can help keep the parts all together.

9. Coloring books and art supplies are a good quiet activity especially for older children.

10. My Adventure Wallet is the perfect travel toy for older kids. Its a great airplane activities for 11 year old to start a journal of their trip. 

It can be a travel journal as well as a place to keep all their keepsakes like tickets and maps from their travels.

Child drawing in their car seat on a road trip

Using So Handmade's Adventure Wallet during a road trip

I also have a travel gift set here

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travel toys for 5 year olds

Kids entertained on a flight is the key to the start of a stress free and happy vacation!

The great thing about all these fun airplane activities, travel games and travel toys is that not only can you use them on your plane rides but also on your vacation. Keep your younger children busy when you are waiting at the airport, in the hotel room, in the car, at a restaurant or even a rainy day whilst on vacation. For a great travel toys for 5 year old think about packing creative toys such as art kits, coloring books.

Check out my collection of Screen Free Toddler Toys for busy kids on the go! for the best toys for toddler boys

These sensory toys and the best toddler toys will keep your little ones happy and entertained.

Fine Motor Skills: Amongst The Benefits Of Fun Travel Toys

Engaging your children in play with these perfect play mats and travel toys offers more than just a diversion from screen time or in-flight entertainment options like iPads.

Playing with these preschool travel games and travel toys presents an opportunity for them to hone their fine motor skills, refine hand-eye coordination, and unleash their creativity as they invent stories and characters within their play world. The best baby travel toys offer these additional skill building capabilities.

By immersing themselves in these tactile experiences, they not only stimulate their imaginations but also foster language development and social skills through interaction with their parents, siblings or fellow travelers.

Moreover, navigating the various features of the travel games,  play mats and toys prompts problem-solving skills and encourages cognitive development, laying a foundation for critical thinking and adaptability.

How to Pack Toys For Travel

When you are packing your bag for carry one and hand luggage I like to separate the toys into a separate packing cube or smaller travel bag you can get from the dollar store within your diaper bag. This is so I can easily grab it out before putting your luggage into the overhead compartments.

The handy toys can be kept hidden from your toddler and bring them out one at a time so as to keep some as a 'surprise' when the fidgeting starts. Having a mix of new travel toys and some tried and tested favorites is also good idea.

Try and keep a schedule like you would at home so during the day time play hour have them engaging in the more active travel toys but when it gets close to nap or night time choose a quieter book or their favorite stuffy to prepare them for sleeping.

Kids love these open ended Montessori travel toys!

Here are some amazing reviews I have had for my Toy Car Storage, the perfect travel toy!

kids love these toddler travel toys

Whether your family vacation starts with a long haul flight or long car rides I hope this list of travel games and travel toys has been helpful and wishing you all the luck in the world for a smooth and stress free next trip.

Traveling soon? Check out my blog posts for more travel tips and recommendations including melissa doug: The Best Vacation Toys

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Traveling With Toddlers

So handmade range of travel toys are ideal companions for your travels, dining outings, or visits to Grandma's house.

Active toddlers and preschoolers often have abundant energy to expend while waiting at restaurants, during flights, or car rides. Being on the move shouldn't hinder their enjoyment of imaginative play!

The idea is straightforward: provide children with tangible toys suitable for play anywhere, ensuring they're portable and easy to manage.

Offering handmade toys as an option empowers kids to unleash their creativity, filling in colors and sounds against the canvas of a simple roadmap.