Travel Activities with Toddlers that work every time!
Everyone finds themselves traveling at some time during a year. Sometimes we travel across town, sometimes to a relatives house downstate, perhaps it is our summer home and sometimes it is a vacation that requires hours of travel. No matter where or why you travel you will often be traveling with your family. If your family includes traveling with toddlers then you will need to plan for some travel activities with toddlers.
Window Clings – If you have children you may already own some window clings. If not traveling is a good time to add them to your activity list. Children often sit by a window in the car, train, or airplane. Children can create stories, objects, or sort in many different ways. Window clings come in all shapes and sizes. Buy ones that your child will find interesting.
Pop up Post-Its – These are small post-its that come in a container. You pull them our one at a time. They are thin rectangles instead of the usual squares. This is another item toddlers can stick to things. They can form shapes with them or create a picture with them. They also come in different colors as will.
Band-aids or Stickers – Band-aids may sound silly but they come in all shapes, sizes and colors. They require your child to remove the paper so that they can stick onto other things. This will occupy their attention for a long period of time. Children love band-aids and they love to stick them on many things. The band-aids will not hurt any object they are attached to and are intended to be removed from anything that is not paper in a relatively short period of time. Stickers are a good alternative to band-aids.
Weekly Pill Box – Fill a pill box with a variety of healthy snacks and your toddler will enjoy the seek and find the adventure of opening and closing each lid to discover what is underneath.
Two cups, One filled with Ice – Your toddler will enjoy moving the ice from one cup to the next. Toddlers love this simple challenge and will do it over and over again. On a hot day, this is a great idea and they can enjoy eating a few pieces of ice in the process.
A New Book – A book your child will enjoy that is not part of their collection already. A book about something they enjoy or a book about something they will do or see while they are traveling is also a good idea. A book that is new and inviting is the key here.
Koosh Ball – A soft ball is a great idea when traveling. The texture of a koosh ball is very inviting and just manipulating may hold your toddler’s attention for some time. Any soft ball that you will have will certainly work. It encourages gentle movement while you are traveling. Even while traveling in an airplane a gentle game of catch in your row will pass some time.
New Inexpensive Toys – The idea here is something new. Perhaps brought out when your toddler has been cooperative for a period of time, when they are becoming a little restless, or they seem a little bored with what they have been doing. The toy must be age appropriate for your toddler and something that will interest them. Dollar store items work well. Wrapping the new toy also adds to their interest.
Velcro Craft Sticks – These are easy to make and take. Color Popsicle sticks with different color markers and then attach adhesive Velcro circles to the ends of each stick. This creates a way for toddlers to build and create objects and designs of their choice.
I pad – If your child is used to using an i pad at home it may be an item that you can bring with you. You can load it with new games or movies that your child would be interested in while they travel.
I hope these ideas will get you started thinking about other travel activities with toddlers that will keep your child occupied as you pass the hours traveling to your destination. Remember to keep your child in mind when planning activities. Try to capitalize on the stage of development they are at. Thinking out of the box to have activities that a little different also hold a toddlers interest.
Thinking out of the box to have activities that a little different also hold a toddler’s interest.