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There are a number of ways parents have found to entertain their little ones in the car on road trips over the decades. For instance, one dad enjoyed singing off-key really loud (not very effective by the way – kind of made their kid want to cry to make him stop), another couple constantly fed their kids snacks to keep them quiet (which led to lots of bathroom stops or a very smelly vehicle). All in all, the various methods and ideas are all random and based on individual parenting styles for the most part … until today’s generation of parents. We have at our fingertips the harmonious beauty of online shopping for securing the most enjoyable and affordable entertainment for our children that can be delivered right to your doorstep! How convenient is that? Try as we might, our tired minds simply cannot compare to the brilliance of a categorized search engine on Amazon doing all the brilliant legwork for us in finding the most ideal toys, arts and crafts, or car accessories on the planet. Here’s a collection of some top suggestions for keeping your toddler content as long as possible on your next driving adventure.
Arts and Crafts
Kids love to play with classic concepts like water, light, and magnets no matter what generation they are born into! Try some of these creative twists on old favorites for a car trip with your toddler. You’ll have a barrel of fun even when traveling in the dark with the light-up drawing board!
B. toys Water Doodler Portable Drawing Board
Perfect travel toys for toddlers and it includes non-toxic color doodle drawing game and magic water pens.
Melissa & Doug Water Wow Bundle: Farm, Safari & Under The Sea
These reusable water coloring books includes four reusable pages and a refillable water pen that stores on the cover, making it a great take-along activity for travel for your little ones.
DIONRS Large Magnetic Drawing Board for Kids and Toddlers
What I love about this is it is erasable and the dimension is 13 x 16 inches, a perfect size for travel. It includes a pen, a bonus magic water mat, and a convenient handle so, your kid can easily carry it wherever. Plus, it is available in four colors.
My First Crayola Touch Lights
This mess-free, portable musical doodle board lights up and plays music. Your little one will enjoy hours of doodling while on the road and is a great sensory activity for them.
Have you ever wondered how to completely mesmerize a toddler and help them forget they are even strapped to a car seat? Give them a musical toy with sounds, lights, and buttons to push, or gears to pull, and you’ll only hear squeals of delight from the back seat!
VTech Turn & Learn Driver Amazon Exclusive
Your kids’ curious hands will love pretending to drive using the steering wheel toy that causes the cute dog character to move back and forth. Plus, this is not just a fun toy; it encourages imaginative play.
Zooawa Multifunctional Musical Elephant Keyboard Piano Toy
This baby piano toy not only has five keys Do, Re, Mi, Fa, So, but also has baby music songs that will keep your baby entertained and also helps improve your baby’s music perception and hearing development.
Melissa & Doug Pretty Purse Fill & Spill Soft Play Set
Your little girls will love this pretty purse fill and spill! It includes a mobile phone that chimes, a key ring with four removable keys, a coin purse with four countable coins, and a compact with a child-safe mirror.
VTech Touch and Swipe Baby Phone
This pretend smartphone will encourage your baby in imaginative play. They can press pretend apps to hear songs and phrases about the weather, the time, and more. They can spend hours sliding between screens for two modes of play and touch the light-up apps to build their hand and eye coordination.
Plush Creations Plush Jungle Animals Toy Set
This is a cute interactive and educational toy for your little ones. They just need to squeeze or hug the super-soft plush animals to hear the cutest lifelike animal sound. Each animal introduces itself and then makes the coolest real-life animal sounds!
For every good book, there is a big smile. For every big smile from a toddler (especially on a long road trip), there is a happy mom. Give them the gift of educational books with interactive sounds, novelty features, or special texture pages to keep little ones engaged and content even in a moving vehicle.
MAMMA Kiddie My First Word Book
Learn while traveling! This book has letters and words with bright colors and pictures. A wonderful way to improve kids’ key skills, such as language skills, imagination, sensory skills, etc. Plus, this is made in high quality and non-toxic fabric that is safe for your baby.
World of Eric Carle, Hear Bear Roar
Hours of fun copying animal sounds with your kids. This sound book includes 30 animal-themed sound buttons to press and captivating creatures on each page making Hear Bear Roar an amazing and interactive adventure!
Melissa & Doug Poke-a-Dot – Dinosaurs A to Z
Another interactive book you can play with your kids while on the road. You just need to poke the dots as you make your way through the dinosaur alphabet and learn fun facts along the way!
Richard Scarry’s Cars and Trucks and Things That Go
This book is for the kids who love vehicles! It features hundreds of clearly labeled vehicles so, expect a day of a fun-filled day of planes, trains, automobiles.
VTech Peek and Play Baby Book
What I love about this book are the fun peek-a-boo surprises! It introduces animals through bold pictures and fun interactive features.
Pinkfong Baby Shark Official Sound Book
“Baby Shark, doot-doo, doo, doo.” Yes, that song! Enjoy singing it again and again with your kids on your road trip along with the other splash-tastic songs!
If it is time for you to be packing up for your trip and hitting the road this week, don’t forget that Amazon Prime is a great way to get all the items you need to be shipped right to your doorstep in time for your big road trip. You’re bound to have a blast touring the countryside, soaking in the scenery, and having less stress and fussing from the little one in the back seat when you know you have a variety of entertainment for the kids on hand and ready to go. Keeping a good stock of “tricks” in your travel bag is a must along with healthy, safe snacks, a cooler with water, bottles, or other necessary items for your sweet little adventurer. Happy Traveling!