Non-Tech Travel Entertainment for Kids

Non-Tech Travel Entertainment for Kids

’Tis the season for traveling! Are you among the millions out on the roads and in the sky this holiday season? How about stocking up on some non-tech travel entertainment for kids, it will save your sanity!

We traveled for Thanksgiving this year. It ended up being a 13 hour drive with a 17 month and 4 year old. I know, crazy; but visiting family made it totally worth it.

Whenever these trips come around I am always nervous, no matter how much I plan. I worry about everything. How am I going to keep the kids happy? Do we have enough food? Etc., etc., etc.

For those traveling this holiday season, I pulled together a couple of ideas, non-electronic items that take up very little room, that I used for keeping my kids happy and entertained when traveling.

 For the Car

– Magnetic Letters & Cookie Sheet – My son is really into letters and numbers right now so this keeps him busy for a while. You can always find magnets that fit your child’s interests. (picture – Magnets&CookieSheet)

– Quiet Game – See who can remain quiet the longest. My kids are a little young for this but we always played this game as a kids. A good reward usually encourages more quite time.

– Letters & Numbers Game – Count or find all the letters in the alphabet on signs and license plates.


For the Car or Plane:

–     Crayons & Post-it Notes – My kids draw on the Post-it Notes, them “decorate” the car with the drawings. (picture – Travel_Crayons_&_Post-it-Notes)

–     Felt Activity Boards – Felt is an easy and inexpensive way to create actives for your kids. Felt is awesome because it does not have to be sewn and it takes up very little room. There are a ton of DIY and for purchase options. I created a Pinterest Board to hold my favorite ideas. (Pinterest) For Thanksgiving I made a turkey and fall tree for the kids to play with in the car. (Do you want another picture here or are there enough?)

–     Mini Magnetic Drawing Board – Even my 17 month old loves this.

–     Special Food – I always carry a special treat. It does not have to be much. M&M’s saved us on the last hour of our drive over Thanksgiving.


Bonus: Most of these are small enough to keep in a purse or diaper bag for use around town as well on longer trips.


What are your tips and trick for keeping kids happy while on the road?

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Kristin Sokol
I’m an early thirties mother of two and wife to a husband who is pretty much the wind beneath my wings (and the money behind my debit card). I enjoy writing and laughing at the things I write. After graduating from Weber State University I pursued a joint career in full-time mothering and part-time writing. I discovered a passion for learning and writing about community and women’s issues. Besides writing, I enjoy doing things I’m not sure I can do. Some things I’ve failed at. Others I have accomplished. Other interesting things about me…I’m very short. I survived being sprayed by a skunk. I love my pet hibiscus flowering plant almost as much as my human children. I stalk celebrities, but not for a living. I swim surprisingly fast.

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