These DIY Kids Travel Activity Kits is for everyone who needs a boredom buster (or two) to keep kids busy while you travel. Making DIY Kids Travel Activity Kits is easy, low-cost and high-fun. Read on for some screen-free, battery-free, charger-free travel activities for when you are en route with kids…
DIY Kids Travel Activity Kits
What you will need:
- Large pencil case (or a resealable ziplock bag)
- Age appropriate activities (see suggestions below)
That’s all. Really.
OK, I feel you doubting.
Here are some age appropriate travel activity ideas:
- Board books
- Favourite stuffed animal (play hide and seek with it)
- Mirror (for them to look at themselves – adult holds it)
- Teething ring
- Deck of cards
- Fidget spinners/fidget cubes
- Figures to play with (dinosaurs work well too)
- Travel bingo
- Magnet tray + magnetic words/letters
- Crayons + paper
- Travel chess/checkers
- Pencil and paper (play hangman or MASH)
- Fidget spinner/fidget cube
I always keep activity bags within arms reach when we travel (on floor of minivan so I can reach in as needed for Boredom Busters — or under my seat on airplanes). The best activities are the ones you have with you (especially when you hit traffic or your flight is delayed).
I have also included some “surprise” activities in past travel activity kits (tattoos + wet baby wipes, lollipops, new dollar store toy*, snacks – read on below for travel snack suggestions).
*new dollar store toys are especially good for long haul travel…like our 12 our flight to visit our in-laws. Around hour nine…when we are all tired and crabby…a new set of dinosaurs…or a new teapot + teacup…was just the thing to get us over the hump. Bonus: if the dollar store toy gets lost anywhere between here and there…it’s no great loss.
I also keep a few travel activities hidden in my suitcase for the way back. You should too. 😉
Some of the following 20 SCREEN FREE TRAVEL ACTIVITIES were mentioned above…but there are others which you might want to include in your next travel activity kit. (Scroll down for those travel snack suggestions!)
And finally, snacks are always a great travel activity idea. It keeps the kids fed and gives them something to do. I put together SNACKS ON A PLANE | 25 NUT-FREE SNACK IDEAS FOR AIRPLANES (which works for cars, minivans, and trains too).