ROAD TRIP ACTIVITIES THAT TODDLERS & PARENTS LOVE
Taking a road trip with a toddler can be stressful, but having road trip activities for your toddler will make it easier. The road trip activities for toddlers on our list are fun and educational, so your little one stays engaged while learning and having fun.
Trust us, traveling with a toddler, especially a 2-year-old doesn’t have to be stressful. If you are properly prepared with snacks, toys, activities, and games. Of course, we know how unpredictable toddlers can be, so there is only so much you can do.
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We use many of these activities to survive road trips with a toddler, so we are writing from experience. All of these are screen-free, so you don’t have to worry about too much screen-time for your toddler. For this post, we define toddlers as kids between the age of two and five years old.
FUN ROAD TRIP ACTIVITY KITS FOR TODDLERS
My wife is the creative one, so when it comes to fun activities for our toddler, she is a creative genius. She can make fun and educational games from nothing. I, on the other hand, prefer to buy fun road trip activities for our toddler. Here are my favorite road trip activities for toddlers.
1. Wikki Stix Traveler Kit
Wikki Stix Traveler Kit is the ultimate crafting activity for creative toddlers. This activity set offers unlimited fun that you can take anywhere.
Included in the activity kit is a 12-page activity book with ideas and inspiration for your little artist, plus 144 Wikki Stix to create their works of art. The Wikki Stix are safe, with non-toxic food-grade wax and hand knitting yarn.
2. Melissa & Doug On the Go Scratch Art Activity Books
Melissa & Doug On the Go Scratch Art Activity Books reveal hidden pictures. I will warn you this scratch book can get messy. The residue from scratching the pads can get everywhere.
Each page has a clue of what will be revealed. Your little one will have a blast finding the hidden figures in this activity book.
3. Paint by Sticker: Under the Sea
Toddlers love stickers, which is why Paint by Sticker: Under the Sea is one of the best road trip activities for toddlers. Pictures come to life using stickers, instead of crayons or paint.
This book is perfect for toddlers that love stickers, so they can color the pages instead of the cabinets and walls. Your toddler just needs to match the numbers to color their masterpiece.
Once they are done you will have a masterpiece, worthy of a place on the fridge.
Paint by Sticker Books
4. Melissa & Doug Make-A-Face Reusable Sticker Pad
We aren’t huge fans of stickers, but toddlers seem to love them. When our son was a little younger, I banned stickers from the house because they are annoying. Now that our son is a little older, we purchased the Melissa & Doug Make-A-Face Reusable Sticker Pad.
This reusable sticker pad is a lot of fun for toddlers. They can let their imagination run wild. There are 10 pet scenes with over 60 cling-style stickers to decorate. Your toddler can give the animals silly expressions or faces; it’s up to them.
What I like about this activity book is how portable it is. It’s the perfect size for young kids and fits great inside a toddler backpack. There are different scenes to choose from, so I’m sure you will find the perfect one for your toddler.
Melissa & Doug Sticker Pad Scenes
5. Erasable Doodle Book
I think Erasable Doodle Books are the perfect alternative to tablets for toddlers. This fun drawing book has 14 pages for your little ones to draw their masterpieces. It’s small enough to fit in their backpack or diaper bag.
This fun drawing book has 14 pages for your little ones to draw their masterpieces. It’s small enough to fit in their backpack or a diaper bag.
There are 12 pens included, so there is nothing else to buy. To clean the book, wipe it with a wet tissue or baby wipe.
6. Melissa & Doug On-the-Go Crafts – Felt Friends
If you haven’t noticed by now, we are huge fans of the Melissa & Doug brand. Melissa & Doug On-the-Go Crafts – Felt Friends is a fun activity set for preschoolers that love crafts.
There are step-by-step instructions to create cute animals. This preschool activity includes 4 color scenes, 142 felt sticker shapes, 46 printed felt stickers to create 12 felt animals. You and your toddler will have a blast, so I recommend sitting in the back seat to help your toddler with this craft if you do not have older kids.
Melissa & Doug on-the-Go Crafts
7. Crayola Color Wonder Travel Easel
Crayola Color Wonder Travel Easel is another portable art station for toddlers. This version includes 5 Color Wonder markers, 6 finger paints, 30 bonus coloring sheets, and 18 Frozen coloring pages. All of this comes inside of a travel easel, that can be used anywhere.
Like the other coloring markers and pages on our list, they are mess-free and can only work on the special paper included in the set. The travel case turns into an easel, making it easier for your toddler to draw their masterpiece.
Disney Crayola Color Wonder Easel Characters
8. Melissa & Doug Magic Velvet Activity Kit
The Melissa & Doug Color Magic Velvet Activity Kit is a fun color set for little ones. I like velvet sets because they make the colors pop against the black background. They are fun coloring sets for toddlers preschoolers.
If you are looking for an affordable coloring set for kids, this is a good option. What makes this coloring set cool are the patterns and textures that appear as you color. Melissa & Doug always add a little something extra to their products.
9. Road Trip Kit
The Road Trip Kit is a comprehensive road trip activity set for preschoolers. This is the ultimate road trip activity kit for young children between the ages of four and six.
If you are short on time and want a collection of different road trip activities for your kids, this is a great option. This set is reusable, so you can take them on a road trip, play during a rainy day, or on a long flight.
Some of the games include connecting the dots, hangman, bingo, a scavenger hunt, tic-tac-toe, and a few other games. There are two sets of each game, so there is no fighting between kids.
The best thing about this road trip kit is if you do not love it, you can get your money back. I say give it a try, and if you don’t like it, you can return it for a full refund.
10. Melissa & Doug Water Wow Deluxe
The Melissa & Doug Water Wow Deluxe activity sets are the most popular travel activities for toddlers. Your toddler can color with water, so that means no mess to clean-up. Plus, there are hidden objects on the pages, so your toddler can find them.
The outside has built-in storage, so you don’t have to worry about losing the paintbrush. As if this toddler activity set wasn’t perfect, the pages dry and the color disappears, so your little one can color over again.
Honestly, this is a must-have when traveling with a toddler. Your toddler or preschooler is guaranteed to love this water-based color set.
Melissa & Doug Water Wow Books
11. Fun Felt Shapes Travel Kit
Fun Felt Shapes Travel Kit is the perfect road trip activity for preschoolers learning shapes, colors, creative thinking, patterns, and fine-motor skill. This is the ultimate travel activity for little ones to use their imagination, and create anything that comes to mind.
These felt shapes stick onto the storyboard, making it a fun and mess-free activity for toddlers. There is a storage bag included, so your little one doesn’t lose the pieces, but with over 100 felt shapes, they could afford to lose a few.
12. Counting Flashcards
Counting Flashcards are a fun and educational way to pass the time during a long road trip with a toddler. These colorful cards will help your toddler with number recognition, object recognition, and eventually addition.
This set includes 20 cards to help your little one learn how to count to 20. The double-sided cards will be a hit with toddlers wanting to learn, plus they are durable to withstand destructive toddlers. We love using flashcards with our 2-year-old, and he feels like a big boy.
13. Tangoes Jr.
We recently discovered the Tangoes Jr. and plan to purchase it the next time we are in the US. Our son is all about shapes. Since he loves blocks and shapes, we thought this would be a challenge for him as he gets older.
This puzzle game is the perfect road trip activity set for toddlers. There are over 100 challenges to push your little one and excel in their thinking. The game board makes it easy to travel with and doubles as a carrying case, so your toddler can play anywhere.
This STEM toy is perfect for growing toddlers. Who knew math and critical thinking could be this fun? I can’t wait to buy our set when we return to the US because I will be playing with our 2-year-old.
14. Crayola Color Wonder Stow & Go
The Crayola Color Wonder Stow & Go is a travel coloring kit, that kids can take anywhere. This fun and mess-free set is perfect for little artists, because the markers only work on the special paper included in the set.
This is one of our favorite road trip activities for toddlers, especially because there is no clean-up. We love it so much we usually color together. Our 2-year-old is still working on learning how to share the markers, but it’s a lot of fun for the entire family.
Color Wonder Sheets
15. Toddlers Around Town Activity Book
The Toddlers Around Town Activity Book is a fun interactive activity book for toddlers. There are 25 puzzles inside this book to keep your toddler busy. I love the cute illustrations in this book, which I’m sure your preschooler will love too.
The playful puzzles will keep your little one engaged. As your toddler becomes a preschooler this books provides challenges that will grow with them. Overall, this is one of the best toddler activity find and seek books.
16. BunMo Pop Tubes (Fidget Toys)
BunMo Pop Tubes are the perfect toys for active toddlers that can’t sit still. These fidget toys will activate your toddler’s imagination, there is no limit to their creativity.
These sensory toys are the perfect road trip activity to keep your toddler busy during a long road trip. They can bend, pop, and connect, to turn into anything your toddler wants.
17. Magnetic Tracing Board
Is your toddler learning how to write? The Magnetic Tracing Board is the perfect road trip toddler activity for little ones in the beginning stages of learning how to write letters.
This tracing board is double-sided to allow them to learn upper and lower case letters. To help your toddler understand the basics, the vowels are red, and the consonants are blue so they can start the fundamentals of grammar.
The magnetic stylus makes the metal beads pop up as they trace the letters. Your little one can also use their fingers to trace the letters if they are still working on holding a pencil.
Toddler Tracing Activities
18. Melissa & Doug Alphabet Lacing Cards
Lacing toys are the perfect road trip activity for toddlers becuase it forces them to focus. We all know how hard it can be for toddlers to focus for long periods. We love the Melissa & Doug Alphabet Lacing Cards because they help toddlers learn while playing.
The other lacing toys are just objects, but these cards help toddlers learn letters, objects, and animals. Each card has a picture on one side, with an upper and lower case letter on the other side. This road trip activity for toddlers helps letter recognition, vocabulary, hand-eye coordination, and fine motor skills.
19. Disney Look and Find Books
Disney Look and Find Books are a collection of Disney books that encourage your toddler to find objects on the pages. I’m sure your toddler will recognize the characters.
They can find objects within the stories. Help Minnie, Peppa Pig, Paw Patrol, Mickey, and PJ Mask find the items in the story. This collection includes stickers so your little ones can customize their stories with other Disney characters.
20. Crayola Color Wonder Mess Free Art Desk
Crayola Color Wonder Mess-Free Art Desk is a travel art desk for toddlers. This art set comes with everything your toddler needs to create stunning works of art.
Included in this set is a storage box, mess-free wonder markers, jungle-themed stamps, a non-drying ink pad, and 15 blank sheets of color wonder paper.
The best part is, the colors only work on the special paper, so there is no mess to clean up later. It’s the perfect on the go art studio for toddlers.
21. Listen to Audiobooks
Audiobooks are a fun way to pass time when on a long road trip with toddlers. You can’t listen to regular books, but there are fun children’s books to listen to while in the car. The Cat in the Hat or Disney audiobooks have engaging stories that your toddler would want to hear in silly voices.
DIY ROAD TRIP ACTIVITIES FOR TODDLERS
This section is for creative parents who love to create DIY activities for their toddlers. My wife loves creating DIY activities for our son because it is more cost-efficient.
The road trip activities in this section can be creative with items from around the house or require purchasing a few things. The materials are very affordable; so you won’t spend a fortune.
22. Dance Freeze Party
What’s a road trip without music? Pass the time by having a dance freeze party. Play your favorite Kidz Bop songs, then pause them whenever the music stops; everyone has to freeze.
To make it more fun, take turns choosing the songs and controlling the music. I recommend 24K Magic, Old Town Road, Sorry Not Sorry, and nearly anything from Kiz Bop 2019 and 2020.
23. iSpy Sensory Bottle
- Water Bottle
- Food Coloring
- Small Objects to put inside the bottle (beads, paperclip, glitter, water beads, glow stars)
Sensory Bottles are easy to make at home, with anything you find in the house.
24. Sound-It-Out Flashcards
25. Have a Sing Along
We are at the repetitive stage of toddlerhood, so we listen and sing the same songs constantly. Our current song is Wheels on the Bus and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, so we sing those songs nonstop.
If you are lucky enough to be out of that stage, having a sing-along with your toddler to some of their favorite songs can pass the time. There is nothing wrong with cranking up with music and singing your heart out to Kidz Bop.
26. Popsicle Stick Puzzles
ROAD TRIP GAMES FOR TODDLERS
Another fun way to pass the time during a long road trip with a toddler is with road trip games. These games are screen-free, educational, and fun.
Your toddler will stay busy for hours with these games. They are so fun that the entire family can join in on the fun.
31. Travel Scavenger Hunt Card Game
Scavenger hunts are fun, so this Travel Scavenger Hunt Card Game is perfect for long car rides with a toddler. Preschoolers as young as 4 or 5-years-old can play this game.
The cards are engaging with items to find, such as license plates with the letter “Z”; finding a stop sign or a blue car. These are only a few of the 54 scavenger hunt cards for your toddler.
This is one of the games that the entire family can play together.
32. Disney Matching Game
What toddler wouldn’t love the Disney Matching Game. It is the perfect road trip game for toddlers, especially if they are Disney fanatics.
This matching game is easy to play, with the Disney characters you love. Toddlers as young as 2-years-old can play with travel game. Plus, it doesn’t require two people, your little one can play along.
Although this road trip game can be played alone, what fun is that? Hop in the back seat or have the kids play together. There are different designs, so you can find the characters that your toddler loves.
Best-Selling Matching Game Characters
33. Alphabet Bingo!
Bingo is a fun road trip game for toddlers and preschoolers. If you want to take it up a notch, then Alphabet Bingo! is the way to go.
The classic bingo game is elevated with bright colors, animals, shapes, letters, and sounds. Your little one will have a blast with this reimagined version of Bingo.
This set comes with six game boards, 25 letter tokens, 72 chips, and loads of fun. Toddlers as young as 3-years-old can play this game, but the entire family can get involved. See who can be the first one to call Bingo and win a fun prize.
34. Road Trip Card Games
Road Trip Card Games is a fun game set for families that comes with everything you need to keep your toddler busy on the road. The first game is a travel scavenger hunt card game.
The second game in this kit is auto bingo. Encourage your little one to find the objects on the card for a prize. You can play this game over and over again on the road.
35. I SPY Travel Card Game
Your toddler or preschooler will enjoy the challenge of finding the objects on the card. This game helps toddlers become familiar with words, letters, shapes, colors, and expanding their vocabulary.
Along with looking for the objects on the cards, there are fun rhyming brain teasers to challenge your little one. There are 48 cards to keep your little one busy during a long road trip.]
36. HedBanz Disney
We love the HedBanz game, so the release of HedBanz Disney is perfect for toddlers and parents. Honestly, I think I’ll love this game more than our son since I grew up with Disney. I plan on purchasing this game when our son is a little older, probably three or four.
Can your toddler guess the Disney character with your clues? Hedbanz is a fun road trip game for toddlers that everyone will love and can play. Who can give the best clues? Who can guess the answer the fastest?
There is something about Disney that can bring the family together. Everyone of all ages has a favorite Disney movie or character; what’s yours?
37. Story Time (with a twist)
It’s always fun to tell stories, but this story time comes with a twist. Get your toddler involved by including them in the storytelling. Encourage your toddler to insert words in the story to come up with a wacky story.
Something like once upon a time there was a _____ (let your toddler guess) that lives in a ____ (toddler picks a place). Get the entire family involved and see who can come up with the wackiest, funniest, and most interesting story.
38. Disney UNO
We couldn’t have a list of the best road trip games for toddlers without mentioning UNO. It is the ultimate travel game for families. Disney UNO is the same game, with the Disney character you know and love.
My favorite is the Lion King version, with the special circle of life card. There is a special rule in each version, so your favorite Disney character pack may have a unique rule.
UNO Cards (Disney Designs)
39. Spelling Game
The spelling game is very similar to the counting game, especially since our little one is still young. Our toddler is starting to talk more, count, and recognize objects, so we use that as a learning opportunity. Plus, with his mom being a preschool teacher, she can’t help herself.
We start with things he can recognize and spell them out loud. He is in the learning stage, so he’s excited when he learns something new. We are currently working on three-letter words such as ice, dog, cat, and hat. He recognizes those words, so they are easier for him to learn.
For preschoolers quizzing them on words, they recognize can be fun. To make it more fun for your preschooler, let your little one quiz you. If everyone participates, they are more likely to have fun, plus it doesn’t feel like work.
40. Guess in 10 Animal Planet
There are over 50 card game cards with 6 clue cards to help guess the answers. Your little one can ask 10 questions to guess the animal on the card.
Although the recommended age for this game is 6-years-old and up, toddlers as young as 4-years-old can play this fun road trip travel game.
Other Guess in 10 Games
41. Counting Game
Our son is learning how to count to ten, so we spend a lot of time counting. To make it more fun, we turn it into a game. Since he’s in the beginning stages of learning, the games are simple. We say a number (1 through 9), and he says the following number, which is simple enough for a toddler that just turned w-years-old.
For toddlers or preschoolers, playing a game such as guess, the number can be fun. Your little one has to guess the number you are thinking between 1 and 20 with clues. You can give clues that help them with their math, such as, “I am thinking of a number that is 2 – 1”.
42. World of Disney Eye Found It
World of Disney Eye Found It is a board game that has morphed into a travel card game for kids. It’s one of the best road trip games for toddlers that help promote object identification, matching skills, and attention to detail.
Toddlers as young as 2-years-old can play this game. They need to find objects such as barrels, letters, tables, and teapots. Although it’s a little challenging, it’s a lot of fun.
Maybe I should play this game because my wife says I can never fund anything but isn’t it just easier to ask her? Why look when she knows where it is? Anyway, this game is fun and easy for toddlers to play.
43. Color Scavenger Hunt
Scavenger hunts are easy because you don’t have to buy anything. This game will help your toddler with color recognition. Challenge your little one to find as many objects as possible of a particular color.
For this game to work, you may need to put a few things in their immediate eye-sight since they will be strapped in a car seat, and movement is limited.
Get the entire family involved and make it more fun by adding a timer. See who can find the most objects of a particular color inside the car in 2 minutes.
44. Melissa & Doug Wooden Tic Tac Toe
Melissa & Doug Wooden Tic Tac Toe is a fun game that helps your toddler think strategically. It is a simple game that is a lot of fun.
This toddler road trip game comes with a bright wooden tic-tac-toe board with large game tiles. The eye-catching red and blue tiles are small enough for your little one’s hands and large enough to find in between the seats.
45. I Spy Go Fish! Card Game
Go Fish is a classic card game for toddlers, so I Spy Go Fish takes it to the next level. This fun game combines Go Fish; I Spy to make the ultimate card game for kids.
This road trip game for toddlers is guaranteed to pass the time in the car. Plus, it helps your little one with object recognition and critical thinking
46. Rhyming Puzzle Game
The Rhyming Puzzle Game is a fun learning activity for toddlers. There are different levels for growing toddlers to fit their learning stages.
Your toddler can learn word recognition, vocabulary, reading, and rhyming with this puzzle set. With 30 pairs, this is the perfect road trip activity for toddlers.
My favorite thing about this puzzle set is that it is self-correcting. Your little one won’t get frustrated when they get a wrong answer. Only the correct pieces fit together, so they can find the right answer on their own.
47. I Spy Dig In Game
I Spy Dig In Game brings the books and cards to life. It’s a fun game that toddlers can play in their car seats during a road trip.
What makes it more fun is that more than one person can play at a time, making it a fun family activity. The concept is easy, all your toddler needs to do is find the objects on the card.
Although it is recommended for kids 5 and up, toddlers as young as 3-years-old can play this game. It helps your toddler learn vocabulary, fine-motor skills, and hand-eye coordination.
This isn’t just a road trip game for toddlers, the entire family can join the fun. If you want to pass the time and had a fun doing so, this is the perfect game for you.
48. Feelings and Dealings
Feelings and Dealings is one of our favorite games because it helps families talk about their emotions. What better time to play a game about feelings than when you are stuck in a car for an extended time?
This single deck of cards includes over 40 expressive feelings cards, 3 educational games, 5 therapy games, and 24 universal emotions. The purpose of this game is to teach children how to identify and cope with their feelings.
If you want to connect with your kids on another level, this is the perfect game. This game isn’t just for toddlers, it can be used for kids up to 8-years-old.
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