“There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million.” [Walt Streightiff]
If you’ve hung out with a preschooler for any length of time, you’re probably pretty aware that 3-5 year olds are full of wonder and love to explore their world in a hands on way. This is a really fun age to travel because not only are kids at this age incredibly curious and genuinely excited about the world around them, there are many more options to keep preschoolers engaged and occupied during the journey. Here’s my favorite simple preschool travel toys and activities that will capture your kids attention and encourage creativity along the way.
Be sure to check out our favorite toddler travel toys because there’s a gold mine of ideas on that list that preschoolers will thoroughly enjoy as well.
SIMPLE PRESCHOOL TRAVEL TOYS AND ACTIVITIES
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1. Wikki Stix Alphabet
If your kids have never played with WikkiStix, then you should definitely give them a try. I love the Wikki Stix Alphabet Card set because your little travelers can work on letter formation in a fun hands on way.
2. Drawing Pad
3. Magnetic Bingo
Enjoy the classic bingo game in magnetic, travel-size form! I love how small and portable this bingo set is.
4. Airplane/Road trip Scavenger Hunt
If your child loves playing I spy with my little eye, then they will love these scavenger hunts. Both of these printables are available for free in The Travel Treasury. If you don’t have the password you can sign up to receive access HERE.
5. Favorite Small Character Toys
Some preschool favorites: Daniel Tiger, Peppa Pig, Paw Patrol, Cars 2, Princesses, Calico Critters, and My Little Pony.
6. Storybook Bags
Pair your child’s favorite book with toys so they can reenact the story and then come up with one of their own.
7. Eye Found It Card Game
This Eye Found It Card game is a fun and portable activity that encourages your kiddos to look for hidden details in the pictures. To simplify the game while traveling, you can give your child one card and then draw a card from the stack to tell them what object to search for. I am always so amazed at how this game captures the attention of my preschooler!
8. Spot It Jr
Spot It Jr. Animals is another travel-friendly game your kids will enjoy! How cute is the adorable animal theme?!
9. Learn to Draw Books
If your child likes to draw (or wants to learn how to), these are perfect to pair with a drawing pad and colored pencils. We really like these Learn To Draw books. There are many to choose from which makes it easy to find something to match your child’s interests. Some available themes are Princess Kingdom, Ocean Wonders, Dinosaurs, Animals, and Flowers.
10. Lacing Cards
How cute are these Pet Lacing Cards? These are such a great way for preschoolers to develop hand-eye coordination and practice lacing and tracing skills.
A geoboard is another fantastic fine-motor manipulative that’s small and easy to bring along. Use the rubber bands to create geometric shapes and patterns.
I don’t really know how describe Squigz other than by saying that they’re incredibly fun and provide lots of entertainment on the road. The silicone rubber pieces connect easily and pop apart. They don’t leave any residue or marks on surfaces which makes them fantastic for in the car or on an airplane.
13. Lego Box
Do your kids love LEGO’S? Easily make a portable LEGO kit for lots of building excitement on the road!
14. DIY Busy Bags
Travel-friendly Busy Bags are a great way to keep little hands busy! You can even toss a few in your purse while you’re out and about on your trip for those just in case moments.
15. Write and Wipe Books
Wipe clean books (like this one and this one) are a favorite travel activity because of how easy they are to toss in a bag and go. Plus, I really like that you can reuse them again and again on future trips.
16. Polly Pocket
Can anyone say blast from the past?! These were one of my favorite toys growing up and I’m so excited that they have made a comeback. Each compact Pocket World (here, here, here, and here) is small enough to take anywhere for great adventures!
17. Travel Chalkboards
This Trace-n-Erase Chalkboard® Travel Set is the perfect size to bring along on your big adventure. You can work on letter formation, counting, shapes and lines. I love that it comes in a handy dandy zipper pouch. Wouldn’t this also be fantastic to add to a restaurant activity kit?!
18. Tape Activity Book
The spiral-bound tape activity book contains 20 reusable picture pages filled with color and packed with cheery details. Kids can pull, press, and tear the included rolls of color tape to add to and embellish the pictures in the book. From our experience, the tape is a little tricky to rip off, so younger kids might need a bit of help. BUT it’s great for fine motor practice!
19. Reusable Sticker Scenes
This adorable puffy sticker activity set features reusable stickers and comes with a convenient carrying handle that makes it great for travel and on-the-go play. Plus there are lots of different themes to choose from! You can find them here and here.
20. Felt Friends Stickers
Preschoolers love to create felt creatures with this engaging activity book. This craft and activity wrapped into one is easy to do and lots of fun!
21. Sticker Totes
Stickers are always a hit with kids. These themed sticker kits are so fun to play with!
22. Magnetic Fun
Magnetic play tins are easy to bring along and encourage imagination and play! There are so many to choose from such as Mickey Mouse, Princesses, Super Heroes, Curious George, Farm, and Cars Planes and Trains. You can even sometimes find them in the dollar bin at Target!
24. Make a Face Books
If I’m completely honest I wasn’t sure if my girls would like these, but goodness they are always a hit! Each make a face sticker pad will inspire lots of giggles as kids complete the pictures of silly pets and crazy characters.
25. Magna Doodle
Magnetic drawing boards are the perfect mess-free travel activity. You can even find them in a convenient travel size to make bringing along on your trip even easier!
26. Learning Activities
Travel time is a great time to work on learning activities with your preschooler. You can work on the alphabet, counting, shapes, etc. Some favorite portable tools are ABC See Hear Do and B is for Breakdancing Bear.
When flying I typically don’t bring a ton of books since they can be heavy, usually just 1 or 2 favorites. Yet on a road trip, books tend to be a large percentage of the activities we pack.
As you can see there are so many fantastic preschool travel toys and activities that will keep your curious explorer engaged while you are traveling. If you take a few minutes to think about what your child is genuinely interested in and then pick a few ideas using the list above you’ll be well on your way to setting your family up for traveling success!