10 of the best travel toys for kids

Our pick of the top boredom-busters for toddlers and chlidren as you journey by car, train, coach, boat or plane

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  • Tomy Aquadoodle Colour Doodle Bag, £14.99

    Age: 18 months+

    This genius padded bag folds out to create an easel with two drawing areas for creative designs on the go. The secret is in the magic mat - just fill the Aquadoodle pen with ordinary tap water, run the nib over the surface and see the designs appear. As the drawing dries, the picture fades away, ready for the mat to be used again, with no mess, no ink and no stains on seats or holiday clothes.

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  • ELC Little Learning Pad, £16

    Age: 12 months+

    This touch pad for toddlers looks just like a tablet so it will stop them asking for yours, especially useful for when you want to use it yourself. The Little Learning Pad has eight different activities to choose from and allows your toddler to learn about animals, colours and letters and plays music.

    Available at ELC

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  • Magic Sketcher, Assorted £1.25

    Age: 3+ 

    A cheaper and lighter take on the classic Etch a Sketch from John Lewis.  These are easily portable and a good way for your child to draw without the faff of having a big colouring book. Simply pull the card tab to erase a drawing and start again, which should kill a decent enough amount of journey time.  

    Available at John Lewis

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  • First Lacing Pictures, £6.99

    Age: 3+

    Long journeys can be a good opportunity for a bit of learning for pre-school and school children with these colourful lacing pictures.  Made from sturdy board with chunky laces that are easy to thread through and less likely to be lost or thrown away.    

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  • UNO card game, £5.35

    Age: 7+

    UNO is a fun card game for adults and children over the age of seven.  The aim of the game is to score 500 points and get rid of all the cards in your hand.  This is a family-favourite for times when you're stuck in an airport.

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  • Who Is It? £5

    Age: 5+

    John Lewis' take on Guess Who? is designed for travel and is a perfect distraction for children in the back of the car or on a plane.

    Available at John Lewis

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  • 50 Fun Games for On the Go, £7

    Age: 3+

    Each of these 50 cards has a different game to play and tells you how to play it.  Suitable for both long and short journeys and for single and multiple players, this pack of cards provides endless amusement for kids of all ages. 

    Available at Paul Lamond

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  • Peppa Pig 2-in-1 Double-Sided Travel Compact Snakes and Ladders/ Ludo Games, £12.99

    Age: 3+

    This fold up travel pack has both Snakes & Ladders and Ludo.  The dice is in a plastic capsule and the pieces are magnetic so there's no need to worry about the pieces getting lost down the side of the car/train/plane seat

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  • Are We Nearly There Yet? Audio Collection of 10 CDs, £8

    Age: 3+

    A collection of 10 different stories read by TV personalities, such as Justin Fletcher, David Tennant and Stephen Mangan, which should keep children entertained for hours on a long car journey.  The stories in the collection include: Meerkat MailThe Rhyming RabbitSugarlump and the UnicornWriggle and Roar!Wendel and the RobotsJack and the Flumflum TreeThe Giant of JumThe Emperor of Absurdia;Monkey PuzzleHamilton's Hats

    Available online at the Book People

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  • Bigjigs Toys Puppets, £10.99

    Age: 3-5

    These brightly coloured finger puppets are a good way to distract younger children on lengthy travel trips and are sized for smaller fingers.  Bigjigs do a range of different sets of six characters, including Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks, Farm, Safari and Pets. 

    Available at Bigjigs

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