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8 Amazon Travel Toys for Toddlers and Preschoolers

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I can sum up why March is one of my favorite months in two words: spring break. With a husband currently taking university courses and a preschooler on our hands, I’m thrilled when they both get a well-deserved break from schoolwork. This year, we’re driving 10 hours from Oklahoma to Colorado—so of course, I’ve already started thinking about what road trip toys I’ll pack to entertain my 4-year-old. 

We’re packing some tried-and-true toys we already own, including an audio player for kids and a toy camera, but I’m also purchasing a couple of new items, like this bubble pop fidget game. Below, you’ll find a list of every travel toy my son will play with on our road trip, and they’re up to 35% off right now.

Paw Patrol Imagine Ink Mess Free Coloring Book

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We love this $10 Imagine Ink Mess Free Adventure Book because it’s truly mess-free. Children ages 3 and up use the included magical marker to color up to 20 sheets. Once the marker hits the paper, it reveals colors as if kids used actual markers, but if they scribble on under surfaces, nothing shows up. An integrated handle means my 4-year-old can carry this inside a restaurant when we stop for lunch along the way.

Amazon Fire 7 Kids Tablet

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The Amazon Kids Fire 7 Tablet has come in handy more times than I can count. In addition to being named Parents editors’ favorite budget-friendly tablet, it has really helped break up the time on our long family car rides. Kids can play games or watch videos for up to 10 hours thanks to the long battery life. Plus, it comes with a six-month or one-year subscription to Amazon Kids+, providing kids access to ad-free books, apps, games, and more; we now subscribe because our son enjoys it so much.

The hard case with a built-in stand is my favorite detail about the Amazon Fire 7 Kids Tablet. Our tablet has seen several drops to the floor, but the tablet (and the case) are still in great condition. Another detail I appreciate is the “Parent Dashboard,” which gives caregivers control over their child’s media use.

Hoomoon Kids Camera

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This adorable kids’ camera was another gift my 4-year-old received for his birthday, and he loves using it to take pictures of anything he sees. In addition to taking photos—with or without silly filters—the camera plays music and has games. The photo quality isn’t excellent, but it’s much better than I expected for a kids’ toy camera. It includes a 32GB SD card, so any photos your child takes are saved and can be printed out later.

I appreciate that this camera is rechargeable, so if it loses juice along the way, I can charge it in the car. Choose from a fun dinosaur theme or a bright unicorn.

Orsen 8.5-Inch LCD Doodle Board Tablet Toy

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If you prefer screen-free toys, a doodle board is a great option to keep kids busy and provide them with creative opportunities. Our son received this doodle board for his 4th birthday, and it now lives in our car. Kids use the included writing utensil to draw their favorite creations or scribble to their heart’s content.

The dinosaur’s eye doubles as the erase button so kids can start a new creation, while a lock key at the top prevents accidental erasing or additional doodling should a kiddo want to save their progress.

Yoto Player

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The Yoto Player is like the fourth member of my family (I wish I were exaggerating, but it’s true). I received a Yoto Player as a free sample from the brand, and my son doesn’t go anywhere without it now. He just slides an audiobook card into the audio player to hear a story and watch fun pictures on the large pixel display. Two knobs give him control over volume and the ability to skip stories, songs, or anything else an audiobook card plays. There’s also a headphone jack, so my husband and I can listen to our music, and our son still gets to hear what he wants.

To make the Yoto Player more travel-friendly—and keep it safe from tumbles—check out the silicone adventure jacket, which is sold separately. Yoto offers hundreds of audiobook cards, like Disney classics, Marvel favorites, bedtime meditations, music, and more for kids and adults.

Careenoah Light Up Bubble Pop Fidget Game

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Another surprise our son will receive before we hit the road is this bubble pop fidget game. The goal is simple: Quickly press the LED light-up buttons before pressing the back button for the next round. There are four games, including one with a multiplayer mode, so I can play, too. The best part? It’s currently 35% off right now at Amazon.

Construction Site: Taking Flight!

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“Construction Site: Taking Flight!” is part of the popular “Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site” series. We own the latter, so this book will be a welcome surprise the day we leave for Colorado. Even though our family is driving to our destination, our son loves to point out airplanes he sees while riding in his car seat (we even make a game out of it sometimes). “Construction Site: Taking Flight!” follows the series’ hard-working construction trucks as they build new roads and runways at the airport.

I’ve had the book in my Amazon cart for a while, but it’s currently 33% off right now for the hardback edition—a deal I don’t want to miss.

Haba Town Maze Magnetic Puzzle

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This magnetic puzzle has been a car staple in our family for two years. Kids can play with it freely or make a game out of it by moving the colored balls with the wand to their matching garages. As parents, my husband and I love the built-in storage for the wand, so our preschooler never loses it, and the puzzle’s slim design doesn’t take up much space in our vehicle, either.

The Haba Town Maze Magnetic Puzzle is for kids ages 2 to 5 and has kept our 4-year-old busy plenty of times on the road. 

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