Trips to Grandma and Grandpa's house consists of a 3 hour drive which means we need to find ways to entertain our little ones for long periods of time in a confined space. If you've been there, you know it is not easy! We have found the most success with these toys for my little toddlers.
LeapFrog 100 Words Book - I love this for the car because the kids can do this on their own by flipping through the pages and pressing the pages to hear new words.
LeapFrog Phone - My son got this for his first birthday and now two years later him and his sister fight over it all the time. I'm not sure why it is such a hit but they both love playing with this. My 18 month old with stay quiet in the car for such long periods of time just pressing the buttons on this phone.
Crayola Mess-free Doodle Pad - There is something mesmerizing about this board. It has optional music to play as you trace your finger and create designs on the board. You can change the color as well. It reminds me of writing in sand.
VTech Remote - I love to use these noisy little toys for car rides. I'm not a huge fan of these "baby toys" typically but something about keeping them for the car makes it special and worth it.
Mess Free Art Desk & Markers - Markers that I don't have to worry about getting all over the place are always a win in my book. And my kids love these too. I like that this set has a little desk which makes it super easy to use in the car.
Magnetic Drawing Board - The classic magnetic drawing board! this is a fairly large size and offers endless creativity opportunities for kiddos. My little one loves scribbling on this and erasing over and over again.
Water WOW Books - These are such great little coloring books. You fill the pens up with water and then use it as a paintbrush to color the picture and as it gets wet, it reveals color. The best part is they are reusable because as they dry they go back to being black and white and you can color them again with the water pen.
Little People Lift the Flap book - My kids LOVE these books. I honestly started to get annoyed of reading the same ones over and over so I decided to bring like five in the car. I toss one back and they will read and lift the flaps for the longest time. After that I was so proud of the prolonged entertainment, I keep some in the car for car rides and they always enjoy reading them.
LeapFrog Interactive Learning System - I really enjoy this system and there is a lot one can learn from it. I think the best age for it would be around three years old. I got it for my son when he was around 2.5 but it was a little tough for him to understand how to use the pen correctly. Now as we inch closer to three years old, he does a good job with the pen and waiting to respond to the instructions. I sit alongside him to do it together but around three years old would be great to have them do in the car independently!