Best kids’ travel toys 2022: From Symths to The Entertainer

When travel and children collide, it can often send even the most laid back parents into a spin. And much like any daunting task – particularly where children are involved – preparation is key.

While games of eye-spy and singalong songs can go a long way, the perfect antidote to the inevitable cries of “Are we there yet?” is having a reliable travel toy up your sleeve.

Whether you’re traveling by train, plane or automobile, the best travel toys are compact and easily packed away without faffing to find missing pieces. You want options that are quiet, not to bother other travelers or you – irritating sounds can soon drive you barmy even if your own child is responsible – and something they can play with independently or in harmony with a sibling (one can dream, hey) .

While screen time may be the obvious answer, we tried to steer clear of typical technology in the hunt for simpler options, and gave bonus points to those that managed to be educational too.

No matter where or how you’re planning to venture with the kids this summer, these are our favorite travel toys to keep tantrums at bay.

How we tested

Our four- and six-year-old testers tried out an array of travel toys on long car journeys and trips on the train. We also gave them a thorough testing when out and about, including when we were grabbing lunch, during downtime on the beach or enjoying picnics in the park. However, it’s safe to say for the favorite toys, the playing continued at home too.

The best kids’ travel toys for 2022 are:

  • Best overall – Janod dinosaurs magneti’book: £17.99, Jojomamanbebe.co.uk
  • Best value for money – Fiesta crafts airport stickabouts: £7.99, Fiestacrafts.co.uk
  • Best for sensory play – Playfoam Go! squishy sandcastle: £19.50, learningresources.co.uk
  • Best for portability – Spirograph the original travel set: £8.43, Booghe.co.uk
  • Best for holiday role play – Bigjigs toys holiday kit: £25.99, Scandiborn.co.uk
  • Best for sparking imaginations – Meri Meri mini suitcase doll ruby: £21.75, Flossieandbooboutique.co.uk
  • Best for learning a new skill – Galt travel learn to draw set: £13.36, Booghe.co.uk
  • Best for story lovers – Tonies starter set: £79.95, Tonies.com
  • Best for craft lovers – Aquabeads deluxe carry case: £34.99, Thetoyshop.com
  • Best for older kids – Nexcube 3×3 classic: £8, Smythtoys.com
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