Free Travel Printables & Our Most Popular Travel Toys (by Age) - The Montessori Room
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by Laura Berthiaume December 01, 2022 9 min read

Below you'll find our most popular travel toys to make travelling a little easier with little ones this holiday season.  

We categorized them by recommended age to save you some time.

If you're looking for activities rather than toys, download our favourite travel printables

Travel printables are great because they take up almost no room. You can print a handful so they're ready whenever you need them or laminate them to make them reusable.  

Road trip Scavenger Hunt
Road Trip Scavenger Hunt Canada

Airport Scavenger Hunt  


Letter Scavenger Hunt - If you have a young toddler, they can call out when they recognize a letter on license plates, road signs, signs at airport, etc. If you have an an older toddler/preschooler (around 3+), they can use a dot marker to mark the letter once they've seen it and make it a game like bingo, where the first to get a line "wins." 

If your child is currently learning the phonetic sounds of letters, i.e. Gg makes a "guh" sound, you can also work together to look for objects that start with that letter. 


Road Sign Scavenger Hunt


Colour Hunt - play 'i spy' and look for all the different colours while on the road, at the airport, at a rest stop, waiting in lines, etc. 

Dot Printables - these are great for restaurants.  Toss a couple in a bag with some dot markers.

Car Dot Printable

 

Infant Travel Toys

Wimmer-Ferguson Infant Stim Mobile to Go

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This visually-stimulating mobile is designed to hold a baby’s attention while on the go.  Includes a clip that can be attached to strollers, carriers and car seats. 


Oball

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The Oball is flexible, colourful, light and so easy to hold.  It’s safe to be explored with all of the senses and makes a great travel toy for even the youngest of infants.  Add ascarf or two (weave them through the holes) and you’ve got a great fine motor activity too!   


Rubber Ball with Protrusions

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Also known as a “teether ball”, this is the perfect travel toy for a teething infant.  Infants learn about the world through their senses and the colour, shape, sound and smell of this ball gently stimulates all of them. 


Wimmer-Ferguson Nursery Novel orFlutter by Birdie Soft Activity Book

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These books are compact in size and lightweight, making them easy to travel with.  Each book has different features to keep an infant focused and occupied while also engaging the senses and developing fine motor skills.  


Skwish orWinkel

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These award-winning toys are designed to stimulate the senses and develop the hand and can also be used as teethers.  Made with pliable materials these toys can easily be stuffed into a bag.    


Wooden Activity Board

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This small activity board includes bright colours, soft sounds and different features for babies to explore and stimulate their senses.  It’s easily portable and includes velcro on either side to fasten to surfaces. Recommended for age 3 months +   


Sensory Magic Tissue Box

Sensory Magic Tissue Box 

The Sensory Magic Tissue Box is easily portable - it’s soft so you can just stuff it into a bag.  This toy will hold an infant’s attention as they explore the various textures of the scarves and pull the “tissues” from the box.  Recommended for age 5 months +  


Fine Motor Essential Set

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This beautiful wooden Fine Motor Set comes in a small canvas bag and has 3 different components for an infant to explore.  The infant can explore the various geometric solids and practice removing and replacing them from their respective cups which develops fine motor skills and concentration.  Recommended once the infant is sitting well without support.


InnyBin

InnyBin

This 5” x 5” cube is a unique and engaging shape-exploration experience.  The sides of the cubes are made up of elastics that pique the child’s interest and enrich their exploration.  The shapes can all be contained within the cube (and won’t fall out!) making this a great travel toy.  Recommended for age 10 months +    


Dimpl

Dimpl

The Dimpl is easily portable, washable and engaging for all ages.  This simple toy is designed to hold a young child’s attention - includes five vibrant silicone bubbles in varying sizes and colours to pop and explore.  Recommended for age 10 months +.


12 Months+ Travel Toys

Geometric Shapes Puzzle

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This beautiful Canadian-made 4-piece puzzle is easy to take with you on your travels.  Puzzles are excellent “quiet” activities that develop patience and problem-solving skills.   


Wooden Car with Peg Person

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This beautiful Canadian-made Wooden Car with Peg Person is a great travel toy for your little car lover.  It’s small enough to fit in any bag!  The natural finish sparks creativity and nurtures imagination bringing joy to long days of travel.  These Plan Toys Dino Cars are great too.  

TouchThinkLearn Books

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These sturdy board books are great for travel because they’re designed to be explored rather than read.   Each page is a hands-on multisensory experience that invites the child to trace and explore the images.   

Plus-Plus BIG Travel Case or Plus-Plus Tubes (BIG) - 15 pcs

Plus-Plus BIG Travel Case - 15 pcsPlus-Plus Tubes (BIG)

These Plus-Plus (BIG) sets have 15 pieces and come in a reusable travel-friendly container making it easy to take with you on every adventure – car rides, restaurants, airports, etc.  These toys are great for children who like to build and work with their hands. Recommended for ages 12 months +

Palm Grasp Crayons

Crayola Washable Palm-Grasp Crayons

If your little one likes to scribble, Crayola’s Palm Grasp Crayons are great for traveling.  These washable crayons are thick (the equivalent of 14 regular crayons in one!) and won’t break throughout your travels.  Recommended for ages 12 months +

Baby Stella Dolls

Baby Stella Dolls (multiple styles)

Bring Baby Stella on your travels to provide comfort to your child when away from home.  Not only are Baby Stella dolls soft but they also have removable accessories that keep a toddler occupied as they play with and care for the doll.  Recommended for ages 12 months +.  Check out the Baby Stella Learn to Dress Doll here.

Lidzy

Lidzy

Lidzy has so much for a child to explore and is small enough to sit on their laps!  This simple machine includes various shapes, textures and lids to open and close. The best part is that under each lid is a different sensory surprise to discover.  Recommended for ages 18 months +

Blockaroos

Blockaroo Magnetic Foam Builders - 10 pcs

These magnetic foam builders are incredibly lightweight making them easy to bring with you on the go. Designed by teachers, these blocks are packed with essential STEM skills.  Recommended for ages 18 months to 6 years this is a toy that will be enjoyed for years!  


2 Years+ Travel Toys

Sensory Tubes

These Sensory Tubes are made of thick plastic and are easily portable.  You can prep them ahead of time and fill them with objects that will be of interest to your child.  Not sure what to fill them with?  Here's a blog post with ideas:  What Are Sensory Bottles and How Do You Make Them?  Recommended for ages 2 years +


Match Up Games: Mama and Baby or Ocean

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These games are so easy to toss into a bag and bring with you on your travels.  They come in a compact box and you can adapt the game for any setting.  In small spaces, play with only a few cards and in a larger space use it as a floor puzzle.  Recommended for ages 2 years +  


Tripod Grip Markers

Crayola Washable Tripod Grip Markers

Crayola’s Tripod Grip Markers are great for young artists who want to bring some art supplies on an outing or holiday.  Includes 8 vibrant and washable markers.  Recommended for ages 2 years + 


Sense & Grow Textured Bean Bag Surprise

Sense & Grow Textured Bean Bag Surprise

This activity makes a great travel toy because everything is contained in a small burlap sack.  It’s like a sensory bin in a bag and includes 9 textured bean bags for young children to explore with their hands.  Sensory exploration has been known to have soothing and calming effects, which may also help with long days of travel.  Recommended for ages 2 years +


3 Years+ Travel Toys

Squigz 

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Take a handful of Squigz on your next outing.  They’re small, flexible and easily portable.  The coolest part is they will stick to almost any smooth, flat surface so you can stick them to the restaurant tabletop, car window, etc.  Recommended for ages 3 years+.

Go Fish

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Take this classic card game with you on your travels.  The cards come in a small box, making it easy to just toss into a bag.  This is a fun and simple game that will help to pass the time the next time you’re dealing with a flight delay.  Recommended for ages 3 years +

Light-Up Activity Board

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Crayola’s Light-Up Activity Board makes a great travel toy because there are many different ways to play with it and it’s not very big.  Learn about colours, shapes and build pictures while exploring the light-up display.  Just keep it in the box during your travels.  Recommended for ages 3 years +


Art Materials: Itsy Bitsy Stickers, Chunkies, Dot Markers and Carry Along Sketchbooks


If your little one wants to create art on the go, check out our collection of art materials.  The Carry Along Sketchbook is perfect for travel - it has a handle making it easy to carry.  And all of our crayons, dot markers, etc. are non-toxic and washable.  

Magna-Tiles®

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What makes Magna-Tiles® a great travel toy is that when they’re not being played with, they all stick together and don’t take up a lot of room.  We wouldn’t recommend packing an entire set of 100 in your luggage but the 25-piece sets aren’t too heavy.  These magnetic tiles create hours of fun for your little builder.  Recommended for ages 3 years. 

For the car, you can also bring a baking sheet so your child can work on a surface they stick to. 

Magneti’books


The Magneti'book is perfect for travel; it’s compact and self-contained making it so easy to bring anywhere!  Just open it up and find all the magnetic pieces you need to learn, explore and create.  There are 6 different themes to choose from.  Recommended for ages 3 years +

Toobs®

 

Toobs make a great on-the-go toy because they’re small and come in a reusable travel-friendly container.  They’re also an open-ended toy with the potential for hours of imaginative play.  Bonus:  Each Toob comes with a free printable of 3-Part Nomenclature Cards for matching games.  Recommended for ages 3 years +    

Dominoes

Ladybug Dominoes by Goki - The Montessori Room

Dominoes is a fun game to bring with you on your travels because you can play alone or with others.  Compact in size, these dominoes come in a sturdy box for easy storage and transport.  Recommended for ages 3 years +

Colour Paddles

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There are 18 paddles in six different colours included in this set.  They're small, easy to clean and make for hours of fun and exploration while on the road.  Recommended for age 3 years +

4 Years+ Travel Toys

Tangram by Moulin Roty

Tangram By Moulin Roty - The Montessori Room

This magnetic tangram game is the perfect travel toy.  It's light, compact and easy to bring into restaurants, in the car, or on the plane.  Tangrams have so many educational benefits and they’re fun too!  Recommended for ages 4 years +


Paint & Create Easel Case

Crayola Paint & Create Easel Case

Crayola’s Paint & Create Easel Case has everything a budding artist needs to create art on the go.  The portable case is durable with 2 strong latches to keep all the supplies intact and well organized while out and about.  Recommended for ages 4 years +

Animal Lacing Game

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Janod's Animal Lacing Game comes with 6 different cards to lace.  This is a light and quiet activity, making it one of the best travel activities.  Recommended for ages 4 years +


5 Years + Travel Toys

Plus-Plus Travel Case

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The Plus-Plus Travel Case is a perfect toy for traveling.  The set includes 100 Plus-Plus pieces and 1 baseplate with endless possibilities for creativity.  The best part is that it comes with durable travel case making it easy to take with you on every adventure – car rides, restaurants, airports, etc.  Recommended for ages 5 years +


Click Beads

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Click Beads are a fun and easy travel toy that come in a reusable container.  Includes 100 beads that click into each other to create endless possibilities of patterns and jewelry.  A great toy for children who like to keep their hands busy.  Recommended for ages 5 years + 


6 Years+ Travel Toys

Connectors - Road Rush

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This is a fun and simple game to bring on the road.  It can be played 2 different ways and needs 2-4 players.  The best part?  The 96 tiles come in a travel friendly box, making it easy to toss in a bag.  Recommended for ages 6 +

Bonus

Outdoor/Indoor Play & Store Bag or Play and Go Outdoor Storage Bag

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These portable play mats are great for traveling, especially for trips to the beach.  Open up the bag and use it as a waterproof mat for sitting or playing.  When it’s time to go, pull on the rope and everything on the mat is gathered neatly into an easy-to-carry bag.      


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