3. Sketchbook - with crayons for mess-free, open-ended art exploration. For older children, you can work together to draw new things you see on the trip.
4. Stickers - Stickers are so great for tons of activities, like:
Add to dot printables (find a bunch of free dot printables in the Montessori Printables section of our site)
Stick them to the outline of letters, numbers, or shapes to practice recognition
Use them for counting (draw a number and have the child add the correct number of stickers to that box
Cut up the sticker sheets and add them to plastic Easter Eggs for year round egg hunts
Use them to decorate and personalize art projects, like rain sticks.
5. Lacing cards (or the mouse and cheese for smaller children) - these are so light, thin, and quiet, they're one of the best travel activities. For older children, you could bring large buttons for your child to "sew" onto the cards.
6. Magnet Toys - Magnetic board toys are so great for travel because you don't have to worry about the pieces falling all over the place.
7. TOOBs - these small, portable toys are great for children going through the sensitive period for small objects (up to ~4 years old) who love to fiddle and play with little items. They all come with matching nomenclature cards so you can play matching or memory games with these sets too.
8. Plus Plus- these are perfect travel toy. They're light and so portable with unlimited options for play. I always have a small bag in my backpack for on the go.
10. Sensory Tubes - You can prep these ahead of time, using them to make calming sensory bottles or fill them with interesting small objects, like items in nature, or fill them with coloured rice and small objects that they have to rotate the bottle around to find.
11. Walter Wooden Activity Board for Infant- this activity board is the perfect size for travel, with many different sounds, colours and moving pieces to explore. The velcro straps on the side also allow you to attach it to different structures.
12. Magnetiles - these don’t up take up much room if you add them to a large ziplock. There's tons of imaginative play options and the fact they're magnetic means they're less likely to spill all over.
13. Dentist or Doctor’s Kit - both come in travel cases that can be thrown in a backpack. There's a bunch of small items that are great for imaginative play.
14. Wooden Peg People - when you're really tight on space, it's great to add bring open-ended toys that can be used for lots of different imaginary play. Peg people are perfect for that. Plus, they're small and each set comes in a canvas bag for storage.