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Summer is truly in full swing (despite the weather not being sure what it’s doing) so I thought it was about time I wrote the next blog in my Travel Activities series. If you missed my last blog ‘Travel Activities for 3 and 4 year olds’, you can read it here.
So, if you’re travelling within Ireland, going abroad or doing some day trips, here’s 10 travel activities that I’m happy to recommend and which I’ve found great at entertaining my kids when we’ve been hanging out in hotels, coffee shops, outdoors and on airplanes.
Sticking stickers according to their size, shape, colour and pattern is something kids love doing and which takes them ages to do. I stock different types of mosaic sticker crafts but the following two packs are suitable for children aged 5 and 6.
When you’re away from home and in a strange room, it’s comforting to know that there’s a light nearby, in case you wake and need to visit the toilet. These wind-up flashlights are brilliant and just cost €4 each! No batteries are needed and they come in handy if you go on a late night walk/adventure on holidays.
Some kids love colouring and it’s great for their concentration and fine motor skills. These cards are more special then a regular colouring book as they have a glitter coating so when you colour over it, the picture appears glittery. The pack comes with 6 cards and 8 colouring pencils (so you don’t need to pack colours separately)
Most of the time, a lot of us find it hard to find the time to sit down and play games with our kids. But holidays are different and if you are looking for a card game suitable for five and six year olds then check out Misticat. It’s a really fun card swapping game where you have to find a match for all your cats but at the same time, you don’t want to be left with the Masked ‘Misticat’ card. Great for family fun, observation skills and learning how to take turns, win and lose!
This pack of Scratch Art from Melissa and Doug Toys is the perfect size for bringing on holidays. It has four sheets of black card but when you scratch the surface of it, a bright rainbow pattern appears underneath. It looks really effective and impressive with words and patterns scratched out. You also get a sheet of stencils to use on it and a wooden stylus for scratching/etching pictures.
This is a simple memory game. Each player gets a card that illustrates ones of the four seasons. The disks are placed face down on a table and then players take it in turn to turn over a disk to see if it matches their season.
If you want to encourage some outdoor time, a magnifying glass will go down a treat. Look at details on insects, plants, rocks and so much more. These little magnifying glasses fold up and come in a lovely pouch.
It’s nice to have some nice colours for holidaying and these markers are magic! Colour like normal but then use the white marker over the coloured picture and the colour changes to a different colour. Brilliant for adding fine detail and patterns to pictures.
If you are holidaying with other children, then this craft set is great for sharing. There’s 4 of each picture (16 pictures in total) which you need to decorate using the 424 stickers. Ideal for whipping out as you wait for food to be served.
These little ‘On the Go’ pads from Melissa and Doug Toys really are perfect for being on the go. The cover has a built in compartment that holds the six felt tip pens. The book has six velvet pictures to colour in. The velvet adds texture to the pictures but it also means that your child can’t go outside the lines and the pictures look really impressive. Something they will feel very proud of.
So, there you have it! 10 travel activities to keep your five and six year olds busy on car journeys, coffee shops, airplanes or wherever your find yourselves, while you relax on your holidays.
Have a great one,