Travel Activities for 3 and 4 Year Olds

Travel Activities for children 3 and 4 year olds
It’s hard to believe that school holidays are nearly here and whether you plan to leave Ireland this summer or plan on staying in Ireland, it’s nice to stock up on a few new toys to keep your children occupied. With this in  mind, I thought I’d write a short blog with 10 travel activities for 3 and 4 year olds. Most of these toys/activities are under €10 and can be used on planes/ trains/ buses/ cars and in coffee shops/restaurants. Some are perfect for keeping your child busy if you happen to have a rainy day on holidays and all of them are small and light for travelling with.

So, here goes….

  1. Window Stickers 

Window Stickers are reusible stickers that your child can play with on your car window while you are driving. They are great for imagination and creativity. I stock a Farm themed box. Alternatively, if you want to use these on a plane, why not purchase a magnetic white board to use them on. These come with a white board marker so your child can draw scenes around the stickers, then wipe clean and put the stickers away for the next trip.

Farm themed window stickers from SES Creative


2. Magic Pictures

These are little notebooks that look like they are full of blank pages but when you use a coin and rub over the page, an image appears, which your child can later colour in, if they wish to.  I stock two types of these  – Farmyard and Animals. These little note pads are perfect size to fit into the glove box of your car or into your handbag to produce when you want a peaceful cup of tea in a coffee shop!

Galt - Magic Picture Pad - Farm

3. Lacing Beads in a Bag

These little bags contain all you need to make a necklace or a couple of bracelets with the wooden beads and string. They are perfect for developing fine motor skills and will keep your child busy while they sting them together.

Wooden Lacing Beads in a Bag

4. Sticker Books

Colours Shapes and Sizes Sticker Book by Galt for pre school aged children

i am often amazed at what you  can get some children to do with a sticker. Sticker books like this Colour, Shapes and Sizes book teach your child while they move stickers from the sticker page to the correct spots on the pages.

5. Telescopic Fishing Net

Telescopic Extendable fishing net

If you know you will be holidaying near rock pools or shallow water, it’s worth packing one of these fishing news and it will save you having to search the shops when all you want to be is outdoors with your kids!

6. A Bucket and Spade

Scrunch Bucket - Sage Green

I stock an amazing brand of buckets and spades that will last for lots of holidays. The buckets are made from silicone so they are extra light, durable and can be folded and stored in small spaces. The brand is called Scrunch. I stock them in lots of colours.

7. Puffy Stickers

Melissa and Doug Reusable Pirate Puffy Stickers

These puffy sticker sets are brilliant for long journeys as your child can master peeling them and sticking them without constantly needing your help. The stickers are raised so they are easy for little hands to manage. They come with a backdrop that opens up and has a carry handle. The stickers can be reused on the backdrop over and over. I stock a Pirate one, a Princess one and a Farm one.

8. Jumbo Crayons

Jumbo Crayons are perfect for little hands to grasp and all you need is some blank paper or a colour book and your child will be kept busy on a rainy afternoon in a caravan or hotel.

Maped 12 Jumbo Chunky Crayons for small children

9. Lacing Pictures

Galt First Lacing Pictures

These First Lacing Pictures from Galt Toys are brilliant for keeping kids busy. They choose one of the board animals and one coloured lace and they thread the lace through the pre punched holes in the animals. The box is big for travelling with but if you are stuck for space, pop them in a zip lock bag and they’ll only take a small amount of space.

10. A Bug Viewer

If your child isn’t keen on walks and you are, then bring something that will make the walk interesting for them. These bug viewers are lovely toys. They have a magnifying glass build into the lid so once your child has successfully caught their bug, they can view it up close with this bug viewer. It’s also great for looking at flowers, leaves and other nature items with.

World's Best Bug Viewer Nature Toys

So, there you have it – my top ten travel activities for children aged 3 and 4 years. Of course, every pre-school child is different and this list may not suit your child. If this is the case, take a look at my full range of toys for child aged 3 and 4 here, as I’m confident that I have toys to suit every child.

Thanks for taking the time to read this blog and if you have older children, keep an eye on my blog page as I plan on selecting 10 toys to bring if you are traveling with 5 and 6 year olds, 7 an 8 year olds and 9 and 10 year olds soon.

xx Suzie

PS. If you found this blog helpful, you might also like my blog posts on 7 Quiet Activities for 3-Year-Olds,  or 5 Things to Keep Children Happy on a Long Flight.




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