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Travel Activities for 3 and 4 Year Olds

Travel Activities for 3 and 4 Year Olds

It’s hard to believe that school holidays are nearly here and although most of us won’t leave Ireland this summer,  I’m sure a lot plan on going away in a caravan/tent, to a summer house, an Airbnb, a hotel or to stay at home but do day trips. 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 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 re-usible stickers that your child can play with on your car window while you are driving. They are great for imagination and creativity. I stock two type – a larger Jungle themed box that comes with 4 Window Markers and a smaller Farm themed box.

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 (the animals one is currently out of stock but I should have it back in by the middle of next week). 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 your 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. Projector Torches

If you are staying someone new that your child is unfamiliar with, it’s reassuring for your child to have a torch or light near their bed that they can work.  These projector torches are normal flashlights but they have interchanging lenses which project images. So, your child can use the regular torch if they wake at night but can have fun projecting images if they stay up after dark or in a darkened room. I currently have the Space and Fantasy ones in stock. If you do decide to bring new toys that are battery operated, like these ones, don’t forget to pack some batteries.

Space Projector Torch

Fantasy Projector Torch

5. Paper Weaving Activities

Again, these are great if you are waiting for food to be served and your kid is bouncing off the restaurant walls. It’s a fine motor skill where you have to weave the paper in and out of the bunny’s body and decorate with stickers. There are 6 bunnies to make in this pack.

Djeco Paper Weaving Bunnies Craft Activity for preschool aged children

6. Water Wow! Pads

These activity books are designed with this age in mind and from personal experience, they are brilliant. The cover of these pads comes with a build in compartment that holds the water brush. This holds about a tablespoon on water securely (so it’s not messy) and when your child uses this brush over the pages in the pad, it changes it from a black and white picture to the coloured one with items to discover on each page.  Within minutes the page has dried and the picture has returned to black and white – ready for your child to use again. I stock lots of different themed ones of these and recently I’ve added a Space themed one and a Dinosaur themed one.

Melissa and Doug On the Go Water Wow! Animals

7.  Learning Numbers Wipe Clean Book

Now that you are on holidays, you have more time to spend with your child than you probably do on a regular week, so why not spend some time doing some educational stuff? At this age, your child probably won’t see this as a drudge and will enjoy sitting down and learning new stuff. This Wipe Clean Numbers Book will help your child learn to recognise numbers, count and hold a pen correctly.

A4 Wipe Clean Learning Numbers Book with Pen

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. Mosaic Stickers

These First Mosaic Stickers from Galt Toys is a lovely box that has 6 pictures to complete using the 400 raised foam stickers. These are easy for small children to peel off and stick on and are also great for developing their fine motor skills and teaching them colour recognition.

Galt First Mosaic Stickers Activity for young children

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



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