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Travel Activities for 9 and 10 year olds

Travel Activities for 9 and 10 year olds

We are nearly half way through our summer now, so this is my last blog on travel activities. If you missed my last ones and they interest you, you can find them here:

Travel Activities for 3 and 4 Year Olds

Travel Activities for 5 and 6 Year Olds

Travel Activities for 7 and 8 Year Olds

Today I’m focusing on travel activities for 9 and 10 year olds. Like the other blogs, these activities aren’t necessarily for doing while in a car/on a plane (and most of them aren’t suitable for this) but rather toys to keep your child busy on a rainy day or when they are hungry and waiting for food to be served. They are toys and games which you will hopefully enjoy doing with them or which might encourage other children to join in with. So, here they are !

1. A pack of playing cards

There are so many games you can play with one pack of playing cards. If your child is alone, they can play solitaire or if there are others willing to play, there are countless games. Our family favourites are Spit and Spoons.

playing Cards pack of cards

2. Catch the Ball Game

This is a challenge where you have to throw the wooden ball into the air and catch it in the cup. It’s hard but addictive. The ball can’t go far (as it’s attached to the cup with a string) and as soon as you start trying, everyone else will want a go. It’s the kind of game where once you have mastered it, you can see if you can do several in a row and have a family tournament!

Wooden Catch the Ball, cup and ball game

3. An LED torch keyring

Now that your kids are getting older, they are up later and maybe need to take late night trips to the toilet block (if you are camping) or just hang out with their friends later. These little LED torches are easy to keep in a purse or attach to a bag and they are lovely and bright.

LED torch keyring

4. Mini Logix – Sudoku

These packs are really handy for travelling with and each pack has 30 sudoku puzzles suitable for this age group and one pencil. If Sudoku isn’t your thing, why not choose the observation  ‘Where am I?’ or ‘Spot the Difference’ ones instead?

Mini Logix Sudoku by Djeco

5. Juggling Balls

There’s no better time than holidays to learn a new skill, as you have time to practice and juggling is a skill that will always impress!

Net of 3 Juggling Balls

6. A French Skipping Rope

Also known as ‘elastics’, ‘Cats Cradle’ or ‘Chinese Rope’ this is an activity where you wrap the long elastic rope around the ankles of two people and then the third person jumps over it in an arranged sequence. Once achieved, the rope gets raised until the sequence is no longer possible and the next player tries it. They are super light and small for travelling with and great if you are staying in a caravan park or somewhere where there are other kids as it will encourage them to play together.

French skipping rope, cats cradle, elastics

7. Retro Metal Puzzles

This box contains 8 different metal puzzles to work out and then later impress people with. Perfect for figuring out while your child waits for you to finish off a meal!

retro metal puzzles

8. Origami Sea Creatures

Learn how to make cool sea creatures by folding paper in a specific way and if sea creatures aren’t your thing, I also stock origami dinosaurs, airplanes, animals and small boxes.

Sea Creature Origami

9. Boggle

This is such a fun family game to play at night or on a rainy afternoon.


10. Make your own Brazilian style, friendship bracelets

This activity will keep your children busy for hours. There’s five styles of bracelets to learn to make and enough thread for seven bracelets. What’s great about this holiday activity is that you have gifts to bring home to friends once you have made them!

Janod Friendship bracelets

I hope that helps you as you prepare going on holidays with your nine and ten year old children. If none of these suit your child or children, you can find my full range of toys for this age group here:

Toys for nine to twelve year olds

Happy holliers!

xx Suzie

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