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Travel Games for 9-12 Year Olds

Travel Games for 9-12 Year Olds

My last two blogs have been hugely popular, so I’ve decided to follow the theme and do one last blog on travel toys, activities and games. If you missed my blog on ‘Travel Activities for 3-5 Year Olds‘ or ‘Travel Toys for 6-8 Year Olds‘ and you have kids those ages, they are worth a read.

Today’s blog is for older children. I have one who fits into this category and a lot of the time when we are in restaurants or coffee shops, her go to ‘toy’ is my phone (which I hate and resist most of the time). I find it much easier if I have an alternative for her to keep her busy while we wait for food, an airplane or for a shower to pass.

As with the other two blogs, I’ve kept within 4 parameters when it comes to recommending travel games:

  1. They have to be small, light and easy to travel with
  2. They can’t be expensive
  3. You have to be able to use them several times
  4. They can’t be toys or games that will annoy anyone else around when they are being played.


So, here goes – here are my top ten games to bring on holidays for 9-12 year olds.

  1. Who’s in the Bag?

Who's in the Bag? Game

This is a fun game where you have to describe the characters who you pick out of the bag.

2. Make your own Friendship Bracelets

Janod Friendship bracelets

Although the box is quite big the contents are light, so it would be easy to transfer the contents into a smaller bag for travelling with. Your child will spend hours making friendship bracelets, which they can then bring home as gifts for their friends or family.

3. Chess

Travel Size Wooden Chess Game

This is slightly more expensive than I’d like to spend on a holiday toy but the reality is that this quality wooden game is one that won’t just get used on holidays.

4. Matilda Card Game

Matilda Card Game

Card Games are great for evenings in or wet days in a caravan. This one features characters from Roald Dahl’s book Matilda and is aimed for children and adults aged 6+

5. Rory’s Story Cubes

Rory's Story Cubes

This handy tin comes with a set of picture cubes. Throw them and then make  up a story together featuring each of the pictures.

6. Mini Logix – Guess My Name

Guess my Name, Who am I travel game by Djeco Mini Logix

Guess my Name, Who am I travel game by Djeco Mini Logix

Guess my Name, Guess Whotravel game by Djeco Mini Logix

Guess my Name, Guess Whotravel game by Djeco Mini Logix

These Mini Logix Cards need two people to play and there are two different packs – a purple pack with has female characters and a grey pack with male characters. It’s similar to the game Guess Who? By asking yes/no questions and clever elimination, you need to figure out what character your opponent has chosen to be. The pack contains 30 cards and two pencils. Also in this Mini Logix Range are Sudoku Puzzles for kids and Word searches.

7. Playing Cards

playing Cards pack of cards

playing Cards pack of cards

Sometimes it’s the simple things in life that outlive the more elaborate ones and that is certainly true for playing cards. We play Spoons, Spit and Solitaire with our ones when we are on holidays but there are so many fun games to play out there.

8. Origami

Make your own Origami Animals with this kit from SES Creative. Carbon neutral toy

Make your own Origami Animals with this kit from SES Creative. Carbon neutral toy

Learn how to fold paper in a way so that it looks like animals.

9.  Words Game

Words boggle game

Words boggle game

This is a great family game where you are competing to make the best words out of the combination of letters before you.

10. Gift in a Tin – Car Journey Games – Discontinued

If you are planning on doing a lot of driving on your holiday, I can’t recommend this tin of games enough. It has 7 fun games for children and adults aged 8+.

Well, there you have it – my top ten travel games for children aged 9-12 Years. I think you’ll find that if you invest in some of these games, you’ll enjoy them as much as your children and together you’ll make memories out of time that might otherwise be spent moaning!

Have a great holiday wherever you go,

xx Suzie

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