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Travel Toys for 6-8 Year Olds

Travel Toys for 6-8 Year Olds

Last week I wrote a blog with ten travel activities to bring for your preschool child on holidays. I promised I’d follow up with some activities/toys/games to bring if you were traveling with children aged 6-8, so here it is! My youngest is 7 years old and earlier this year, we traveled as a family to Asia. Out of these ten items, we brought 8 and they all were us plenty.

I already mentioned in my last blog that I have some rules for travel activities. They must:

  •  be small and light and easy to transport
  • be inexpensive
  • be toys or activities that can be done multiple times
  • be quiet/sit down activities that won’t disturb other holidaymakers.

So, if you have a holiday planned, whether within Ireland or abroad, with children aged six, seven or eight, I’m happy to recommend these activities to keep them busy in restaurants, on rainy days or during long journeys.

1. Colour your own Postcards 

Colour your own Postcards, Travel Activity

Encourage your child to write home with these colour your own postcards. They’ll also keep your child busy on the plane or in a restaurant, as they colour them in. I stock a green pack and a pink pack. Each pack has 10 cards.

2. The Secret Decoder Game Book

Melissa and Doug On the Go Secret Decoder Game Book

Although this activity can’t be done over and over, there are enough pages in it to keep your child busy on and off throughout your holiday. Use the rotary wheel at the front of this book to match the symbols with letters, then write them underneath the codes to figure out what is being said or requested on each page. Then use the invisible ink pen to colour over pictures and reveal other clues.

3. Rainbow Scratch Art

Melissa and Doug Rainbow Scratch Art

If your child is creative, they will love making designs or pictures by scratching the black card with the stylus and revealing an array of colours underneath. The rainbow set comes with a page of stencils, should your child choose to use them. I also stock party packs of scratch art bookmarks and keyrings, so if you are traveling with lots of kids, these kits can be shared out easily.

4. Are we there yet? Travel Cards

Are we there yet travel game for car journeys

This is a game devised for traveling in a car with children where they have to spot lots of different items as you journey. More suitable for traveling in developed countries as some of the items would be hard to find in parts of Africa or Asia.

5. Travel Mosaics

Galt Toys - Travel Mosaics

In my last blog, I featured some sticker mosaic activities for young children. These ones here are suitable for older kids as the stickers aren’t raised and they need to be placed close to each other to complete the picture. This Mosaic Pad has 8 board pictures to complete and hundreds of stickers.


Along with these, I always pack a book for each of my children, a magazine and some markers. We leave the screens at home and we don’t miss them!

I hope this blog has given you some inspiration. Next week, I plan on writing a blog on travel activities for 9-12-year-olds, so if you have children that age, pop back in about a week’s time! Also, if your child likes games more than toys, you might like this Travel Games blog. Or, if you need to buy gifts for 8 year olds in the near future, you might like my gift ideas blog for 8 year olds here.

Thanks for taking the time to read this and I hope you all have a wonderful summer, whether you stay at home or leave the country.

xx Suzie

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