best travel games and toys for kids

best travel games and toys for kids

You’ll never fear a road trip (or the dreaded delayed flight) again if you take some of these fun, educational travel games along for the ride. Easy to carry, compact, and durable, each one not only provides entertainment but also stimulates brain cells, too.


Top Trumps

Top Trumps is a simple card game that comes in a convenient, compact case (you can even carry it in your pocket). Players compare facts and stats to trump their opponent and win a card. The player with all of the cards at the end is the winner. Top Trumps is available for hundreds of subjects, so kids can pick their passion and test their skills.

Speak and Spell

Speak and Spell is back and better than ever, thanks to the creative folks at Basic Fun!. This educational learning tool helps kids correctly spell more than 200 commonly misspelled words using a speech synthesizer. Five different play modes range from word games to challenges, all with the authentic graphics and sound that you remember from the 1980s. The built-in handle makes it travel-friendly, too.

Best Travel games and toys for kids


GOtrio is an on-the-go version of the award-winning Otrio by Spin Master’s Marbles Brain Workshop. Similar to tic-tac-toe, GOtrio is much more fun and challenging since players use critical thinking and concentration to plan strategic moves. The convenient travel case features a pop-up lid that keeps pieces safely stored inside.

Rubik’s Games

Super Impulse‘s variations on the original Rubik’s Cube are worth packing in any travel bag! Rubik’s Revolution (coming soon) offers six electronic games in one cube with lights, sound effects, and different levels. Kids who want to play with a friend or sibling can pass Rubik’s Revolution back and forth for group gameplay! Rubik’s Revolution promotes hand-eye coordination, color recognition, and concentration. In the interim, kids can try Rubik’s Cage from University Games for on-the-go fun!

IQ Twist

You can’t go wrong with any of the travel games from SmartGames. They’re even fun for adults, with at least 120 challenges to try. IQTwist comes in a portable carry case that can fit easily in a handbag or backpack. The puzzle combinations help build concentration skills, problem-solving abilities, spatial insight, logic, and planning. SmartGames designed IQ Twist to be a single-player game, but it’s fun to share with family members who can help solve challenging puzzles, too.

Perplexus MiniPlex

Can kids move the marble through the maze? That’s the concept behind Perplexus by Spinmaster. Tilt, spin, flip — it’s not as easy as it looks! The new handheld Perplexus Sidewinder (coming soon) and Perplexus MiniPlex are perfect travel companions and help to promote logical thinking, concentration, and problem-solving.

Pass the Pigs

Take these pigs on the road! Pass the Pigs from Winning Moves comes in a small plastic carrying case with everything kids need. Each set includes a plastic “pigsty” dice cup with a lid, two adorable pig dice, a mini pencil, a pigs scoring guide with a score pad, and illustrated instructions. Pass the Pigs is for two to four players, and the first player to reach 100 points or more wins. Pass the Pigs is often a favorite for classroom teachers since it’s a great way for kids to brush up on math skills by adding piggy points.

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Bananagrams comes in a handy carrying case that looks like a banana — just what we all want to take on a road trip. This award-winning literacy game is a fun way for kids to practice spelling and reading. The whole family can race against each other and friends to build challenging crossword grids and more.

So, pack those bags and hit the road, but save room in your suitcase for a few of these fun educational travel games. And be sure to check out fun road trip video games, top travel games, and these fun travel toys from the Toy Insider’s panel of play experts.

About the author

Debbie Zelasny

Debbie Zelasny

Debbie Zelasny was an elementary school teacher for more than a decade before taking the plunge into the world of motherhood and blogging. She now owns and operates The Jersey Momma, an entertaining website for families and fun-seekers of all ages. Debbie loves going on adventures with her family, trying out new toys, giving travel advice, and sharing a myriad of cool stuff on her blog. She's not afraid to let her inner child shine through and she doesn't think you should be, either. Debbie's writing has been featured in The Mailbox Magazine, Yahoo! Voices, Pink Cake Box, and Thrive Global. She also really, really loves her dog.