Summer road trips are fun, but they can also be taxing, with countless utterances of “Are we theeeeeere yet?” while stuck in traffic on the highway. But Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht  reminds us that it doesn’t have to be this way. She stopped by Family Circle magazine to talk about her favorite travel toys and games for the summer. For more information on all the products featured in this clip, read the product info below, and be sure to read our complete guide to the Best Travel Toys for the summer.

Folkmanis_SlowLorisFrench Bulldog and Slow Loris Puppets (Folkmanis)

  • French Bulldog: Travel can be challenging for a young child…especially when they have to leave their pet at home. The Folkmanis French Bulldog is a cuddly canine companion that will easily go anywhere with its owner.
  • Slow Loris: Mysterious and exotic, the Slow Loris is an undeniably adorable creature with large, soulful eyes and a shy nature. Animate the mouth, arms and hands to tell the story of these extraordinary animals.
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $29.99-$55.95


take-along-police-station-playmobilTake Along Police Station (Playmobil)

  • This set is perfect for on-the-go police action, complete with a police motorcycle, command center, and a prison cell with a breakout window.
  • The gray side folds down to become the floor of the police station.
  • When kids have finished playing the whole thing folds up into a carrying case, completely with handle.
  • With 69 pieces, kids can engage in tons of creative and imaginative play.
  • This three-in-one play set is a travel toy, a play set, and a storage container
  • Ages: 4-10
  • MSRP: $39.99

schleich-dinosaursAssorted Dinosaurs (Schleich)

  • Schleich figure toys are the perfect way to incorporate education into your child’s toy collection.
  • For over 80 years, these toys have been hand-painted with exquisite detailing that shows quality craftsmanship.
  • Dinosaurs are cool for kids and Schleich dinosaurs are great due to their realistic, hand-painted details.
  • Collect them all!
  • Ages: 5+
  • MSRP: $11.99 — $24.99


Shopkins Beados I CAN Make It Play Set (Moose Toys)Shopkins Beados I CAN Make It Play Set (Moose Toys)

  • I Can Make It! is a craft in a can that’s ready to play with tray and spray!
  • Kids simply open it up to find everything they need to create and play for hours!
  • The Beados Shopkins pack includes 200 beads, 6 Shopkins eyes, 6 eye connectors, 3 design templates, 1 bead tray, 1 water sprayer, 2 display stands, and an instructions booklet.
  • Ages: 5+
  • MSRP: $4.99

Shopkins Color n’ Fashion Activity Messenger Bag bridge directShopkins Color n’ Fashion Activity Messenger Bag (The Bridge Direct)

  • The Shopkins Color n’ Fashion Activity Messenger Bag lets aspiring artists design and decorate their very own stylish Shopkins tote!
  • The specially-designed pattern features outlines of favorite Shopkins friends that can be colored in using the six included permanent markers.
  • Measuring 11” wide by 9.5” high, the Messenger Bag is the perfect size to carry along all the essentials while shopping, and it offers a unique way for girls to design and showcase their own Shopkins creations!
  • Ages: 5+
  • MSRP: $19.99,

Kahootz_FashionPlatesSuperstarDeluxeKitFashion Plates Superstar Deluxe Kit (Kahootz)

  • All the award-winning features of the original Fashion Plates Deluxe Set, now with all new superstar fashion designs!
  • Create your own pop star looks with all the rockin’ mix and match design plates, portfolio case and more! Compatible with other Fashion Plates sets.
  • Ages: 6+
  • MSRP: $24.99

WinningMoveGames_ScrabbleToGoScrabble To Go (Winning Moves Games)

  • This delightful travel Scrabble edition allows players to pack up in the middle of the game without disturbing words they’ve already placed on the board.
  • The tiles snap in place on the grid.
  • The tile racks have lids that close and hold the tiles in place so you can pick up exactly where you left off!
  • Comes in a zippered fabric case.
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $44.95

parent-quiz-haywireThe Parent Quiz (Haywire Group)

  • How well do your kids know you? Heck, how well do you know yourself?
  • Ask your kids a series of multiple choice questions about yourself and reveal your funniest side.
  • Looking to occupy your kids for a few minutes? Waiting for dinner to be served? On a long drive? The Parent Quiz is the answer.
  • Ages: 6+
  • MSRP: $4.99

AlexBrands_PoofPOPFlyPOOF Pop Fly (Alex Brands)

  • POP! Catch it! A backyard game kids will love to play.
  • Hit the paddle with your bean bag and up goes a ball. Whoever catches the most balls wins!
  • For 2 players and includes 6 bean bags and 11 balls.
  • Ages: 5+
  • MSRP: $34.99


Pacific Play Tents One Touch CabanaOne-Touch Cabana (Pacific Play Tents)

  • One Touch, the newest technology in cabanas today. Easier than a magic wand, simply remove the cabana from the carry bag, unfold it and then lift it up and with just One Touch the cabana is set up.
  • No more parts or extra hands needed to enjoy the benefits of this new technology. This is the perfect companion for any trip to the beach, park, lake or back yard.
  • Easy to carry and even easier to set up. Due to the engineering of this ultra-high quality cabana, it has the structural stability to withstand wind and provide protection from the harmful UV rays.
  • Each cabana is UV treated; SPF 30 rated, and has a water proof floor. This durable “must have” cabana belongs with everyone traveling with children outdoors.
  • Best of all, the kids will love it and it can even be used inside for play time fun.
  • Simple to set up and take down, easy to store and carry.
  • MSRP – $74.95

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Bill Reese

Bill Reese

Bill Reese is Business Operations Manager at Adventure Media & Events, where he's worked since 2014. A former editor at Playbill and graduate of SUNY–Purchase, he spends most weekends rooting for the New York Red Bulls pro soccer team and making subway systems out of Brio trains with his little boy Jonah.