Toy Insider Parent Charlene DeLoach stopped by CT Live to show off some of the best toys to keep kids entertained on long road trips this spring. For more on the items featured in this segment, check out the product notes below.


  • A cuddly, sweet, soothing, super-soft friend who’s ready and happy to sleep always.
  • Nap time, night time, whenever it’s sleepy time, Dream Buddy is ready.
  • Dressed in cozy pjs, this snuggly friend even has a detachable wraparound blanket.
  • Inside are little cut-out picture “treats” children can choose to make up a story or talk about their day
  • Age: 3+
  • MSRP: $29.99
  • Available,


  • The Dolce Mouse Backpack is a toddler’s first backpack with his or her own beautiful Dolce travel mouse toy for them to take on any journey.
  • The mouse arrives with crinkle ears and tactile fabric for fun on the go.
  • Age: 0 months+
  • MSRP: $39.99
  • Available:


  • Scoop up the fun with the Ice Cream Shop Sand Bucket.
  • Serve pretend tasty treats with the included ice cream scoop and various molds, perfect for building ice cream cones out of sand.
  • Then, place the ice cream seller behind the freezer counter, at the bottom front of the sand bucket, to sell all the delicious snacks to passersby.
  • Kids can also use the bucket with sieve to either build sand castles or sift through the sand in search shells and other fun stuff.
  • When playtime is over, store all the pieces inside the bucket and use the sieve as a lid.
  • The bucket has a capacity of about 1.5 gallons.
  • The set includes two figures, a bucket, a sieve, an ice cream spoon, two ice cream cones, two ice cream scoops, and one waffle mold.
  • Age: 2+
  • MSRP: $19.99
  • Available: Walmart


  • A CLASSIC! Waterfuls takes you back to the simpler days of play.
  • The original handheld game, this retro favorite is back with a whole new twist!
  • Choose from six different game panels you simply insert in the back of the toy to challenge yourself over and over again.
  • No screens, cords or batteries… just add water then swirl, shoot & score!
  • Retro is back, and just like you remember!
  • Age: 3+
  • MSRP: $14.99
  • Available: Amazon, specialty retailers


  • Kanoodle Gravity takes puzzle solving into a vertical dimension.
  • Kids can solve puzzles solo or have epic battles with a friend.
  • The kit comes with a puzzle board and carrying case, 10 colorful puzzle pieces, and 40 solo player puzzles.
  • Age: 7+
  • MSRP: $19.99
  • Available: Amazon,


  • Tony Hawk Box Boarders Super Packs (Hog Wild)
  • These are Tony Box Boarders from Hog Wild – a line of action collectibles licensed from the legendary pro skateboarder!
  • Flip, ride, grind, and land insane tricks with Tony Hawk Box Boarders Super Pack.
  • Slide your phone into the phone slot located on the side of the bowl and begin filming your awesome tricks!
  • With the free Tony Hawk Box Boarders Studio app, you can record and edit your footage and share them online with #TonyHawkBoxBoarders.
  • Film tricks in all the Tony Hawk skate parks by collecting all 4: Kidney Bowl, Backyard Pool, Pro Park and Eight Bowl.
  • Box Boarder Super Packs come in four cool bowl shapes to practice tricks.
  • With the Tony Hawk Box Boarders app you can film your skills; edit footage to create skate compilations; then share in the Box Boarder Community.
  • Super Packs come with 3 features riders, 1 special Tony Hawk Box Boarder, 1 camera holder, 1 fish eye lens, 1 bowl style, and 1 quarter pipe paper ramp.
  • Age: 4+
  • MSRP: $19.99
  • Available: Amazon in March 2019

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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.