Hitting the road this spring? Toy Insider Senior Editor Marissa DiBartolo stopped by ABC World News Now to talk about the best toys to take on a long family road trip.

1.2.3. My Take Along Farm Set (Playmobil)

  • Get ready to work on the farm with My Take Along Farm. With a bright and colorful design and large rounded pieces, this PLAYMOBIL 1.2.3. set is ideal for toddlers.
  • Feed the animals and store all supplies in the loft. Pay careful attention to which shapes fit in the holes!
  • When playtime is over, store all the pieces inside the farm, close up and grab the carrying handle to go wherever adventure leads you. Set includes one figure, cow, pig, dog, car, bird, and other accessories.
  • Ages: 18 MOS+
  • MSRP $39.99
  • Available: Walmart, Target, Amazon

Sweet Scented Pets and PAW Patrol Pets (Pillow Pets)

  • Sweet Scented Pillow Pets deliver the smell of yummy sweet treats in a plush you can hug. Subtle scent patches in delicious flavors are the perfect summer travel companion. A stuffed animal by day, it easily turns into a comfy pillow for bed.
  • Strawberry Milkshake Cow is the newest scent in the line, with a subtle scent patch on the paw giving off the delicious smell of a freshly blending milkshake.
  • The adventurous rescue pup Rubble the English Bulldog from Nickelodeon’s number-one preschool show PAW Patrol is on duty as a Pillow Pet ready to protect young fans everywhere. Being on the road is sometimes difficult for young children. Bringing along a favorite stuffed animal that also becomes a pillow for bedtime, provides familiarity which eases the trip for everyone.
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $19.99 – $29.99
  • Available: Pillowpets.com, Amazon

Shimmer & Shine 22Pc Set (Magformers)

  • Meet Shimmer and Shine! Two loveable balls of enthusiastic energy. Each shape contains rotating Rare Earth Neodymium magnets, the strongest of their kind for guaranteed connectivity, so you can pick a 2D shape off the table and see it become a 3D construct that stays together.
  • Click Magformers together and build Genie Lamps, Gondolas and more. Use the Genie Jewels to make your creations sparkle.
  • The four included idea mats and double-sided Shimmer & Shine character cards create the ultimate play experience.
  • Ages 3+
  • MSRP $29.99
  • Available at Toys “R” Us.

Color Wonder on the Go

  • Take your mess-free coloring with you with Color Wonder Color on the Go books. Books include 15 coloring pages and three Color Wonder markers in a durable case that keeps you organized and ready to go. Color Wonder markers won’t color on skin, furniture or fabric and only color on the special Color Wonder paper.
  • Available in fun themes like Paw Patrol, PJ Masks, Disney Princess, and Shimmer and Shine.
  • The four included idea mats and double-sided Shimmer & Shine character cards create the ultimate play experience.
  • Ages 3+
  • MSRP $5.99
  • Available Amazon, Walmart, Target

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Micro Mutants (Playmates Toys)

  • Inspired by Nickelodeon’s hit TV show, discover all the action and adventure of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ world in an innovative new collection that’s micro in scale but packed with features.
  • The line consists of 1.15” fully articulated figures with The Pet Turtles Playset assortment lets kids transform their Pet Turtle figure into a multi-level micro mutant playset and discover over 10 different features including battle platforms, sewer slide, ejection stairs and more.
  • With the two-toys-in-one Sweeper Ops Vehicle Playset, kids can first use the street sweeper to sweep up all of their Micro Mutants action figures and vehicles before transforming the vehicle into a multi-level Operational Headquarters playset designed with multiple levels of play and tons of play features.
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: $14.99-$39.99
  • Available at Toys “R” Us

Fashion Plates Travel Design Set (Kahootz)

  • Create fabulous designs on the go with the Fashion Plates Travel design set! This portable Fashion Plates set is the perfect take-along size and features mix and match travel-themed Fashion Plates, crayons, paper, and a built-in storage compartment. However you get there, now you can be creative anywhere!
  • Kits include 12 double-sided fashion plates, 10 sheets of paper, four coloring crayons, one rubbing crayon, one crayon holder, one drawing tablet with built-in storage tray, and an idea guide.
  • Age: 6+
  • MSRP: $14.99
  • Amazon, Walmart, Target

Rubiks Triamid (Winning Moves)

  • A triangular Rubik’s puzzle – but with some key differences. There are 10 individual pieces, four joining sections, and four colorful sides that need to be solved.
  • This is another Rubik’s brand extension.
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $16.95
  • Available: Amazon

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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.