If you're planning on travelling with the kids over the summer, this article from the Good Toy Guide may give you a few pointers. We've already reviewed some of them so I've added links to my reviews. You can also see how we keep the Madhouse Mini-testers occupied on long car journeys here : http://madhousefamilyreviews.blogspot.com/2012/01/keeping-your-kids-entertained-in-car.html
The Good Toy Guide’s Guide to Travelling with kids!
Child psychologist Dr Amanda Gummer, author of the unique play advice website Good Toy Guide, gives her top stress-free solutions for families who will be travelling on holiday this summer.
She explains :“There are plenty of ways to keep children occupied when travelling and it doesn’t necessarily mean spending any money. From playing eye spy to quizzes and memory games, families can share some great fun and laughter testing each other’s knowledge, memory skills and imagination. These games also encourage social development and relationship bonding and on long car journeys not only while away the hours, but keep a child’s focus outside of the vehicle lessening the onset of travel sickness."
Dr Gummer also has some great recommendations if you are thinking about buying some new toys for the journey “If your child doesn’t cope with travelling very well, taking a comfort toy or blanket can make them feel more at ease and settled. If you are thinking of other ways to keep your children occupied, compact games such as the classic Rubik’sCube will enable a child to focus on the task in hand.”
Here is a selection of travel games and toys from the Good Toy Guide:
1. Wordsearcher –This pack of 100 wipe clean word searches develops a child’s literacy, vocabulary and spelling.
2. Boggle - This timed competition word game improves spelling, word awareness and writing skills. (See our review of Boggle Flash here.)
3. Pillow Pet – This cuddly soft toy can be flatted as a pillow and supports emotional development whilst travelling. (See our review here.)
4. Kloo Animal Reader Cards – This fun pack of cards aids reading development and imagination.
5. Zip It – This easy to play anagram game comes in a compact case and encourages social skills and friendly competition. (See our review here.)
6. Rubik’s Cube – This classic puzzle cube with different coloured faces encourages perseverance and logic skills.
7. CuddleUpPets – A range of soft animal puppet blankets that facilitate a calm sleeping routine whilst enhancing feelings of comfort and security whilst traveling.
8. Bop It Smash – This electronic game involves spoken instructions and creates lots of interaction and discussion.
9. Kurio 7 – This android tablet with wi-fi and parental control allows children to develop an understanding of technology.
10. My Pal Scout – This interactive soft toy responds to having its paws squeezed which promotes listening skills and enhances self-esteem.
Look out for Dr Gummer’s next feature on the Good Toy Guide’s Guide to Back to School. If you would like to find out more about the Good Toy Guide visit: www.goodtoyguide.com
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