Posted on June 15, 2018

Top 10 NON-Tech Boredom Busters for Long Road Trips

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This post includes several toys that we have received free samples of over the years and have fallen in love with. It also features toys that we have purchased ourselves. All opinions are 100% our own.

Top 10 NON-Tech Boredom Busters for Long Road Trips

Think the only way to travel across the country with kids is to encourage endless screen-time? Think again! Here are some excellent road trip boredom busters – no chargers required!

Road Trip Boredom Busters

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You know by now that we love traveling and hit the road as often as possible. Last year we drove from Pennsylvania to Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming) and back during the summer and then later that fall we drove to Disney for a week at Fort Wilderness. This year we’re setting our sights on a long-awaited return to the Outer Banks, NC.  And while we certainly allow the kids ample time on tablets and watching DVDs, non-tech toys are ALWAYS (ALWAYS!!) offered as boredom busters.

The kids and I put our heads together and came up with our top 10 very very very favorite non-tech toys that have kept them busy and entertained in the backseat over the last few years.

Favorite Road Trip Boredom Busters

In no particular order, here’s what we chose:

Bunchems – Talk about captivating the kids’ imagination!  They love making shapes, animals, abstract art, silly faces, buildings and more with these squishy little pieces!

Kids Playing with Bunchems

Tangle Toys – Not just a boredom buster, but also a total stress reliever – Tangle toys are so much fun to play with!  I have to admit, I wasn’t sure what to expect when we opened the packages.  The kids were immediately excited about these toys because Lily recognized them from school. We took Tangles on a road trip a couple weeks ago and the kids played with them a bunch of times during the drive.  The Tangles came with us to our hotel room and the whole family kept gravitating towards them!

Tangle Toys Zuru

Speed Cubes – A classic puzzle toy that my kids can’t get enough of!  Pick up some different shapes and patterns for an extra challenge.

Speed Cubes

Pipe Cleaners – I know what you’re thinking.  Pipe cleaners?  Boring old pipe cleaners?  YES!! Hand each kid a pack of colorful pipe cleaners.  My kids love designing all sorts of shapes and creations.

pipe cleaners

WikkiStix – Did you have these when you were a kid?  I can still smell them!  These waxy sticks are similar to pipe cleaners and are so much fun to bend into cool shapes and designs.

WikkiStix

Spot It! (On the Road Edition) – You’re probably already familiar with the game Spot It!  (Basically a fun new version of the traditional game, I Spy.) This edition is made specifically with car travel in mind and the game cards have items typically seen while driving down the road.

Asmodee Spot It! On the Road Game

Magnetic Tile Toys – Thousands of possibilities, hours of fun.  We got a set of these tiles for Christmas and both kids love to build with them.

magnet tile toys

Melissa & Doug Reusable Sticker Pads – I have lost track of how many of these awesome sticker pads we have had over the years.  There are so many themes to choose from!  We have had the construction vehicles, dinosaurs, fashion dolls, bakery sweets set and more.  These pads come with so many stickers and also colorful scenes to decorate.  Bonus: the stickers are reusable!!

melissa and doug sticker book vehicle scenes

Playfoam Go! –  No mess, but oh-so-much fun to shape and mold!  This set in particular comes in a handy travel case which makes it an ideal road trip activity.

Playfoam Go

Brick Case for LEGO Building – Have a LEGO fan?  Now he or she can build on the go!  Grab a brick case for easy LEGO play while traveling.

brick case

That’s our top 10!  We know that the old saying is “getting there is half the fun,” but let’s face it, occupied kiddos make the whole car happier. Let us know if you have favorite travel boredom busters that aren’t on our list!


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