Backseat Boredom Busters
Tired of hearing “Are we there yet?” Keep antsy kids occupied during your next car or plane ride with these on-the-go toys.
Instead of playing another round of the “Alphabet Game,” use a pouch of Think-a-lot Toys’ Think-ets to tell stories. One at a time, take out the little trinkets, about the size of Monopoly game pieces. Make up something about them to weave together completely original tales. We love the “Beach Collection” assortment for summer. Ages 8 & up, $9.99.
While Think-ets exercises your creativity, IQ Twist from Smart/Tangoes USA tests your logical thinking skills. See if you can fit together pegs and squiggly-shaped puzzle pieces on a mini game board. With 100 challenges to beat, this Twist will last the entire ride. (It’s harder than it looks!) Ages 6 & up, $9.99. Available at Amazon.com and independent retailers.*
When you can’t take your pet on your trip, bring along Anamalz. These adorable, poseable animal toys are made from ultra-smooth, sustainable maple wood. Let your child’s imagination bring these creatures to life. When you’ve arrived at your destination, the pocket-sized pals fit comfortably in the included pouch. Ages 3 & up, $8.95-$19.95. Available at Barnes & Noble.
*IQ Twist is carried at these area retailers. Please call to confirm availability.
► Bethany Trading Co., Bethany Beach, DE, 302-537-3802
► Education Station Inc., Lancaster, PA, 717-581-9195
► Foster’s Toy Shoppe, Doylestown, PA, 215-345-0710
► Jazams, Princeton, NJ, 609-924-8697
► Kids Ketch, Lewes, DE, 302-645-8448
► LB Toys, Media, PA, 610-304-1131
► Puns, Bryn Mawr, PA, 610-525-9789
► The Teddy Bear Emporium, Lititz, PA, 717-626-8334
Stephanie Halinski is calendar editor and toy/product coordinator of MetroKids.