For car and plane trips, what are some small toys, games, or other fun tiny surprises to bring along or pack in your child's backpack? Please mention the age range for the item and include a link to a picture if you have one.

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As well as packing fun activities for my kids, I packed some fun treats for fellow plan passengers on a long-haul flight. A win all round! : )

http://polkadotprintsstudio.blogspot.ca/2012/04/travel-passenger-gifts.html

or some shrinky games I made for my 4yr old are here -

http://polkadotprintsstudio.blogspot.ca/2012/08/new-product-mini-travel-games.html

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For plane trips, I always pack the most ridiculously huge bag full of everything I think I'll need. Which is pointless because, inevitably, my 23 month old goes for two things: stickers and ice. Don't know how my husband discovered that ice is a magical secret weapon, but he did. He immediately makes friends with the flight attendants so they refill our cups as often as we ask.

http://teenytinyfoodie.com/surviving-airplane-travel/

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Age 4 & 3 - using since 2 & 3 -
Leap Frogs Tag Pen: This little device from Leap Frogs is a must. On our road trip from New York to Florida this one gadget kept our children edutained (educated & entertained). Tag storybooks and learning activities help children build reading skills, vocabulary, phonics and writing skills. The reader (which looks like a fat pen with a metallic nib) can store audio for up to 10 books and fits in small hands easily. The reader can read books to the kids, teach them words, play games and more. We carry roughly 5-6 books with us, which are a hefty weight component, but I would carry this over an extra pair of shoes any day. (http://readingrainbowblog.wordpress.com/2013/07/24/our-kids-cant-travel-without-these-top-5-hi-tech-gadgets/comment-page-1)

http://travelwithbender.com/travel-thoughts/travel-tips/my-13-secret-weapons-for-stress-free-travel/

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I shop the dollar store and hide the toys until the plane ride, especially for toddlers till 5 year olds. The newest helps. Also, I hide a favorite one so it is almost 'new'. I also have orange tic tac or smarties that they can suck on to help their ears for take off and landing. Things that work are picture books, white boards with pens, animals, (no noise makers). For 3-8 year olds they enjoy having their own bag of treats.

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ou, We are so far away from games with cars and other toys, but i would like to share wit other moms something very useful (I ahve been copied when my child was a tree years old from the computer at my work (It is a Serbian forum: Moja Beba - Powered by XMB , quotes from the same book from Michele Borba. And I was downloaded that book from net using torrenta (4M) :
1. A mother who loves teaches worth.
2. A mother who is firm and fair gives her children a moral code to live by.
3. A mother who listens shows her children they matter.
4. A mother who is a good role model gives her children an example worth copying.
5. A mother who teaches values inspires character.
6. A mother who supports her children's strengths builds their confidence.
7. A mother who encourages indipendence cultivates self-reliance.
8. A mother who applauds effort nurtures perseverance.
9. A mother who accepts her children's shortcomings nurtures resilience.
10. A mother who takes time for her children helps them build strong relationships.
11. A mother who laughs teaches joy.
12. A mother who takes care of herself holds together her happy family.

http://https://www.facebook.com/pages/Michele-Borbas-Big-Book-of-Parenting-Solutions/140029551627

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We're on planes alot and I always bring new things for my children. In addition to the Nintendo DS's and the iPad I pack a few new books and small toys for the kids as often as possible.

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Our biggest trick was to keep all these toys/activities hidden until the day of travel so they are new and fresh and potential for lasting a few more minutes with a toddlers (1 to 2 years) short attention span. We packed a travel sized magna doodle, coloring supplies, stickers, LOTS of snacks (and a wide variety), Melissa and Doug brand have great little travel activity books (very affordable too), and a few homemade activities that I found on pinterest.

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We love to travel! Kids get bored easily, so I like to take a few "new" toys/activities with us when we travel. (By "new" I mean recently purchased at my fave thrift shop!) Coloring books are great for our 5 yr old, he loves to color. I also take a couple of small puzzles with us, another one of his favorite activities. You can find some really cool self-contained puzzles, if you know what to look for. They come in a small wooden box and the box lid can be used as a "frame" for the puzzle. I also like to bring trail mix along for the ride!

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I give my children each a coupon book that includes a variety of things to do in the car. It's called The Super Fun Road Trip Coupon Book for Kids and you can purchase online at www.superfunroadtrip.com My kids get to select a coupon hourly for good behavior, it works like a charm! Some of the coupons are Pick out your favorite treat at the next gas station or you get to pick the restaurant. We road trip every summer and always use the books, my kids love them. I also like the books because this limits their time on electronics.

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I also use the website ( www.superfunroadtrip.com) as a road trip resource. On the website there are tips on what to pack, snacks to bring for the long car ride and a list of games to play in the car.

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I always pack new toys for the kids so they will have fun exploring what is in their "travel backpack" for my two and five year olds. They are not allowed to look in them until the trip to create suspense!

We have included items such as playdough, gel window clings, stacking cups and snacks. The tag reading system is also great because it's independent and earphones can be plugged into them so it doesn't bother other passengers.

I also raid the clearance section after holidays to find cheap toys that the kids would like that, if they lost, wouldn't be traumatic. I also try to save a few things for the return trip so the kids look forward to that as well!

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We always fill their backpacks with new books, a surprise snack or two (especially a lollipop for clogged ears on a flight), and either a new app, music, or Nintendo DS game. The backpack cannot be opened until we're on the road or in the airplane. My kids are 7 and 10. When they were younger, we used Color Wonder pens (no mess), and activity books with mazes and puzzles.

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My 10 year old loves the old fashioned Yes & No books, which are still made. Aside from electronics, we bring a mini deck of Uno cards, regular playing cards and plenty of paper/pens to play hangman and dots. When the kids were toddlers, we brought little bottles of bubbles. It delighted them (and made us a hero to other parents on the flight).

http://www.friscokids.net/2013/05/tips-for-kids-traveling-alone-using.html

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We always pack some fun magnets in a metal lunch box. The box provides storage for the magnets as well as a place to stick them onto.

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A digital picture frame: load it with pics of pets, toys, animals and people for an entertaining slide show. Great for infants and toddlers.

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If you're looking for a tablet to keep pre-school to tween age kids occupied and engaged that also has the added value of built in parental controls for web browsing, the nabi(R) is the thing to have. With 3 age-appropriate devices (nabi Jr ages 3-6, nabi 2 ages 7-10, and nabi XD ages 11-14) the nabi offers all the fun of games like Fruit Ninja, educational games in math, science, and language, and even activities for autistic children. http://www.nabitablet.com/

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There's a great Road Trip Magazine and Craft Kit over at Crafting Connections, which includes travel games and 5 projects to do in a car/bus/plane/hotel room - plus a story that can be read whenever the mood strikes! Perfect for little ones ages 2-7+yo (http://www.craftingconnections.net/the-blog/road-trip-travel-magazine/)

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Oh definitely I Spy games. Here's a must try. Let your child come up with items they think they will see on the trip, let them draw or write their ideas on paper or card stock, create a small envelope or container to keep them in along with an "I saw it" envelope. Don't hesitate to have a lot of items to search out and get creative. This is great way to let your kids share their imagination and creative skills. And an opportunity for you as Mom, to get to see and hear how your children are seeing and absorbing their environment. If you like you can include a game prize. Again. Get creative and hand out the prize however you like.

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I like that idea

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Pens and paper, dry eraser crayons travel kit, dolls, juice, goldfish crackers. These are what I pack for my 4 and 2 year old when we are going to be in the car for a while.

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when we are traveling by Car or Plane we pack a Portable DvD for my son to watch, Books n colourful pens to Draw, if available we carry a tablet on board..

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Lot's of paper and colored pencils. My 9 yo son loves to draw.

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I usually pack a bag for each of my kids, if we are going on a long trip. I include things like coloring books, blank paper for drawing on, crayons and markers, play-doh, silly putty, puzzles, playing cards, maps to look at, cross-word puzzles, healthy snacks, beads for stringing, art projects, books, magazines and more (depending on the ages and stages). At the moment my kids are 14, 6, 4 and 1. I wrote a post about BUSY BASKETS a while back. It's here: http://earlychildhoodnews.net/activities/577-busy-boxes

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