Play doesn’t always come naturally for me as an adult. Good children’s toys, though, give me “prompts” or “help” finding my playful side. Does that make sense? I get SOOOOOO bored playing Chutes and Ladders, but give me Sushi Go or Rummikub and I’m totally engaged. I know many moms who are ROCK STAR imaginative geniuses, but sometimes I feel like I run out of good ideas — give me story cubes or super-fun wiki-sticks, though, and I’m instantly more creative. Put me at a beach or a pool and I’m dying to hide in a book or take a nap, but start a game of corn hole or give me an adorable seashell collecting bag, and I’ll find my frivolous side. For me, good toys (in addition to turning off my phone, of course) just makes me a more in-the-moment fun mom.
The fact that good toys help me be more playful with my kids is one of the main reasons I’m always searching for those that are new and interesting. It’s definitely not that my kids need more toys. I especially love bringing really good toys on vacation. I WANT to play with my kids on vacation (in addition to wanting them to be able to play independently at times…UH, early mornings, anyone?) and funtastic toys help in both of these situations.
I’ve got some ideas for a few vacation toys you can throw in a suitcase. Some of these suggestions are repeats from my posts on traveling on airplanes with kids, as well as road tripping with kids, but they’re my absolute favs, so I don’t want to mess with a good thing. There are some brand-spanking-new favorites too, however, so keep scrolling. For those of you traveling soon, I encourage you to pack a few toys that YOU enjoy playing with (not just the kids’ top picks) and try to engage your light-hearted side. For those of you (like me!) staying put for your kids’ Spring Break — I encourage you to do the same at home. You should have some fun too, right??
Ideas for Fun Family Vacation Toys
Family Card Games
Hotel Room Toys
What other toys/games/play materials do you guys like to throw in your suitcase so that EVERYONE can play on vacation? As always, your suggestions are super-helpful to other readers AND us here at TME. Thanks, Mamas in advance for any other ideas.