Hitting the road this summer? Toy Insider Parent Charlene DeLoach stopped by WPRI’s The Rhode Show to talk about the best toys to keep kids entertained on long road trips this summer. For more on the items featured in this segment, check out the product notes below, and for the complete rundown of the best toys of the spring and summer, be sure to check our complete Toy Insider Spring and Summer Gift Guide.


LIL’ SHUCKIES (WECOOL TOYS)

  • Lil’ Shuckies features a line of colorful shells with a surprise pearl inside and bring the popular “pearl parties” on Facebook safely into your living room. 
  • With a host of Lil’ Shuckies to choose from, children will have a blast as they use the shucking tool to open the shells and discover stretchy slime and gorgeous pearls inside. 
  • The play value continues as kids can collect all 24 pearls, from “common” to “ultra-rare” to make bracelets or swap! 
  • Lil’ Shuckies are available in teal, pink, purple, and coral colored shells  and come in both single or triple packs.
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: $4.99-9.99
  • Available: Walmart

MINI ARCADE GAMES (BASIC FUN)

  • The most popular arcade games from decades past have reemerged in a miniature size!
  • Mini Arcade Games are scaled down versions of classic games featuring authentic game play and nostalgic appeal, with retro-styling and sounds just like you remember!
  • Ms. Pac-Man, one of the most popular video games of all time, features the beloved character moving through the maze to eat pac dots while avoiding the ghosts – help her get a power pellet to temporarily eat the ghosts and score bonus points!
  •  With the addictive Tetris game, players move and rotate the shapes as they fall to build complete lines and score points. Get bonus points for clearing multiple lines at once!
  • With Galaga, fight off swarms of alien armies as quickly as possible before they attack, and play the Challenging Stages to score bonus points.
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $19.99 each
  • Available: Best Buy, Amazon

COLOR WONDER STOW & GO STUDIO (CRAYOLA)

  • The redesigned Crayola Stow & Go Studio holds even more mess-free coloring tools than before. 
  • There’s more storage for markers and space to keep a Color Wonder stamp pad and stamps. 
  • The set, which is perfect for on-the-go creativity, includes a bigger 30-page Color Wonder refill pad, four mess-free markers and easy to open clasps.
  • Ages: 3+ 
  • MSRP: $9.99 
  • Available: Walmart, Target, crayola.com

FOODIE ROOS (MAYA TOYS)

  • Foodie Roos are the all-new adorable plush animals that look, smell and feel like the foods they love! 
  • They come in fun food containers with a cute “Peek a Roo” window so you can see what’s inside! 
  • Reveal your Foodie friend to squeeze their bellies and feel the surprise!  
  • The Foodie Roos container even opens up to become the Foodie’s Room complete with stickers!  
  • Collect all 20 including 2 hidden rares! 
  • Ages: 5+
  • MSRP: $9.99
  • Available: Target, Claire’s

Y’ART (KAHOOTZ)

  • Y’Art combines the ease of coloring with the vibrant textured look of textile art.
  • Thread the Y’Art pen and color the numbered areas with yarn.
  • Yarn magically clings to the Grip ‘N Stick Y’Artboard as you color.
  • OOPS Proof! Lift the yarn off the Y’Artboard and reposition any time.
  • Create amazing textures and patterns with no mess.
  • Easily create a unique, detailed design to frame and display.
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $14.99
  • Available: Amazon, Specialty retailers

TEEBEE (FAT BRAIN TOY)

  • The must-have accessory for all your on-the-go adventures! 
  • Teebee is more than just a box for storing your favorite toys. So much more. 
  • Unlike clunky rectangular boxes that have to be set off to the side during play (heightening the risk of them being bumped and spilled), Teebee is designed to fit perfectly between the legs, turning it into a storage space and play space in one – Emphasis on the play. 
  • The two hinged lids fold out smoothly to create play trays that sit nicely over each leg while the divided tray can be taken out and fitted onto the front edge of the Teebee. 
  • No more having to juggle or balance toys precariously on your lap! 
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $24.95
  • Available: fatbraintoys.com, Amazon

PUPPY PEN (SCHLEICH)

  • This delightful dog-themed playset features adorable detailed puppy figures and accessories.
  • Includes a dog house, water bowl and soft bed. 
  • Ages: 3 to 8
  • MSRP: $17.99
  • Available: schleich.com