Looking to keep your kids happy in the back seat on a long road trip this spring?
Toy Insider Editor-in-Chief Ali Mierzejewski stopped by ABC 7 in New York to show off some of the best new travel toys for the spring and summer. For more on the items featured in this segment, check out the product notes below.
( COLOR WONDER MESS-FREE STOW & GO TRAVEL KIT CRAYOLA)
The Crayola Color Wonder Stow & Go Studio has been redesigned to hold even more of your favorite mess-free coloring tools!
Now there’s more storage for markers and space to keep a Color Wonder stamp pad and stamps. Perfect for on-the-go creativity!
Includes a bigger 30-page Color Wonder pad and 4 mess-free markers.
Available: Target, Amazon
( COLORFORMS TRAVEL SET KAHOOTZ)
The Colorforms Travel Set is perfect for on-the-go play.
Take it in the car, on the plane, or wherever you’re traveling.
This fold-out set with a re-sealable closure comes with 2 colorful play scenes and 3 sheets of colorful, re-stickable Colorforms pieces that tuck neatly away for mess-free fun.
The set comes in 3 themes based on kids’ favorite TV characters: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Paw Patrol, and Care Bears.
Available: Kahootz Toys, Amazon, and other retailers (new themes available in June!)
( NINTENDO SWITCH NINTENDO)
Nintendo Switch, the new home video game system from Nintendo, provides single and multiplayer thrills at home or on the go.
For the first time ever, the mobility of a handheld is now added to the power of a home-gaming system, with unprecedented new play styles brought to life by the two new Joy-Con controllers.
At home the system rests in the Nintendo Switch dock, which lets users play with family and friends on a TV in the comfort of their living room.
By simply lifting Nintendo Switch from the dock at any time, the system instantly transitions to handheld mode.
The portability of Nintendo Switch is enhanced by its 6.2-inch screen, which displays bright, high-definition gameplay at the park, on an airplane, in a car, or at a friend’s apartment.
Available: Amazon, Target, Walmart, GameStop, Best Buy
( YOSHI’S CRAFTED WORLD NINTENDO)
It all started when Kamek and Baby Bowser set out to steal a gem-set stone. Legend has it that this fabled artifact can grant the bearer their wildest dreams! But when the artifact’s gems are sent flying, it falls upon Yoshi and friends to find them.
Luckily, saving the day can be cooperative and challenging. Pass a Joy-Con controller to a friend to team up as fellow Yoshis.
Some stages can be played backwards, allowing players to explore new challenges.
Also, Mellow mode gives Yoshi wings for a breezier experience, which may come in handy! Finding all the flowers, coins, and Poochy Pups is no small feat!
For extra protection, suit up in one of the handicraft costumes you can unlock in-game!
Rated: E for Everyone
Available: Target, Best Buy, GameStop, Amazon
( DINO EXPLORER CARRY CASE PLAYMOBIL)
Kids can go on an adventure with the Dino Explorer Carry Case.
They can use the map to make their way around the mysterious island.
When playtime is over, simply store the pieces inside the case for next time.
The set includes 2 figures, 2 dinosaurs, a net cannon, a rock wall, and other accessories.
Available: playmobil.us, Amazon, Walmart, Target, Barnes & Noble
( KANOODLE GRAVITY EDUCATIONAL INSIGHTS)
Kanoodle Gravity takes puzzle solving vertical.
Kids can solve puzzles solo or have epic battles with a friend.
The kit comes with a puzzle board and carrying case, 10 colorful puzzle pieces, and 40 solo player puzzles.
Available: Amazon, educationalinsights.com
( LEARNING FRIENDS 100 WORDS BOOK LEAPFROG)
Join animal friends Turtle, Tiger, and Monkey as they explore new vocabulary in the Learning Friends 100 Words Book.
Explore the colorful pages and touch each picture to hear the animals say toddler-appropriate words along with exciting facts and sound effects.
For an immersive language experience, slide the language switch to hear the words, songs and instructions in Spanish.
Touch the pictures to hear silly sound effects in Fun Sounds mode or press the light-up star button to hear two learning songs.
Ages: 18 months+
Available: All major retailers
( DOLCE MOUSE BACKPACK WITH NECK SUPPORT MAGFORMERS)
A toddler’s first backpack with their own beautiful Dolce travel mouse toy for them to take on any journey.
The mouse arrives with crinkle ears and tactile fabric for fun on the go.
Ages: All ages