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Tetris Magnets: Travel Games

Are you looking for a fun activity to keep your kids busy on long car rides or plane travel this spring break? We try to keep activities and games in the car or in our game bag during travel. We know that the kids are in better spirits when they are busy and entertained, and so are we. We keep the usual, books, board games, coloring materials, toy cars, etc. But we always love to keep something that is unexpected that will keep the kids’ attention a little longer.

I stumbled upon the blog Moms and Crafters and was impressed by their Tetris Magnets. My kids love to build and puzzles, so I figured this might be something they would be interested in.

Tetris magnets

For those of you not born in the 80’s, Tetris was a video game that allowed you to create a wall with different sized and shaped bricks. You had to make them fit by changing the way they fell and formed together.

Moms and Crafters has created a fun real-life multidimensional version with wooden beads and magnets. This appealed to me on two levels, they were going to be able to build and learn while playing, and it had magnets so it was easy to keep together and not lose. Check out the full tutorial on Moms and Crafters now. You can add this little set of toys to your at home games or bring it on the road with you like we do. The magnets can be dangerous for younger children, so watch younger kids or do not allow them to play with them. My six year old loves this Tetris magnets game, but I wouldn’t trust my two-year-old with them.

Enjoy!

Melissa and Doug: Travel Games

Since we shared a craft from the Melissa and Doug blog last week we also shared that we offer some of their toys. Many were surprised, they didn’t realize we offered toys. The Boy’s Store loves to offer things that are difficult to find, help to educate and motivate children to learn, and keep our boys stylish. We are proud to offer some great items from Melissa and Doug since they also aim to provide children with an educational foundation that is built on fun.

Since it is summer and a lot of you are traveling for vacation or to visit family we thought this was the perfect time to reacquaint you with our Melissa and Doug travel games. These games are perfect entertainment in tight places, cars, planes, trains, however and wherever you travel this summer take Melissa and Doug travel games with you.

Hangman Melissa and Doug Travel Game: This travel game is perfect with a partner. Try to get your partner to guess the word. Every time they miss a letter they get another piece of the hangman. Try to guess the word before he hangs. Comes with an erasable marker.

Bingo Melissa and Doug Travel Game: includes two game boards and four double-sided bingo cards for tons of fun on the go. All pieces are included and there are no loose pieces.

Four in a Row Melissa and Doug Travel Game: includes one double-sided game board with all pieces attached, simply flip them to play. Perfect for travel since you wont lose the pieces. Try to get four in a row!

Traveling With Kids: Summertime Traveling Tips

Summertime brings travel time. We love family vacations, even if as parents we may feel we need a vacation to get over the vacation. After all, traveling with kids can be difficult. That is why we are going to try and give you some quick travel tips that may help making traveling a little easier and less stressful.

baby-in-the-suitcase

Keeping kids happy on long trips is difficult, whether you are on a plane, train, or in a car. There is no one thing that works for all kids. That’s why it is a great idea to have an arsenal of activities ready at your disposal.

1. Snacks and Treats. Hungry kids are not happy kids! Make things easier by keeping ready made snacks with you at all times. Small things like crackers, nuts, pretzels, popcorn, granola, and fruit are easy to grab and go. If you want more variety bring a little cooler. You can add yogurts, cheese, sandwiches, etc. if you are traveling by plane it is nice to have something for the kids to chew on during takeoff and landing as it can help with ear drum pressure. Gum is an excellent idea if your kids can have it, otherwise try pretzels or crackers.

2. Try to do you biggest leg of your trip during a time when the kids will sleep. Fly at night, drive at night, or in the very early morning.

3. Activities arsenal is the trick here. Coloring pages, books, Madlibs, puzzles, travel board games, small toys. Anything to keep them busy and happy.

4. Gadgets Galore. When the activities lose their appeal have a movie handy, a video game, iPads, iPhones, tablets, laptops, and portable video players are a parents Bestfriend. Load them with children’s movies, apps, games, music, and books. When the kids are getting cranky and tired break them out. These can be e perfect last ditch effort to maintain calm.

Traveling can be very stressful without kids, with kids it is twice as difficult. But try to remember the fun you will all have when you finally arrive. It may be hard going, but in the end you can all relax and have fun together.