The ten best: Travel Toys

The TrayKit will make journeys fly by
The TrayKit will make journeys fly by
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Things to make life better and easier for you.

1 Kurio – £150 from

Tired of junior digit imprints on your touchscreen? This tablet is designed specifically for kids.

Loaded with the latest Android operating system, it comes with plenty of games.

The seven-inch screen plus camera make it feel quite grown-up, but rugged enough to stand a bit of bashing about.

2 My First Shape Matching Farm/Insects – £10.95 from

A trio of colourful different shapes for the smallest passengers to enjoy on their trip – just match up the shapes to the slots and shrieks of delight will be heard all round. These super cute sets have carry handles and strings on the pieces so they don’t end up lost down the back of seats.

3 TrayKit – £24.99 from

These travel briefcases for youngsters have loads of storage space for gadgets, colouring-in kits and more.

The biggest appeal of the TrayKit is how it unfolds to reveal a big, secure play space so pens and other bits don’t roll away.

4 Rory’s Story Cubes Voyages – £9.25 from

There’s a surprising amount of fun to be found inside this box of tricks.

At first sight, there’s a collection of cubes, each with images printed on them. But there’s more to it than that. Roll them out and create a tale of your own using the nine face-up images and have the family vote on your storytelling skills.

5 Lego Mini Taurus – £7.27 from

Adding to the successful portfolio of buildable Lego games, Mini Taurus is the ideal size to take away on holiday. Start by building your maze and dice, then race around avoiding the Minotaur to claim the sword.

6 Auto Bingo – £2.50 from

Another fun-packed game for all the family to take part, this pack includes loads of tick sheets with items to spot along your journey.

7 Poppin Hoppies – £16.99 from Amazon and Argos.

A crazy popping madness game featuring spring-loaded characters which players push down and then catch as they randomly pop into the air.

Each player has their own Hoppie figure, made up of coloured puzzle parts, and they must catch the corresponding Poppin Hoppies to collect the pieces for their figure.

8 Wham-O Hacky Sack Striker

Kids can test their football skills without the risk of smashing a window by using this durable bean-filled footbag in a football design. Available from Amazon, £7.24.

9 Travel Guess Who? – £4.99 from

This handy-sized version of an old faithful will see you through journey after journey.

Suitable for travellers young and old, it’s a game everyone can play together.

10 Assorted magnetic games – £7.99 from

You get six entertaining games in this set, including Chess, Solitaire, Snakes and Ladders and Ludo.

All those fiddly pieces stick to the boards magnetically and each game folds away in its own little box.