Etsy Finds: Handmade Travel Games for Kids

Etsy Finds: Handmade Travel Games for Kids

Board games and par­lor games are syn­ony­mous with Christ­mas in our house­hold, and I love this fes­tive fam­ily tra­di­tion. Of course, board games can be played all year round, they’re the ideal activ­ity for long, rainy after­noons in win­ter and per­fect for fam­ily quiet time in the shade dur­ing the sum­mer months. We need to try to play more games together, I think.

I’m not going to share a selec­tion of board games today though. As many of you will be trav­el­ing home after spend­ing Christ­mas with your fam­i­lies, I thought it would be a nice idea to pick a few of my favorite small games for kids; lit­tle sets that they can take in the car, on a plane, on a train, and share with cousins and new-found friends from afar.

Tried and tested clas­sics or inno­v­a­tive and orig­i­nal finds, these games would make lovely presents at Christ­mas, and are worth book­mark­ing for trips and other spe­cial occa­sions through­out the year.

Handmade Car Bingo Travel Game for Kids on Etsy

Car Bingo Game
avail­able for $36 from Pilos­ale

I’m a big fan of Cana­dian designer Heather Shaw’s toys. My chil­dren have one of her orig­i­nal car bingo sets made from plain wood, which they love, but I think this newer, lighter ver­sion looks more prac­ti­cal. The mag­netic fabric-covered boards come with a bag of mag­nets and are pack­aged in a cot­ton bag for easy storage.

Kids from ages three and upwards can either play as a team or sep­a­rately, the idea being to try and spot all of the objects on the board or just one sin­gle row. Pilos­ale makes two dif­fer­ent mod­els, the town or the coun­try, take your pick!

Handmade Tell Me A Story Activity Set by The Small Object on Etsy

Tell Me A Story Activ­ity Set
avail­able for $35 from The Small Object

Sarah Neuburger’s shop is filled to the brim with won­der­ful prod­ucts to spark your children’s imag­i­na­tion but I espe­cially love her story activ­ity sets. Designed to encour­age sto­ry­telling and writ­ing, this set comes with three nat­ural wooden story starter dice, a 50-page match + write notepad and lam­i­nated index sheet. The dice are safely wrapped up in a draw­string muslin car­ry­ing bag.

This sim­ple game can be played by chil­dren of all ages. Lit­tle ones may just wish to use the images on the dice as a prompt to invent a story, while older kids will be able to improve their spelling and vocab­u­lary with the help of the index sheets. Small, fun and very good value for money, I’d say!

Handmade Christmas Puzzle for Kids on Etsy

Christ­mas Puz­zle
avail­able for $23 from Nanu­Graphic

Made in Hun­gary, NanuGraphic’s wooden toys are a lit­tle dif­fer­ent, I think. Their lat­est smaller puz­zles would obvi­ously be per­fect for lit­tle ones at Christ­mas (2 – 3 yrs old). This spe­cial hol­i­day set con­tains three wooden blocks fea­tur­ing four of the artist’s illus­tra­tions: Santa, Snow­man, Rein­deer and Christ­mas Tree.

Tod­dlers will enjoy mix­ing and match­ing the Christ­mas char­ac­ters and the beau­ti­ful pack­ag­ing makes for easy stor­age and travel.

Handmade Rainbow Magnet Train for Kids on Etsy

Rain­bow Mag­net Train
avail­able for $25 from Happy Emo­tions

Gosh, I want to play with a rain­bow mag­net train, don’t you? I love this Lat­vian pocket play­set made from peb­bles found near the Baltic Sea. Sim­ple, col­or­ful and edu­ca­tional, I’m sure chil­dren will have fun build­ing dif­fer­ent trains, count­ing car­riages and learn­ing the col­ors of the rain­bow. Pity the set doesn’t seem to come in a draw­string bag, however.

Handmade Make A Match Travel Game for Kids on Etsy

Make a Match Game
avail­able for $21 from Mama May I

Wooden games are always a favorite! This Montes­sori and Waldorf-inspired Zoo match­ing mem­ory game is small enough to fit in your purse, back­pack, or even your pocket.

All 24 coins are made from nat­ural wood, sanded to a smooth fin­ish and dec­o­rated with 12 pairs of orig­i­nal, whim­si­cal, black ink draw­ings. This is clas­sic game, designed to be enjoyed by the whole fam­ily, comes in an easy-to-carry draw­string pouch.