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No-Prep Travel Activities for Kids

No-Prep Travel Activities for Kids + Giveaway - A Wandering Vine

 No-Prep Travel Activities for Kids + Giveaway

Travel Activities for Kids

If you’re planning to travel with kids for the holidays, you’re probably wondering how to keep them entertained on a long drive or flight. I’ve put together a list of travel activities for kids that have helped us in the past, plus a few I’m saving for our next trip. Don’t worry if you’re not crafty, these don’t require any preparation or craftiness. They are all available on Amazon and they won’t take up much space in your luggage. These would also make great stocking stuffers or after-school activities.

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Wikki Stix

No-Prep Travel Activities for Kids - A Wandering Vine

Wikki Stix are wax-covered pieces of yarn that can be used to create shapes and objects. You can pack Wikki Stix alone for freestyle creations, or bring along companion products for practicing letters, numbers and counting, or shapes.

Masks and Hats

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The Masks & Cuffs set kept my kids occupied for hours on a recent road trip. My son wore his mask everywhere we went for days. They were a big hit, and my husband commented on what a good purchase they were. I plan to purchase them again with this set for next time. There is also a girly set of masks if you prefer.

Design-Your-Own Bangles, Bracelets, and Headbands

No-Prep Travel Activities for Kids - A Wandering Vine

My kids loved decorating the bracelets on a recent road trip, and they had something fun to wear afterward. This set also includes headbands and bangles, or you can purchase them separately. There are also rings and wristbands that look fun.

Water Wow!

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I’ve loved Melissa & Doug Water Wow for years. Just fill the little brush with water, and kids can “paint” the pages with no mess. The only potential for mess is if the child manages to twist open the brush and spill the water. Fortunately, it’s such a small amount of water that the mess will be minor. Once the page dries, it can be repainted. We also love these for restaurants. This set includes letters and numbers, but there are several options for younger children with pictures.


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Melissa & Doug ColorBlast! are similar to Water Wow, but no water is necessary. The included marker contains the water to color the pages. Let the kids color without worrying about markers on the car or couch.

Mess-Free Glitter

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I got a few Melissa & Doug Mess-Free Glitter kits from Target the other day, and my kids loved them. They’re not messy and would be perfect for traveling.

Tape Activity Book

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I have the Melissa & Doug Tape Activity Book saved for our next trip. No mess and good hand-eye coordination practice.

Travel Buddies

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The My Studio Girl Travel Buddies is for ages 8 and up, so I’m saving this idea for when my kids are a little older. It’s a fun activity to stitch the travel buddy, then they can tuck them in the little bed. It says for girls, but I would totally buy this for my son.

What are your kids’ favorite travel activities? Scroll down for the giveaway!


Cash for the Holidays Giveaway

Are you getting geared up for the shopping season? Do you need extra cash for the holidays?? Don’t we all!

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If you would like to win a gift card to spend on holiday gifts, travel activities for kids, or whatever you wish, we are so excited to be giving away $330 in cash prizes for you to use starting Thanksgiving weekend.

Here are the prizes:

1 – $100 Amazon Gift Card
1 – $75 Target Gift Card
2 – $50 Walmart Gift Card
1 – $25 Kohls Gift Card
3 – $10 Starbucks Gift Card

There will be 8 winners in this giveaway. Each winner will receive a gift card code to use on the online store or in the actual store.

Now it’s time to meet our wonderful co-hosts who have made this giveaway possible.

Cash for Christmas

Starting at the top row we have:

Terri – Christmas Tree Lane, Melissa – The Farm Girl Gabs, Christine – Your Strong Tower, Audrey – That Recipe & Munofore, Dana – Goods Giving Back, Tammy – Creative K Kids, Trish – Creative Simplicity by Trish Sutton, Kim – Shopping Kim and Enter Online Sweeps, Ali – Home Crafts by Ali and Ali’s Book Nook, Kelly – Typically Simple, Kim – The Resourceful Mom, Katie – The Ramblings of an Overtired Mama, Angie – God’s Growing Garden, Sarah – Devastate Boredom, Karen – Raising Little Superheroes, Gina – Money Savvy Living, Beverly – Eclectic Red Barn, Melissa – Deliciously Savvy, Beth – Our Pretty Little Girls, Meredith – The Mom of the Year, Laura – Michigan Saving and More, Debbie – Heartbeats ~Soul Stains, Carol – The Red Painted Cottage, Tiffany – A Wandering Vine, Monica – Mommy & Love, Holly – Keeping Life Sane, Sinea – Ducks ‘n a Row, Cindy – Simple Steps for Living Life, Tammy – My Life Abundant, Kari – Keep It Simple DIY, Danielle – Dancing with My Daughter

Please stop by and say hi to these wonderful ladies and their blogs.

The giveaway will end midnight on Wednesday, November 24th, the night before Thanksgiving. You will have 48 hours to respond to the email claiming the prize. If you respond right away, we will get you the gift card code promptly so that you can shop with it on Black Friday! If we don’t hear in 48 hours, we will choose another winner.

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  1. Jasmine Escobedo

    I try to get my Christmas shopping done within a few months of Christmas but it’s not always possible

  2. Dotty J Boucher

    I try to get as much as I can before Thanksgiving, but it usually ends up after Thanksgiving, since I have 9 grandchildren to shop for now , It just takes me longer LOL..

  3. JS

    I definitely do it all after thanksgiving

  4. Anita Duvall

    I already have the majority of my Christmas Shopping finished! I shop all year. Usually the first leaf to fall finds me shopping for the Holidays!!

  5. Amber

    I had never heard of these, such a great idea. I am always trying to think of anything to occupy my son while we go on long drives.

  6. Ronald Gagnon

    Always before..I hate the mad scramble that always ensues when people try to find bargains after thanksgiving

  7. Emily Endrizzi

    I do almost all of my holiday shopping after Thanksgiving.

  8. Jennifer Bay

    Oh my son loves the Color Wow! Thanks for the great giveaway! We could all use extra cash around the holidays!

  9. Bethany Stout

    What a great giveaway! Thanks for sharing it. I love all the ideas on activities for travel.

  10. sandy brandon

    Most of my shopping I try to do on Black Friday weekend. I do my best to get it all finished up by the 1st week of December!!

  11. Amanda H

    I try to get finished up the week before Christmas.

  12. dawn Gordon

    I do my shopping after Thanksgiving since ours is in October not November like you guys!!!

  13. E H

    I do most of the shopping after Thanksgiving – for now I am just hoping to get the turkey done for the next coming week – that’s my goal
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