On the Road: Our Activity Bag

Our Activity BagWe are off on a family adventure…

For me, the most exciting part of packing is figuring out what types of engaging activities to bring for the all of the “Are we there yet?” and “in-transition” moments. I thought it would be fun to share what we put together.

I have been having a great time documenting bits and pieces of our trip on Instagram, so come on over if you would like to take a peak and say hello…

  1. Blank Sketch Book
  2. Table Topics Conversation Cards
  3. Story Cubes
  4. Camera
  5. 4 Bons Jeux
  6. Make A World by Ed Emberley
  7. Animal Origami
  8. Smencils
  9. Scribble It! Postcards
  10. EcoPencils
  11. Kaleidograph Flora
  12. Barcelona Bag
  13. House of Cards
  14. Hypotrochoid Art Set
  15. Think-Ets
  16. Face Drawing Kit
  17. 3D Doodle Kit


More Great Ideas for Traveling with Children…



With over 10 years of EDU experience and a growing family, Mariah started Playful Learning in 2008 as a resource for parents and teachers. In 2010 Playful Learning received the Parent’s Choice Gold Medal, and in August of 2011, Shambhala Publications released her first book, Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder. Mariah has an M.S. Ed in Elementary Education and was that girl sitting in the back of class thinking about what she would do differently if she was the teacher. Now she is happily working with a team of gifted educators to bring life-changing lessons to children, families, and schools around the world. In her free time she can be found taking long walks, enjoying a cup of tea, or swimming in the Atlantic with her husband and two daughters.



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  1. This is such a fun list–I can’t wait to click all through it and find some keepers myself. Such a lovely presentation, too, and many items I’ve never seen before. I actually have a list of items that I will prepare for our kiddos when we take our (moving) 30 hour car ride across the states…

    I love (and sell :)the Usborne travel wipe clean cards & game cards! We even do them when we’re at home, too 😉 They have ones geared for small children, travel doodles, and games, along with more educational ones like ‘brain games’. Put 5-10 on a little single binder ring and there are 5 packs to hand to the backseat when needed!

    Best travels!
    Sarah M

    1. oh my goodness, love the Marc Vidal site–so many fun things to explore. The ThinkEt kits…I had never seen anything like this until the recent home schooling convention in my state …the premise is the same–so much to do with little random items! 

  2. Oh I want to have a bag with all of those things for myself!!! It feels like yesterday that my own parents put travel activity kits together for us when we went on long car trips from Germany to Greece or South France. I loved them nearly as much as the holiday itself. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing and have a great trip!

  3. Love this activity bag (especially the hypotrochoid art set – sweet!). Have you tried Spot It? It’s another fun game that’s small and easy to travel with. Thanks for the tips.

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