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Smart Play and Expert Tips for Tech-Free Family Travel Entertainment

Are we there yet? Those four, infamous words are par-for-the-course for practically any family travel adventures. Voyaging near and far with three kids has provided our family with countless tales of memorable events from an enchanted moment with a Disney princess in her maritime grotto to a frigid blast in a high-rise hotel with frozen water pipes. We have enjoyed epic adventures. Connecting with our family and friends in the moment most often requires us to disconnect from technology. We've discovered a few brilliant ideas for smart play and expert tips for tech-free entertainment activities for family travel.

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Smart Play & Expert Tips for Tech-Free Family Travel Entertainment

Entertaining kids requires finding age-appropriate activities providing the ideal balance between being fun and challenging. We've been toting about Mental Blox - On The Go! from Learning Resources. Designed as an easy to carry travel activity for ages 5 and up, Mental Blox - On The Go! is stored in a kid-sized, plastic case with removable tray containing a 30-game & puzzle book, plus 16 colorful puzzle pieces. 

Encouraging critical thinking skills developed through mini games, my 7 year-old son can perfect his Chess skills to defeat his big brother, manipulate his way through a hands-on Sudoku puzzle, or master a game of Memory solo or with a buddy for "head-to-head action". Always ready to play, Mental Blox - On The Go! gives unlimited screen-free play powered by brain-boosting mental awareness. Combining activities created to play alone, with a partner, or with as many as 4 players, adaptability allows everyone to enjoy lots of logic with even more laughs.

Inside voices, outside voices, conversation goes on from sun-up til sundown (and then some!) in our family. Little learners will find power in their own unique voices through Speaker's Box. Replacing tech devices on-the-road, in-flight, waiting for an appointment, or seated at a restaurant, Speaker's Box from Learning Resources builds oral language skills as an individual or group activity for First Grade and up.  

Encased in a brightly designed, portable box, Speaker's Box includes 86 open-ended prompt cards start the art of conversation, strengthening both language and listening skills asking- 

What's Happening Here?/What Comes Next?
Step by Step
Would You Rather?
Things You Like Best

Educational experts from Learning Resources have a few handy ideas for screen-free fun.

Sticky Notes - Keep a supply of sticky note pads available for your child to write, draw, and play at home, on the airplane, in the car, or wherever without worries about cleaning up messes.

Cups and Ice - Busy little hands will enjoy transferring ice cubes back and forth between cups, with a napkin available to wipe away spills as melting ice adds a splash to the fun.

Cereal Rings and Ribbons - Creating a bracelet by adding round-shaped cereal rings onto a ribbon is excellent for developing hand-eye coordination, plus its a tasty treat!

Pipe Cleaners and Empty Spice Container - Bring along a clean spice container with small pieces of pipe cleaners for a quick and easy fine motor skills activity as little little learners insert and remove pipe cleaners through shaker openings.

Gel Window Clings - Large, colorful gel window clings are perfect for facilitating storytelling while decorating windows and tables with adult supervision.

Mint Containers and Mini Pom-Poms - Color identification and sorting with mini pom-poms refine fine motor skills in a fun and easy on-the-go activity.

Find more smart play and expert tips for tech-free family travel entertainment from the Learning Resources Blog.

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