Are you tired of hearing the words "I'm bored" on every single road trip or plane ride? Yeah, me too. That's where sensory toys come in to save the day (and your sanity).
What are Sensory Toys?
Sensory toys are any toy that engages a child's senses, like touch, sight, sound, and even smell. They can be soft and squishy, like stress balls or stuffed animals, while others are more solid and textured, like fidget spinners or sensory balls. The purpose of sensory toys is to provide a safe and enjoyable outlet for kids to explore and manipulate different textures and sensations.
Why Sensory Toys are a Travel Game-Changer
Sensory toys can help calm down anxious or restless kids.
Traveling can be stressful, especially for little ones who are clueless about what's happening. Sensory toys provide a calming outlet for them to express and manage their feelings. For example, a child feeling anxious or overwhelmed may benefit from squeezing a soft, squishy toy to help them feel more relaxed.
Sensory toys can improve focus and attention.
Kids can get easily bored and distracted during long trips, and sensory toys can help to hold their attention and engage them in an activity. For example, a child prone to fidgeting may benefit from using a fidget spinner or sensory ball to keep their hands busy while they focus on other tasks.
Sensory toys can improve fine motor skills.
Many sensory toys require using small muscles in the hands and fingers, which can help to improve fine motor skills. For example, a child who struggles to grip small objects may benefit from using a squishy toy that requires them to manipulate it with their fingers.
Sensory toys are portable and easy to pack.
Sensory toys are typically small and lightweight, making them easy to pack and take wherever you go. They also don't take up much space, so you can bring many toys without weighing down your luggage.
Sensory toys are suited for quiet play.
Many sensory toys are silent or make minimal noise, which is a big plus when in a confined space like a car or plane. This can be especially important if you're trying to avoid disturbing other passengers or when trying to get your child to nap.
Why Non-Screen Toys are the Way to Go
As tempting as it may be to rely on screens to keep kids entertained during long trips, non-screen toys can provide numerous benefits that screens simply can't. Here are just a few:
Non-screen toys encourage imaginative play and creativity.
Screens can be entertaining but don't encourage kids to use their imaginations or engage in creative play. Non-screen toys, on the other hand, provide endless opportunities for kids to come up with their own stories and scenarios, thus, using their creativity to the fullest.
Non-screen toys can improve focus and attention.
Screens can be incredibly distracting, and it's easy for kids (and adults!) to get lost in them for hours on end. Non-screen toys, on the other hand, can help improve focus and attention by providing a more tangible and interactive activity for kids to engage in.
Non-screen toys can improve fine motor skills.
Many non-screen toys require using small muscles in the hands and fingers, which can help to improve fine motor skills. This is especially vital for younger kids who are still developing these skills.
Toys without screens can improve social skills.
Non-screen toys often require kids to interact with others and play together, which can help to improve social skills and encourage teamwork and cooperation. While screens can be isolating and discourage social interaction.
When it comes to non-screen travel toys, Sky Castle Toys has you covered.
First, we have DoodleJamz, the ultimate squish n' shape drawing pad. These hand-held art boards are filled with soft, squishy gel or beads and are perfect for on-the-go doodling and creative play. Plus, they're vacuum-sealed, so you can shake, wobble, or toss them in your backpack without worrying about your designs coming undone. And with their thin design, they're portable enough to fit in any seat pocket or backpack.
And let's not forget about GooToobz, the newest addition to Sky Castle's line of sensory toys. These transparent, hand-held tubes have a super satisfying mix of goo, glitter, and colorful beads that are totally on-trend. They're a sensationally satisfying sensory experience that kids (and even adults!) won't be able to put down.
So next time you're packing for a trip, don't forget to throw in a few DoodleJamz and GooToobz to keep your little ones entertained and happy. Safe travels!