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Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Travel Toys with Tilda and Tom

I am really guilty of letting my children play on their iPads during long journeys but too much screen time really is bad for them so I try to break it up with a few games/toys. I have blogged about our top 5 essentials for surviving car journeys with kids here but today would like to tell you more about Magnetibook's from Tilda and Tom.

Tilda and Tom only sell the finest toys sourced throughout Europe. Designed to be durable and stand the test of times, only toys of the highest quality are sold through their website. Their magnetibooks really stand out for me as the perfect toy to travel with - there are 9 designs to choose from ranging from vehicles, dress up and robots to something more educational featuring letters and numbers.

Magnetibooks from Tilda and Tom


Magnetibooks feature 50+ magnets and a magnetic board all housed inside a handy book which can be closed and easily transported.


I packed this '1-2-3' Magnetibook into the children's travel bag when we went to Butlin's last week. This particular book is aimed at children aged 3-8 which was perfect for us as it suited all three of my children in different ways. Unfortunately I was the designated driver for the whole holiday so don't have any in-car pictures but I would love to share with you the things we loved about Magnetibook.

Our Magnetibook was suitable for a wide range of ages - Jack (aged 4) used it to 'find' numbers, Heidi (aged 6) used it for simple addition and subtraction and Harry (aged 8) used it for multiplication and addition. The children played together and took it in turn to set each other number challenges. I like how there are multiplication tables included so Heidi could test Harry without actually knowing the answer herself.


The numbers were easily stored in the in-built storage tray which also has an additional plastic lid meaning parts aren't likely to get lost and the magnets were strong too.


Our box was super easy to transport. Once closed it doesn't open and is the perfect size to pop into a child's rucksack or a seat pocket.


Magnetibooks were a real hit with our children. I will be packing one in our travel bag on every trip this Summer to enjoy again and again. We also have our eye on the dinosaur and girls dress up books below:-


We are delighted to have been provided with a Magnetibook from Tilda and Tom to giveaway to one lucky reader. You can choose any magnetibook from this range (subject to stock availability) up to the value of £15. UK entries only. Good luck!


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80 comments

  1. My top tip for travelling with kids - quantity (until my daughter's attention span lengthens!) And no tiny bits that can be dropped - magnets sound ideal.

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  2. These look great! We've just done a huge 3 day (15 hour) trip to France in the car so I'm on the look out for inspiration for our return trip next year!

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  3. Top tip....take plenty of snacks!!!

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  4. ooo love these they are fab xx

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  5. take plenty of things to keep them amused, and plenty of snacks xx

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  6. Always have plenty of things to keep them entertained,and a packet of baby wipes!

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  7. We like to make up songs and play make up a story - where we each say one line to make up a story x

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  8. games to play to keep them occupied

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  9. Great blog Sam!!! Thank you! I'd just like to add that winner could also choose from the two £16.50 Magnetibooks too - Robots and Flower Mosaics - which are aimed at age 6 to 9 xx

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  10. pots of healthy snacks and dvd's

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  11. I took my son on a long haul flight when he was two. I bought him a back pack, and filled it will new, small toys and games. I hid it in my bag until we got on the plane. I also took his favourite blanket and a small pillow so that he could have a nap. On the plane he was only allowed to get one toy out at a time. This kept him occupied for fourteen hours.

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  12. I let them set the countdown on the ipad and set it for the approximate journey length, that way they can check that the timer is still ticking and saves the are we nearly there yets!

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  13. Food, always keeps my lot happy when we take food with us and also means if we have to stop in a service station or something like that then they wont beg for expensive food items :)

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  14. They look great and perfect for travelling with children , i have yet to travel with my little two but i think i will be stocking up on these when i do to keep them entertained xx

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  15. Relax, and take plenty things to keep them occupied!

    AShleigh

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  16. Plenty of things to keep them amused and if travelling by car a comfy cushion incase they need a sleep.

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  17. Take a list of games to play and things to do then tick them off as you play them.

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  18. In car dvd player is a life saver

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  19. If a long journey then wet wipes - as let's be honest, something will get spilt back there!

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  20. Try to visit/stop somewhere when on a long journey

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  21. Keep them busy, be it with books, games consoles, music or even I-Spy.

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  22. i always take snacks and colouring things

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  23. travel at nap times and through the night

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  24. Sing a few songs and make up some spotting games xx

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  25. I used to buy Beano/Dandy annuals off the flea market, they loved them

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  26. wee bag pack with special items and some food and drink

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  27. Make sure you charge up the ipads!

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  28. I've yet to travel with the kids but when I was wee I loved it when my mum made a list of things for us to find. I love the countdown idea that someone else suggested, will remember that for when I do travel with my two.

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  29. We've just got back from a long trip to Devon from the North east and i found that a sticker book kept my kids entertained for a good amount of time in between snacks and songs

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  30. take plenty of snacks and things to do like colouring books stickers i pad

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  31. (My comment has gone! Try again!)
    We're off to the Isle of Wight next week. I've got Cheesestrings and dried fruit bars for snacking, Disney playlist (for drowning them out!), a couple of films on the iPad and a huge sticker book each.
    These look fantastic. I'd love to try one.

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  32. Plenty of snacks!

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  33. Travel early morning or late at night ,they will sleep most of the time

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  34. top tip, take plenty of things to do, cards, games, books paper and pens

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  35. sticker books, colouring and snacks

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  36. Lots of games to keep them occupied x

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  37. take items for them to play with

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  38. Bring food, a change of clothes, and some things to read and do.

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  39. Be prepared for every eventuality :)

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  40. Take lots of snacks and singalong music.

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  41. Play lots of games and take other activities to keep them busy

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  42. Play lots of games say spotting the most red,blue or black cars.The first one to spot some rabbits,ducks,horses,sheep etc.I never think reading is a good idea as it can make a child feel car sick.Also don't have the car too hot,again it can make a child feel ill x

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  43. We stop often! I'm worse than them though!

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  44. Lots of games - such a good distraction! :) x

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  45. Wrap up a bunch of cheap toys and give them as gifts every so often.

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  46. Plenty of games, snacks and stops along the way!!

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  47. take granny .. she'll keep them entertained xx

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  48. Pam Francis Gregory15 July 2015 at 21:00

    Favourite sing a long CD

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  49. Tracey Tedford15 July 2015 at 21:25

    Try and take little breaks along the way to get fresh air and have a run about

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  50. pack wet wipes for cleaning up messes, loo roll in case the services are out and a fun sing a long cd for you all :)

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  51. refreshments to keep them happy and tasks to keep them busy if not a dvd in the car always work well

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  52. plenty of snacks, colouring books pens & a silly joke book xx

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  53. gadgets and dvd portabe

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  54. Keep them occupied! dont forget to take things for the journey :) x

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  55. plenty of stimulating games.....toilet stops....and most importantly wet wipes!

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  56. Snacks and plenty of them and a portable DVD player

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  57. Take something to keep them entertained!

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  58. Take some good music to sing along to - my 5 year old loves Frozen x

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  59. OoooooOh, I found this post just in time!
    Top tip for travelling... erm, take sick bags and wet wipes just in case :(
    Keep them distracted with simple games the whole family can get involved in. And no arguments over mummy's music choices!

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  60. Elizabeth Hinds16 July 2015 at 15:54

    Keep snacks and drinks in the car with you, take CD's to play that you know they will enjoy listening to and take books etc to keep them busy :)

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  61. Rice Cakes are a welcome distraction for naughty children!

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  62. take plenty of snacks - leanne w

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  63. Denielle Nicol16 July 2015 at 20:56

    Plenty of entertainment options! From watching their favourite TV show to playing eye spy and court the colours of the cars. Makes time go quicker Dxx

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  64. Take loads of snacks and an Ipad

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  65. Charge up an android device and load it up with peppa pig! Always works for me!

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  66. Car games for the whole family - trips go so much more quickly!

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I always love reading your thoughts and comments - Sam x

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