Tech Toys for Kids
Updated: Friday, August 2 2013, 10:26 PM EDT
When preparing to take a road trip or plane ride with kids, it can be a struggle to find things to keep them occupied without loading yourself down with more stuff to carry—toys, games and books. Technology is making it easier to keep kids creatively entertained without the hassle, and without relying on movies for hours on end.
A tablet is an efficient device to keep kids engaged during the down time. From the latest best seller to beloved classics to picture books, travelers can have multiple titles at their fingertips by loading eBooks to their smartphone or tablet pre-flight with Kindle for Android. And, the latest issues of magazine and newspapers can be downloaded for in-flight reading through apps such as NOOK or Zinio.
Parents can plan ahead and load a tablet with kid-friendly activities. The ColoringBook app has more than 100 images for children to color, minus the mess of markers and crayons.
To enhance the coloring experience on tablets, the Crayola DigiTools ($39.99) mobile accessory comes with tools including a digital crayon and airbrush.
Games like Uno and Scrabble can also be downloaded to devices to entertain and make the most of family time during a long flight. Or, pick up the ZombieBurbz tablet accessory. ZombieBurbz is a fun game with lightweight figurines that activate the play.
Using mobile devices to lighten the weight of carry-on bags can reduce the strains on travelers, keeping both parents and kids happy for the ride!