Two of my great passions in life are dining out and travelling – and often times these days it’ll be with my kids.
But let’s be honest – eating out and travelling with kids can be a stressful rather than enjoyable experience if I’m spending all my time trying to keep them quiet and still.
Over the years I’ve tried all sorts of tricks, including books, busy bags and when desperate, the iphone. But what I, and my kids, have discovered and love are Tiger Tribe’s Activity Sets – small portable packages of colourful and creative activities.
Tiger Tribe are an Australian company that makes thoughtful, creative and well-made toys and games for children. All the design is done in Australia and then manufactured offshore.
Our recent trip to Bendigo was the perfect opportunity to test out a range of Tiger Tribe’s Activity Sets. Two kids, a long car ride and four days in close quarters equalled the potential for major bickering if I didn’t have entertainment options up my sleeve.
Thankfully, every single one of the packs was a hit, though I noticed that some were more suitable for Lady AB (5 yo) than Baby 2.0 (3 yo).
For the 3 year old I recommend the Magic Painting World, as there’s no mess with maximum satisfaction as it only takes water for the pictures to appear. And the pictures can be reused and ‘painted’ again and again.
The Paper Scrunch World is also great because what kid doesn’t love scrunching paper and stickers?
For the 5 year old I recommend the Postcard Kit, as the colouring-in can be quite intricate and because (washable) textas are used.
Similarly, the Stencil Kit is better for the 5yo as stencilling requires slightly better fine motor skills and once the outline is drawn the colouring pencils can be used to colour-in.
The more traditional colouring kits were suitable for both ages. The Colouring Sets and Oodle Doodles both comes with drawing pad and stickers, the only difference being the Colouring Sets use washable markers and Oodle Doodles use stackable crayons which are more suitable for little hands just learning to grip a pen.
As well as encouraging quiet, creative activities I particularly like the neat and colourful packaging of each of the kits, as most of the kids fold up into a neat carry case or box. The box unfolds so one side contains your tools – stencils, crayons, stickers, colouring pencils. The other side contains a paper pad or postcards. The World Activity Sets come in larger sized cardboard briefcase with a carry handle.
The parts are all durable and well-constructed – for instance, the stencil cardboard is thick enough to withstand rough handling and the colouring pencils are double-ended so you can fit more in the box. Note I recommend the smaller packs for plane travel as they will fit into a small backpack and open onto an aeroplane tray table.
Best of all, each set is reasonably priced, under $20 each, and will provide hours of entertainment for your next cafe outing or plane trip. I now keep sets in the boot of the car!
- Dinosaur Colouring Set
- Day at the Zoo Colouring Set
- 1 x Oodle Doodles Crayon Set – (random designs)
- Magic Painting World – Things that Go
- Paper Scrunch World – Fly Away With Me
- Stencil Kit
- Postcard Kit
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