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6 Great Summer Travel Toys for Little Kids

  • Magic Markers
    Markers? In the car?? Yup. The markers in the Crayola Color Wonder Stow & Go Studio work only on the notebook pages. We tested them and made sure! ($9.99; at Wal-Mart, Target, and Toys "R" Us stores) 3 and up

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  • Tag, You're It
    No matter where you're reading explorer stamps the Tag Junior book pal on the page, he'll hear the written words plus funny sound effects and songs. The chunky little stamp-guy also greets your kid by name! ($34.99; 2 to 4

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    Friendly Skies
    With each spin of a block, your child's adventure around the globe changes. The Thinkativity Soar & Explore Storyteller reads each new version out loud. ($24.99; 2 and up

  • One for the Road
    When you're packing for a trip, the kids would bring the whole house if you let them. Avoid toy overload with the Talking Vacation Car. Aside from being adorable, it teaches new words and tells stories to travel by (in English and Spanish); kids can follow along in the suitcase-shaped picture book. In riddle mode, it helps kids solve funny puzzlers. ($49.99; 18 months and up

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    Zoo Keeper
    It's just what you want him to have on a trip: The Magnetic Color Maze puzzle is captivating, quiet, and has no loose pieces. The magnetized wand moves the enclosed beads. ($16.99; 3 and up

  • Fuss Buster
    What's a Loopapalooza? It's a crazy-fun mix of textured loops, sliding critters, a teether, a mirror, and a jittery bug. But all you really have to remember is this: It's that toy from Infantino that squelches car crankies. ($16.99; 6 months and up