Our Favorite Activities & Toys for Traveling

Our Favorite Activities & Toys for Traveling

I don't claim to be an expert on traveling with a child, but I definitely have enough experience at this point to share which activities entertained Blythe on the 15 flights we've taken in the past 6 months, 4 of which were long-haul flights (plus numerous train rides and extended travel time in cars).  In addition to the obvious recommendation that you pack plenty of snacks, particularly those that take a while to eat and will thus keep your child occupied, these are the toys and games that have served us well.  

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Mo Willems Pigeon Artwork

Common North American Dreaming Depot Pigeon ( limited edition poster published by Beinecke Library )

Common North American Dreaming Depot Pigeon (limited edition poster published by Beinecke Library)

We talk a lot about whether we should let the pigeon drive the bus in our family so I was thrilled to see Mo Willems artwork featured in a recent alumni news story from my college (I don't often read these closely so I feel lucky to have stumbled upon this).  Yale's Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library requested Willems to create a whimsical rendering of Pigeon in the style of John J. Audubon's "Birds of America".  Copies of the limited-edition poster are for sale, with net profits supporting New Haven Reads, a community resource center and literacy program in New Haven, Connecticut.  

Primary Kids Clothing

Primary Kids Clothing

I'm a bit late to the game on learning about Primary, a baby and children's gender-neutral fashion brand offering a range of items (shorts, leggings, t-shirts, dresses, skirts, swimwear, etc.) in a rainbow of solid colors.  I don't know about you, but I have found it next to impossible to find affordable, solid-colored clothes for B.  Occasionally I'll find them at H&M or Target, but often they are sold out which is frustrating.  And as much as I love patterns and cute prints, I like to pair them with solids.  

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Favorite Children's Books from Abroad

Favorite Children's Books from Abroad

We haven't acquired much in our travels, but one thing we've loved picking up in each country we visit is a new book (or two) for Blythe.  A few of our new favorites are from a particular country, a few are about countries we've visited, and some are from the US or the UK but are new to us in our travels.  

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Travel Notes: Golden Bay & Abel Tasman National Park

Travel Notes: Golden Bay & Abel Tasman National Park

New Zealand is known for places like the Milford Sound and for the adventure-seeking hub of Queenstown, but our experience has beenthat where New Zealand really shines is in its dramatic, rugged coastline, islands, crystal-clear water, and scenic bays.

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