Photo Friday: Travel Toys

The kids check out a lake on Oregon's Mt Hood
The kids check out a lake on Oregon's Mt Hood

This time of year my email is filled with news about the latest travel-related gifts and travel toys, so it's helpful for me to remind myself that all the kids really need is a good stick, some water, and permission to get themselves dirty or wet.

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      1. Tracy Burns on October 11, 2012 at 6:14 p.m.

        Oh the joy of sticks and a source of water. It's amazing how entertaining sticks can be! Add in an empty water bottle, some leaves and dirt ... hours of fun. And lets not forget rocks. My kids can never collect enough rocks. We travelled around Europe with a skittles box full of rocks. Everywhere we go we end up coming home with pockets full of them. This week the kids discovered that their gold and silver crayons could turn plain old rocks into rather convincing gold and silver nuggets. Since then they've been collecting even more rocks than usual to make nuggets to trick Mum and Dad with.

      2. Beth from Cloud Surfing Kids on October 11, 2012 at 7:29 p.m.

        Such a good thing to remember. Parenting can be so overwhelming at times. It's easy to forget the little things that can bring our children joy don't always have to be purchased.

      3. Keryn @ Walking on Travels on October 12, 2012 at 3:03 a.m.

        Yup. All my boy needs is a few rocks and a good stick to have the best time. Throw in a walk by some construction equipment (like we did in San Marino yesterday) and it is the best trip of his life!

      4. Steve on October 12, 2012 at 9:33 a.m.

        Sticks and water are probably the best toys, but it looks like there's a bit of an arms race brewing there. One stick is definitely bigger than the other.

      5. Kate on October 12, 2012 at 10:47 a.m.

        Love your photo!

        Do wood chips count as sticks...? It seems that's all my little guy wants to "play" with when we go to the park :)

      6. Duke on October 13, 2012 at 3:07 a.m.

        Great photo....Flashing me 30 years backward.......

      7. Sandra Foyt on October 13, 2012 at 6:22 a.m.

        Ha! Reminds me of Wired Magazine's GeekDad article on "The Five Best Toys of All Time."

        The best toys are those run by imagination, no?

      8. Debbie on October 13, 2012 at 8:46 p.m.

        Eilan comes home from school almost every day with a special rock secreted away in his lunch box. By the end of the school year, I'll probably feel morally obligated to buy the school a bag of river rock ;)

      9. randy sanders on October 17, 2012 at 1:16 p.m.

        Waaaaay cool!!!