Our family of 5 has been living full-time, in our 35-ft Winnebago for about 6 months. Our kiddos are ages 5, 6 and 9. In no particular order, here are 10 of our favorite toys.
1. Legos/Lego Technic/Lego Friends – each kiddo has a small clear storage bin from Costco for their Lego collection. They have all been enjoying making stop-motion animation using an old cell phone camera. I’m going to give them this “outdoor adventure people pack” on our 6 month Winnebago anniversary (coming soon…!).
2. Mad Mattr Brick Builder – this stuff never dries out and doesn’t get stuck in hair, clothes, or carpet. It’s all the fun of play dough, with super easy cleanup. We got a pink pack and a blue pack and after a few minutes there was only purple!
3. Sticker Mosaics – these are great for driving days, they combine art with fine motor skills and number recognition. It’s the least messy art project we have found.
4. Hot Wheels Track Builder Stunt Box, and Hot Wheels cars – this set combines Hot Wheels tracks with Lego type bricks and everything gets put away in the plastic bin that doubles as part of the track.
5. Games: Our most frequently played board games are: Destination USA & Clue Junior (thanks Rookie Roadsters for the suggestions), Uno, Battleship, Checkers/Chess/Chinese Checkers, and Jenga.
*We started having friends that we meet sign their name on a Jenga block with a permanent marker as our RV “guest book”.
6. Book Series: Little House on the Prairie, The Boxcar Children, Beverly Cleary’s Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, and Ralph books, and American Girl
7. Prismacolor colored pencils and white paper – our kiddos have drawing time almost every night before bed while I read aloud.
8. Bikes and helmets – we have had lots of fun riding bikes. K and B both graduated from training wheels since we started living in the Winnebago.
9. Razor scooters and helmets – when we are staying at an RV park that has paved roads/sidewalks, the scooters are quick and easy to pull out for a ride around the block. (Add a plastic shopping bag for a parachute cape, lol)
- We also purchased a “slow sign” that makes me feel better about the kids riding bikes and scooters in some RV parks that don’t monitor the speed limit as well as I’d like.
10. DVDs – I’d love to be one of those families that doesn’t watch any TV. But we’re just not one of those families. We all look forward to Friday night movie night when we watch an episode of the Little House on the Prairie TV series staring Michael Landon. I have some educational options like What’s in the Bible with Buck Denver (thanks to L.R. for the suggestion), Liberty’s Kids, and Reading Rainbow. I really enjoy books made into movies so we can read a book, then watch a movie and discuss the differences and similarities. Charlotte’s Web, Winnie-the-Pooh, Ramona and Beezus, and The Secret Garden are some of our past favorites. I’m planning on using American Girl books and DVDs, Heidi, Mandie, and My Side of the Mountain in the future. We are currently reading and watching the Little House on the Prairie series. To save space, we store our DVDs in a zippered case. We toss the plastic cases that the DVDs come in into the recycling bin.
I hope you find these suggestions useful when planning what toys to purchase for the kiddos in your life.
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🎥 What’s your favorite kids movie or book/movie combo?