children's travel toys
A well-stocked toy bag makes all the difference to surviving long-distance travel with young children. The toys listed below are ideal for journeys: small, lightweight and interesting enough to capture a child's attention. All are available from Toys Club stores (15/F,8 Queen's Road Central, tel: 2167 8474, and shop 901, Horizon Plaza, 2 Lei Wing Street, Ap Lei Chau, tel: 2836 0875; stores.itoysclub.com).
The Cool Spool Knitting Tool (HK$90), an easy-to-use French-knitting device for ages five and up, is crammed full of colourful wool strands, buttons, beads, hair clips and elastic for hours of creative fun.
Safari's realistically styled, colourful plastic animals are ideal for imaginative play. Each set (HK$55) features 12 animals from different environments, helping children learn which species favour which habitats.
Usborne's flashcard language kits (above; HK$89.50) comprise 50 cards, each with a word and picture on one side and the same word, alone, on the other. Use them to play games or help children practise new vocabulary.
Mattel Games' Travel Scrabble (HK$180) for ages 10 and up entertains two to four players. It has clip-in tiles and comes in a self-contained box. Groovy Girls Checkers (HK$90) is another fun traditional game and is suitable for two players aged seven and older.
Crayola Modelling non-toxic colour clay (HK$15) provides a non-messy way of passing time creatively (or pounding out frustrations). It comes in six bright colours.
Boys will love the Ripley's Believe it or Not Invisible Ink Quiz Books (HK$39 each) and, in a similar vein, Sanrio's Hello Kitty Abracadazzle book (HK$45) book has a series of mazes with invisible coloured images that magically appear when the marker provided is used.
A miniature pack of Glitter Pony Beads (HK$40) contains 1,000 assorted coloured beads for making sparkling jewellery. With so many, you won't worry that half disappear down the side of the airline seat.