Tim, co-founder of the family travel site Parentography, passed along his favorite travel toy suggestion:
Here's a hack that has been a big hit for us lately: Our daughter is nearing her second birthday and it is becoming more difficult to get her to sit through an entire meal, drive, flight, etc. Recently, we've discovered Aqua Doodle Mini Mats and they've become a key part of our arsenal for keeping our child occupied and relatively squirm-free during those times when she can't be running around. They're small, easy to use, mess free and reusable. Seeing Ariel or Dora and Boots magically appear with the quick stroke of her water pen brings our daugher a sense of accomplishment and surprise.
We've been Aqua Doodle fans for a long time now — long enough that we came up with a few fun techniques for creating surprising effects.