“En Route to Building a Better Brain” from TDMonthly is a great article on incorporating educational toys into your family’s travel plans. It’s a great read at a perfect time, if you’re planning a road trip for this summer. Make sure to read our own Peter Petracco’s tips not only on car toys, but products for destination rewards and rest area activities as well.

Sometimes keeping everyone happy and sane requires some creative thinking. “Don’t always assume that toys that are labeled as travel toys are the only option during a trip,” Petracco suggested. For example, nature kits that center on bugs, leaves or another element of the natural world are a fun way to enjoy the rest stops along the way. Plus it allows kids to burn off some of that pent up energy from sitting in the car for so long.