Brainstring Travel Toy
Looking for unplugged entertainment for on-the-go travel? Tuck away the headphones, put down the Kindle or iPad, and engage in old-fashioned travel toys introduced before electronics entered the scene. On a recent road trip to Carmel, I put the Brainstring Advanced in the backseat with our two teenagers. While the toy is geared for ages 8 and up, my 19 year old likes puzzles, Sudoku and Rubik’s cube, so I thought the Brainstring Advanced might capture her attention. In fact, both the 19 year old and our 16 year old son played with the toy for about a half hour each.
Figuring out this challenging brain teaser will stretch your puzzle-solving skills to the next level and keep travelers entertained while on the road. Touted as the “Rubik’s cube of the next generation,” the Brainstring Advanced makes a good travel toy whether on a bus, flying on a plane, or riding in the car. Personally, I am not a Rubik’s cube kind of gal. If I saw this toy on a coffee table, I’d ask how you play it, and then I would pass it to my game-playing, high IQ achieving daughter. Neither of our teenagers solved the Brainstring Advanced, so I do wonder how an 8 year old would fair with this toy, but like travel, it’s about the journey, not necessarily the destination, right?
How to Select the Best Travel Toys
For car and airplane travel, I feel the best travel toys are ones that don’t make noise and don’t have small pieces that will fall under car and airplane seats. While my children are no longer in the tween and under age group, my teenage son and his carpool buddies still reach for the old-fashioned Etch A Sketch and Mad Libs when we travel to sports-related tournaments.
What are your favorite travel toys and best kids apps?
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Suggested retail of Brainstring Advanced $16.95
Recent Toys USA supplied me with this product for review.