Travel Toy: Automoblox!

When travelling with kids and packing most everything of everything, it’s hard to also think about what toys will keep your kids from ripping apart your hotel room.  One of our favorite travel toys became Automoblox!

 

Automoblox come in two sizes, mini and I suppose, non-mini (or just an Automoblox).  We only have traveled with the minis, leaving the bigger ones for fun at home.
The beauty of the Automoblox is that from a few cars, you can mix and match to make new creations.  A small collection of seven mini cars makes the above pile of fun.
And pretty cool, each car has their own Vehicle Identification Number, just like a real car.
This toy is not for the under three crowd, as my son shows us by placing a wheel in his mouth.
Seven mini cars only fill about half of a gallon sized bag (I love to travel with lots of zip lock bags, perfect for little toy collections.)
And from those cars, there are lots of options making new cars and creations.  They are very well made and perfect for racing.
I am typically fairly laid back as a parent, however, nothing brings out a streak of obsessive/compulsive behavior in myself like a mess of Automoblox.  The top photo in the collage is a thing of my nightmares!  To make it worse for me, more fun for kids, the wheels come off their rims too.  I think it’s because I like them so much, I just want to ensure we keep all the pieces together.  It’s been more than 4 years and our collection is still complete!  (Knock on wood, I say that and we will lose something!)
We have purchased the majority of our Automoblox just on Amazon.com, but they are also available in specialty toy stores/gift shops.  I hope they are available world wide, it’s a very fun toy for boys and girls (my daughters love them too!)  Check out http://www.automoblox.com/home

About the author:

Prior to becoming a traveling opera wife and full-time mother, Ann Hinckley Stucki studied socio-cultural anthropology as an undergraduate and went on to receive her master’s degree in social work. She has worked in a variety of fields from health education, mental health/community/school social work, geriatrics, childbirth labor support, and disease prevention in Latin America. Her research pursuits have taken her from a Costa Rican/Nicaraguan border dispute to London, England to present graduate research at a Medical Anthropology conference. Additionally, she is an award-winning photographer and enjoys portrait work. She also teaches fire breathing. Brian Stucki has been singing professionally full-time for more than six years, taking his family on the road with him. He has sung with companies and orchestras from coast to coast and on three continents. Highlights include The Pearl Fishers with Seattle Opera, Così fan tutte with the New Israeli Opera, Haydn’s Creation, with Boston Baroque, The Barber of Seville with the Compaña Nacional de Mexico in Mexico City, and The Fall of the House of Usher with the Polish National Opera..