Though our kids have plenty of battery-operated entertainment for our month of travel (Gameboy, Nintendo DS, mp3, etc), we really wanted to encourage them to interact during the many hours in the car, too. The key was to find games and activities that were compact, portable, easy to play, and with pieces that were easy to keep together.
To help with this, Patch Products sent us a product for review from their newly revamped Take ‘N’ Play Anywhere line of magentic games.
We were sent Tic-Tac-Toe to try out. True, you can play Tic-Tac-Toe with a plain ol’ pencil and piece of paper, but this magnetic tin is much more fun to use. I think it’s a pleasant combination of the 6 3/4″ square tin itself, the inherent fun of magnets, the bright colors, the grid printed inside the tin, the big chubby foam Xs and Os, and instructions for a variation of the game called Toss-Tac-Toe.
The kids have really enjoyed playing Tic-Tac-Toe this way, and we’ve discovered that magnetic game sets just make a great deal of sense for travel. They’re fun, compact, inexpensive, don’t need chargers or batteries (hallelujah!), and bring the kids together in play. For future trips, I’ll be considering other products from Patch Products’ Take ‘N’ Play Anywhere line, including Bingo, Checkers, Chess, Dominoes, Matching, Hangman, Steps & Slides, and Go Fishing.