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Monday Madness: Win a Travel Size Magna Doodle

Have you ever desperately reached into your over-sized “mom bag” searching for a pen or broken crayon and a piece of paper to amuse your child?  Well, step aside grubby receipt and dried up marker because the travel size Magna Doodle is in the “building”.

The travel size Magna Doodle is perfect to keep in your diaper bag or carry on bag because it’s small and light.  We love how easy it is for even small uncoordinated hands to use because your child hardly needs to exert any pressure on the writing surface to make a mark.  The writing surface is firm so it’s easy to use on the go even if your child is bouncing up and down in a stroller.  My favorite thing of all is you don’t have to deal with messy ink and you can keep using it again and again. Kids will be just as amused erasing their drawings with the little lever as they are with drawing with the magnetic pen.  The travel size Magna Doodle is a tried and true product for traveling with kids.

The Steal:  Win a Travel Size Magna Doodle

Trekaroo is giving away a travel size Magna Doodle to six lucky kiddos.

Number of Winners: Six (6) winners

Prize: One travel size Magna Doodle.

How to enter:

Leave a comment telling us about some cool products you’ve discovered that are great for traveling with kids on a road trip, plane trip or camping trip.  We want to know what’s so great about it too.

For additional entries, feel free to do any or all of the following. Each one counts as an extra entry but be sure to LEAVE A SEPARATE COMMENT FOR EACH ONE.

  • Write a review on Trekaroo and post a link to it in the comments (include your Trekaroo username) one entry per review.  (each review gets you 5 entries)
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  • Tweet a link to this Monday Mad Steal via @Trekaroo
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Rules and guidelines:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • US Residents only

Deadline to enter: Sunday, August 15, 2010 at 11:59PM PST

What is Monday Madness?

Every Monday, Trekaroo announces on our blog, either a fantastic giveaway or an incredible deal.  It could be a green water bottle, a hotel stay on Maui or theme park tickets. Return every Monday to the Talking Trekaroo Blog for the details. Want a reminder? Become a Trekaroo member or follow us on facebook or twitter.

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78 Responses to Monday Madness: Win a Travel Size Magna Doodle

  1. Larissa Harris July 26, 2010 at 1:20 pm #

    My kids love my IPhone so much and beg my husband and I to play with ours, we finally gave in and bought the kids their own used IPod Touch’s. You can get a good deal on them on Ebay, and they are cheaper than buying a DVD player for the car (which I was faced with having to do replace ours at the time). I can put their own movies, music, and games on them, and they are occupied for the whole trip. They can even bring them inside the restaurants so we can eat peacefully! The games are often educational so they can learn while being entertained too! You must get a good rubber case for them if the kids are little though! Mine are 6 & 8 and have done really well with them.

  2. Judith J July 26, 2010 at 1:23 pm #

    My favorite “travel product” is actually free. We get MP3 or Books on CD from the library. Since they are free, each child gets to pick their own. Then, set them up with their own headphones, and they can be occupied for hours!

  3. Cathy July 26, 2010 at 1:25 pm #

    traveling with a DVD player is a great way to travel on long road trips. my kids have separate headsets, all given to them by an Aunt when boredom and bickering kicks in the movie starts. like traveling on an airplane. everyone’s happy

  4. Mandy Ferry July 26, 2010 at 2:29 pm #

    A cheap option but a good one is the paddle ball, where the ball is attached to the bat by a string. This way they can play with it in confined spaces when traveling as well as at your destination.
    You don’t have to worry about trying to find a ball that’s gone missing, nor do you have to worry about them breaking something.

  5. erin July 26, 2010 at 2:41 pm #

    I recently found some little einsteins magnetic dry erase books that my boys love. I’ve taken them for now so they’ll be new and exciting for our next road trip.

  6. Maria July 26, 2010 at 3:05 pm #

    A metal cookie sheet and play magnets…. could be letters, numbers, cars, airplanes, animals. The kids love to play with their magnets that way. Great for road trips.

  7. Nicole July 26, 2010 at 6:25 pm #

    I love the little snack cups that prevent spills (or at least decrease the number of spills). Our other go to travel toy is an old cell phone. Our son could spend hours playing with that!

  8. Nicole July 26, 2010 at 6:27 pm #

    I tweeted this giveaway.

  9. Fleur July 26, 2010 at 11:39 pm #

    Pack a special entertainment bag (for us a little suitcase on wheels with the standard books, toys, etc. for the kids with inexpensive dry erase boards, sticker books, crafts, toys, play dough, cars, etc and wrap each of them in comics or plain wrap or fun wrapping paper. Throughout the trip, set milestones where they can upwrap one of the wrapped items and add to their collection of entertainment choices. It keeps the trip stash fresh without buying along the way. I collect these items throughout the year in preparation for our next trip.

  10. Myeerah July 27, 2010 at 8:58 pm #

    On any road trip we always make sure our kids pack at least one book! They are great for in the car or waiting anywhere like the hotel room. We also bring a notebook the boys like to make stories, draw pictures or write journal entries about what they see during the drive.

  11. Robin July 28, 2010 at 9:56 am #

    When we are driving for a while in the car, one of the best things for our family is the Leapster 2. My boys have several different games, and it keeps them quiet, and entertained while they are learning too!

  12. Robin July 28, 2010 at 9:58 am #

    Etch a sketch is always a good one too! There are a few different ones in the stores now for a nice variety. You can even get a pink one for the little girls in the family!

  13. Kristie July 29, 2010 at 8:07 am #

    We have discovered Floam, and have brought it with us on road trips. This stuff is fantastic! It is like play-do, only better. It doesn’t dry out or leave crumbs or damage anything. It comes in bright colors, and you can use the play-do tools on it, such as the rolling pin, scissors, etc. The perfect thing for a young kid on a road trip!

  14. Kim July 29, 2010 at 9:45 am #

    We just went on a long (cross-country) airplane ride and I got all sorts of stuff. But the winner, the one he really wanted to play with for 15+ minutes? I bought a coat at a thrift store and cut off the collar which had 2 big buttons, and he practiced with the buttons!

  15. Michael D. Barton, FCD July 29, 2010 at 9:46 pm #

    1. My son seems to really enjoy having little animal figurines – like the ones you get in those “toobs” at natural history museum stores. They keep him busy in his booster seat!

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  16. Kim C. July 29, 2010 at 10:28 pm #

    The car is the one place we don’t mind having the books with pop-out steering wheels and simple buttons with sounds. We’ve got a couple different ones that we picked up at Costco, and he grabs the one he wants as he gets into the carseat. Any other environment and they’re too noisy for me, but in the car works just fine for me. But I may try the buttons on an upcoming road trip…

  17. Erika Christ July 30, 2010 at 4:50 am #

    Activity books – stopped at Lakeshore Learning Center before our trip and got our son a 2nd grade skills book and my daughter a wipe-off alphabet book with dry erase pen to practice writing letters.

  18. Dana July 30, 2010 at 1:28 pm #

    Travel bingo is fun and keeps my daughter occupied. To mark the spots she must watch where we are going and find items like a water tower, railroad crossing sign, a river or bird on a wire. This game has lead to learning a lot of new vocabulary. We also play I-Spy and Scavenger Hunt along the way. Travel bingo comes in disposable tear away sheets and travel boards. It is great for all ages. If you can’t find the game, make up your own board ahead of time.

  19. Brenda July 30, 2010 at 3:37 pm #

    I love all the travel games for road trips. We like Sorry, travel bingo, shut the box, and yahtzee. These games are contained in a little box, so you don’t lose the pieces as you pass them around the car, and everyone likes to play them.

  20. SANDY July 30, 2010 at 3:54 pm #

    etch a sketch, and crayon/paper

  21. michelle rollins July 30, 2010 at 10:06 pm #

    Most of the time when we take long trips in the car My daughter wants to take her big items but i have found it is way to hard to color while riding in a vechicle.. We like to bring the laptop in the car,etch a sketch and playing cards,books.. We do not do much camping…

  22. Stephanie V. July 30, 2010 at 10:52 pm #

    stickers, books that have doors, portable dvd player – all keep them occupied and entertained
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  23. Charlotte July 31, 2010 at 8:41 am #

    My son loves kitchen magnets. Those little letters and numbers with magnets. He is old enough to have them. He also carries his favorite toys. Also, having plenty of healthy snacks and drinks help too. We also have a car DVD player.

  24. lataevea July 31, 2010 at 10:03 am #

    I follow you on twitter, what a great contest.


  25. Sharon C July 31, 2010 at 1:07 pm #

    Stuffed animals or books keep my granddaughter occupied. And she loves to listen to her own music cd’s.

  26. Sue July 31, 2010 at 2:41 pm #

    A pair of binoculars for sports, an etch a sketch, a box of colored pencils and a sketch pad or two, a whistle.

  27. Penny W July 31, 2010 at 5:21 pm #

    We don’t use anything fancy. Books are generally good. We like those because they are quiet. Stuffed animals work well because they can be played with or used as pillows.

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  32. sarah woods August 1, 2010 at 2:40 pm #

    WOW wer are now into our third generation of Magna Doodles. My husband teaches elementary art. A firm believer in creativity of Magna Doddle.

  33. sandra August 2, 2010 at 6:17 am #

    we like the leapster 2. it’s small, portable, and can be educational as well as purely entertaining

  34. brandlyn August 2, 2010 at 7:32 am #

    my kids love the card games like Old Maid and UNO. Keeps them quiet for hours!

  35. evelyn August 2, 2010 at 10:49 am #

    for my little travelin man

  36. Lyra Schroeder August 2, 2010 at 2:37 pm #

    So, I don’t have any fantastic tips! We’ve never been on an airplane, taken a camping trip, or a longer than 4 hour car ride with the kids! The best I can say is make sure you bring lots not messy snacks, like Gerber Puffs! We are taking our first trip in September (14 hour car ride) so winning this would be FANTASTIC for our 3 1/2 year old! Thanks for the chance!

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  43. kim shook August 4, 2010 at 8:28 am #

    I pack a special bag with crayons, coloring books, travel games such as connect 4 checkers , etch sketch and books

  44. nadine m August 4, 2010 at 8:22 pm #

    I always visit the dollar store before going on a trip and stock up on coloring books, crayons and writing pads.

  45. Pam S. August 7, 2010 at 7:29 pm #

    My kids have the older Gameboy Advance (can’t afford the new DSI). We have managed to collect several games for these at garage sales. My kids love to play with these on trips.

  46. Sue E August 8, 2010 at 9:27 pm #

    The older kids amuse themselves with their video games. My 6 yr old had a good time recording one of our road trips with his own camera. We told him things to photograph and that kept him busy looking, Portable DVD players have been a lifesaver for our toddler.

  47. Sue E August 8, 2010 at 9:32 pm #

    I follow trekaroo on Twitter as suebaby05

  48. Pat August 10, 2010 at 11:19 pm #

    Travel bingo and stickers

  49. jennifer bowen August 12, 2010 at 10:26 pm #

    well on are road trips we still play the game a-z and i spy please ad me in for this thanks

  50. jennifer bowen August 12, 2010 at 10:27 pm #

    i also subcribe to newsletter jenny9675309[at]

  51. Holly Miller August 13, 2010 at 2:37 pm #

    Portable dvd players do wonders! bring some of their fav. movies & tv shows along & your all set!

    Holly Miller

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  53. Sarah C August 14, 2010 at 1:45 pm #

    ASL flashcards are great too. Keeps their brain busy. I-Spy bags are good too.

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  58. Ellie W August 14, 2010 at 4:34 pm #

    We recently went on a road trip with our 5 year old and 3 year old. The portable DVD player was a sanity saver!

  59. julia August 14, 2010 at 6:34 pm #

    magnetic license plate game – self-contained

  60. Leandrea August 14, 2010 at 8:29 pm #

    My girls love taking Polly Pockets with us. They put all the pieces in zip lock bags so they don’t lose (too many) pieces!

  61. Suzie G August 15, 2010 at 1:34 am #

    My daughter is a big fan of Look and Find books. They keep her busy for a good while on car rides. We also like audio books for the CD player.

  62. taylorbagels August 15, 2010 at 1:46 am #

    Connect four, Uno cards, viewfinder and kaleidoscopes keep the kids busy and fun

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  64. Jack Palmer August 15, 2010 at 4:45 am #

    We get free books from the library on cd for the kids to listen to while traveling. thank you.

  65. dani August 15, 2010 at 5:31 am #

    I am old school so my fav is etch a sketch. We also found my old simon and the kids loved playing with it.

  66. Angela Livingston August 15, 2010 at 7:46 am #

    My kids brought their DS’s and MP3 players with us this summer. It was great…no arguing although I can’t count how many times I had to tell them to leave it in the car

  67. Steph August 15, 2010 at 8:39 am #

    My favorite traveling product is the Leapster 2 game system. Fun, educational and the games can be easily stored in a pocket. Also the My Busy Kit is great for traveling. Lots of little things to keep the kids interested and busy.

  68. Tim August 15, 2010 at 12:21 pm #

    The portable DVD player is a godsend, kids are enraptured by it. This makes it one of history’s finest inventions!

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  75. heather erickson August 15, 2010 at 8:25 pm #

    I found a sketcha doodle at Walmart it has a hook that goes over the headrest so the kids can easily draw, no markers so no risk of it getting all over the back of my seats

  76. Jennifer M August 15, 2010 at 8:40 pm #

    My daughter’s happy with showing her My Little Ponies the scenery.

  77. Gianna August 15, 2010 at 10:23 pm #

    We look at license plates while driving and try to think up funny words each letter stands for.

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