For backseat travel and plane trips, the Leapster system -- for ages 4 to 8-- has popular animated characters, but with an educational twist: kids play learning games, read electronic books, create art. (They can also do stuff like watch videos.)
Game player, plus connection to online LeapFrog Learning Path: kids can connect to extra activities and rewards; parents can track what kids are learning. For ages 4 through 8. (Read comments at Amazon.com; some people reported glitches with the Learning Path-- hopefully resolved by the time you're reading this!)
Game player, with color display screen, control pad, and (physically attached) touch-sensitive stylus. The games themselves are sold separately (although it's possible to buy a unit with one preloaded game.) For ages four and up.
Of course the game player comes in fancier guises too. This one is going for good looks, in pink.
The "Finding Nemo" movie was one of Disney's big successes, thanks to several memorable characters. Swim along with Nemo's overprotective father, Marlin, and comically forgetful friend, Dory, as they try to find Nemo. The game invites kids to "dive" into math, phonics, science. For ages for to six years.
SpongeBob SquarePants may be silly, but that doesn't mean he can't be educational. When a new restaurant in Bikini Bottom brings too much competition for the Krusty Krab, SpongeBob needs help to make a new, improved Krabby Patty sauce. Five "action-packed" learning games teach skills in phonics, money concepts, science, addition & subtraction.
Dora the Explorer is a popular character with a Spanish flair, on Nick Jr. TV.
For ages 4 to 8: kids can play as Anakin, R2-D2 or other characters, on missions to rescue members of the Republic while meanwhile learning basic math and time-telling skills.
Both Ariel (The Little Mermaid) and Cinderella appear in this set of games: 5 games teach Pre-K and Kindergarten skills as the player progresses from Little Lady to Her Royal Highness.
Games and activities with this appealing character from the Disney / Pixar movie.
It's all about power, when you travel with kids: and be sure not to run out of it.
*Products change! Please check the Leapster site, at Leapfrog.com.