Let’s jump right in.
It’s time for vacay.
You’re looking for ideas to keep the little people from kicking somebody’s seat, wigglin’, and making you sweat why-am-I-parent bullets.
I’ve got you. I have survived 4 international flights with layovers with the girl and lived to write this blog post!
Here are 5 ways to occupy small children while flying (you can use these ideas for other modes of transportation too):
1. Movement before takeoff!
Before strapping a child to sit down for hours, find a corner where the kids can move.
If there’s not enough space, play a quick game of 1-2-3 GO, or skip down the concourse.
In a tight space, count off 20 jumping jacks (or just jumps), squats, ballet, karate or superhero moves…
something that allows the kids to burn off a little energy before take off.
A little exertion before take-off will help the children last just a bit Ionger on the flight.
2. Mini Playdough Set
A mini playdough set will help stimulate the senses when it’s time to unstow the tray tables.
When the hands and mind are focused, the body can be still(ish).
Dollar Tree and Dollar General have mini play dough sets for cheap ($1-$3 range).
3. Sticker + Coloring Books
A fresh pack of crayons and new coloring book can hold attention.
But the sticker coloring book combos are the way to go for travel.
I only buy these for trips so they don’t lose their novelty.
The manipulation of stickers requires focus and will keep the little people occupied.
The key here is- buy one that has scenes or a topic your child has an interest in.
4. Movie + Sucker + Blanket= Good Behavior
(for a few.. lol)
Almost all the airplanes have some form of free in-flight entertainment. I love the airplanes that have the built-in screens. But some don’t.
Ask ahead so you can decide whether or not to bring a tablet.
Either way, pack kid-safe headphones. Add on a blanket and a sucker, and you are in business!
The kids will be in kiddie airplane heaven, sweet cozy entertainment!
5. Water Wow by Melissa and Doug
This activity pad is sheer genius. Fill up the paint pen with water before take off and wah-lah, the pages magically paint in color!
By the time, the child paints all the pages, the first page is dry and it’s time to do it all again.
There you have it, my top 5 ways to keep your child occupied while traveling.
Let me know if you try any of these.
Please share what you do to keep your child busy while flying in the comments.
Tatanisha Worthey commented
These are fantastic tips- all things I did when the boys were little. Now I just make sure they have their headphones and tablets. LOL