Travelling abroad with a toddler anytime soon? Worried about them keeping still for the journey? Read on…
We recently came back from a much needed holiday in Cyprus which unfortunately involved a 4 hour plane journey each way.
When I asked some of my friends for some tips on entertaining a toddler for that length of time, the iPad was definitely at the top of the list. But as my little boy is not even 2 yet, I didn’t want that to be our only option.
So here are 8 handy old fashioned activities we found worked best to make sure our little one was kept amused in a confined space. What’s more, they didn’t cost the earth and could fit easily into our hand luggage too…
1) Books – My son is a big fan of Peppa Pig and I picked up these 5 mini books from Poundland! Such a bargain and he was quite happy to read them over and over again.
2) Drawing Activities – We found just using paper and crayons to draw round our hands, plastic cups and trace the cup holder in the tray table worked a treat! This, combined with some stickers too made the activity last that little bit longer!
3) Mini Etch-a-Sketch – If you have a toddler who likes to draw on everything except paper, I would definitely recommend one of these! I picked up ours in a pound shop too!
4) Walking – This sounds so obvious, but don’t be afraid to have a little wander. I was terrified my son would either have a tantrum in the aisle or try and climb on someone but actually you tend to get lots of ‘Ooos and ‘Aaaahs’ instead. It’s a great way to use up some excess energy too, just don’t do it when the cabin crew are doing their drinks run!
5) Wooden jigsaw – This was a hit on the plane. A simple 3 piece wooden jigsaw puzzle is a great way of killing some time. If you don’t have a small pull-string bag to put the pieces in, try a sock (clean of course!) You can order these puzzles from my shop for just £3 http://www.bipbopshop.com/toys/wooden-jigsaw-hippo
6) Wooden Farm Animal Dominoes – Ok, maybe not for lining up along the aisle of the plane, (that could be cool given the chance though!) but aside from the obvious, these made for a good stacking game and encouraged lots of animal noises and actions too! My son also loves to organise and tidy up so he loved to sort the dominoes into which ones belong in the box, which ones go in a plastic cup and which ones are given to mummy! It proved to be a good, long and drawn out game in the end!
http://www.bipbopshop.com/toys/wooden-farm-animal-dominoes for just £4.99!
7) Cuddly Toys – An absolute given if your child sleeps with one but even if it’s a daytime flight, I would definitely recommend offering your child one as a form of comfort, especially if it is their first time of a plane. I packed quite a few favourites just in case we lost one and all the teddies were relatively small. We ended up with 3 out on our laps at one point which we used for puppet shows and doubled up as pillows!8) Plenty of Snacks – For some reason, I had this fear that our fresh food would be confiscated at security (don’t ask me why?!) so we ended up with double what I had planned to take which actually lasted throughout the journey. I included sandwiches, cucumber slices, bananas, apples, raisins, fruit bars, crackers and bread sticks. I would definitely recommend packing more than you need as aeroplane snacks are quite expensive. We also bought a pint of milk and a bottle of water from Boots in duty free so that we would have enough for the flight too.
I won’t lie, it wasn’t a completely stress free flight travelling with a toddler but these definitely helped us get through the journey that a little bit better.
Until next time