We love to travel and as many times I say that I think, do we really love it? First child and it was some kind of learning curve. She did not properly sleep till she was 2 so any trip meant even less sleep and I would almost dread it long before we left.
Everyone talks about how terrible air travel is with toddlers and I say it is a whole lot better than driving 16 hours with them strapped in a car seat going completely crazy no matter what you give them! You can actually have some sort of movement in a plane. Its so much better when they get their own seat to. They can wiggle as much as they want without bothering to many people.
Once they get old enough technology works but I hate for them to be so drowned in their little games and shows that they miss so many life experiences while traveling. But there does come a time when it is better than a mad grumpy 2 year old trapped in a plane to!
It is important for them to respect their space in a plane. No kicking seats, loud talking etc. We try hard to make our children so that they are an asset to society and work together to improve the trip for others, not make it horrible! Kindness and manners are never out of style. I can’t remember the last time I read a book on a plane or finished my snacks or watched something. I used to look forward to a plane ride for that but it might be awhile before that happens again?
Some children experience anxiety and that is a way different story!
I like light weight games and activities because keep in mind these have to be lugged around an airport and I like to give my almost 3 year old her own backpack and fill it with the lighter things like stickers and a few light books! She helps me pack it and can see all the fun and new things she will be able to play with and cannot wait for the plane ride! Sometimes I stick a few surprise things in to for extra fun. I like the light games becuase I try to have a variety along. Toddlers do not stick to any avtivity to long! Mine sure doesn’t!
Truly a wonder! The first set we had was gifted and I have been sold ever since! They stick to windows, seats, tray tables and do not make a mess! You can just pull them off and bring them on the next trip! Melissa and Doug is the brand with the best ones that re-stick trip after trip.
You can get a lot of different kinds and sets. Some come in a book form and have different pages and scenes to use that imagination on!
They also have dolls that you can dress and redress. Like modern paper dolls! My 2 year old loves this as she is in the age of princess everything and dolls and pink and changing clothes 20 times a day!
Magnetic anything in an airplane is key. It is not always the steadiest ride and the tray is often kind of slippery and not perfectly straight. Magnetic dolls are so fun with changing clothes a snap and easy for little fingers to be able to change the dolls themselves.
Magnetic games like Go Fish, Bingo, and Memory are wonderful and are in their own tin and are played in that tin so the game is completely contained and can be thrown in a back pack and not get lost! I love these because different games can be made out of them. For the longest time we played Go Fish but just matched colors. Educational and time-consuming!
Magnetic Construction toys are great to and do not get lost near as easy! You can build so many things with them. Also a great airport toy as they kind of work anywhere without needing a perfectly balanced surface!
Is that a thing? To not lug endless markers and crayons and then worry about the tray, seat, or skin getting colored on? Yes! The best invention ever! They are also re-usable and dry quickly. You can get activities or color scenes. We have used these everywhere and all you need is a bit of water and you are set! Restaurants, travel, doctors office. Small enough to throw in your purse.
Melissa and Doug toys have been a life saver! They seem to read my Mom mind and bring a lot to the table when it comes to travel toys and mess free ones to.
I love that they come with a few pages because a toddler quickly becomes bored with one page and we can go back and forth and it does not matter with the water and quickly dries. There are also many hidden objects in the pictures and as she grew older we had fun finding them.
Imagine Ink has amazing mess free markers! If you get the right mess free papers and coloring books then the markers color the color that is on the lid. If you color on anything else it is just clear and dries without a trace! Trust me, it is the answer especially for those littles that no matter how hard they try they cannot stay on the paper perfectly! But are creative enough to think it is the coolest thing to color!
I feel like so many children are creative but the mess is sometimes what keeps me from getting something out and these options are truly so child friendly it gets them that early start! Without the mess.
Ah, the wonderful world of books! I like to get a few new ones and keep them till the plane as a surprise. My girl is old enough now to pack her bag and packing it with new stuff is so exciting and she cannot wait to get on that plane and start opening new stuff! Remember to get paperbacks and you can have more of a variety because of being so much lighter. I think books are such a good investment! So many studies point to so many benefits of reading to your child.
- Franklin books have lots of color and lots of pictures to look at
- Mr. Men and Little Miss books are small and super light and my daughter loves them!
- Frog and Toad so funny that I love them to!
- Fancy Nancy for those princess girls.
- Pete the Cat because they are entertaining books to read.
- Any Usborne brand book so educational and colorful.
- Clifford her new favorite.
These are just a few of my favorite ones and I hope they help you on your next journey. These are all good for any type of public place really! We always have a small backpack full of things in the car that she only gets if we are in town, at restaurants and on trips.
She does not get these toys every day so that small unicorn back pack is a novelty of sorts! We change toys in there every now and then with new ones when we go on a long trip like road trips or airplane trips! These are all tested and toddler approved so far! Moms stamp of approval to! She loves these and often she finds friends because they are interested in her fun toys and have made many friends along the way. She is not in a tech daze either and can still be present in her surroundings while being entertained!
Enjoy the ride!