Zilla is 3 years old
Miss Mega is 12 months old
We just returned from our summer vacation. As I unpack and navigate the fun we call "jet lag" I want to make notes for next time. The general guideline I use is 1 activity per child per hour of the longest flight. Each activity should be in an individual bag as opening the bag can be part of the fun/challenge. This meant having 20 activity bags packed in a carry-on suitcase for our trip.
When we had shorter trips by car or long dinners out it was really easy to grab just a few activities to take along.
Here is the carry-on bag which was filled with activities for the kids to do on the plane:
The other outer pockets had a couple of extra tote bags (for when we only wanted a few activities to take along to dinner, etc.) and one had extra hand wipes.
☆ BrainQuest Flashcards - While Mega is not quite ready for them Zilla can easily pass an hour with these. I like that they encourage parent/child interaction in a natural way.
☆ Stickers and a note pad - Simple things can bring such joy! Zilla was making up all kinds of stories as he set up the scenes on the notepad. This is one activity that both kids can do as Mega loves pealing stickers off and putting them on too.
☆ A Thomas book with magnetic pieces - This was a special treat for Zilla as he loves Thomas. Magnetic pieces stick to the book making them less likely to get lost.
☆ A spiral book with dry erase markers - This is another thing that both kids enjoyed.
When we left home she had the cloth book "Colors", Signing Time flashcards and the Hopkins doll. During the 10 day journey she picked up 2 pairs of sunglasses, a dog in an igloo, a purse and a car.
☆ Animals - The top bag has 3 zipper pockets so the big pocket held a animal-themed board book while each of the smaller pockets became the home of animal finger puppets from Ikea. Mega had as much fun trying to figure out how to open the various pockets as she did playing with the puppets/book!
☆ The glove with animals on each finger also is a book for the song "Old McDonald".
☆ Stickers and notepad -For Mega I put in some old, large stickers and a blank notepad on a small clipboard (for support). She enjoyed this activity the most.
☆ Cloth book with pictures - Since the main purpose of our trip was to see family we brought along a cloth picture book with family pics in it. It was good to look at them before we saw everyone so the kids could get a handle on names / faces and great to look at again on the way home as we talked about who we had seen and the time we spent together.
☆ A mini magnadoodle
☆ Work set - Zilla loves to pretend to be a worker so I put this together just for him. It includes a note pad (the school bus), tape measure (smiley face), calculator (which he thinks can double as a phone) and a pen which lights up. After opening this set he got really excited about measuring anything on the plane he could reach. The light-up pen on a dark plane was great fun for Mega to play with too!
☆ Magnet backdrop with magnetic vehicles to drive around town (There are similar sets with a house or zoo theme too)
Here are the links to my other posts with travel activities:
Plane Entertainment Toddler Style