Our last flight with toddlers went to Copenhagen and took only 1,5 hrs, so that time we didn’t have to work that hard. Our endurance and inventiveness was far more tested on our last trip that took 27 hrs. I prefer entertainment that is light and packs small. We have made an effort to make the most out of the quality time we buy with our tickets.
Before the flight:
- No special entertainment needed, there is so much happening on the airport.
- When queuing, sing “hop little bunnies, hop, hop, hop, hop little bunnies, hop, hop, hop, hop little bunnies, hop, hop, hop, hop, hop, hop” … the kids hop, and we offer some free entertainment for all the other people in the queue as well.
- Having a pre-packed (or take away but as this blog is about free but fun…) meal in the corridor. Gives the kids a chance to run of some steam, and the parents a breather before the flight.
- Most airports have some play area as well.
On the flight:
- paper dolls, building furniture out of pre-made paper pieces
- stickers and sticker books, small crafts (last time we decorated a head band with my 3 yo), puzzles.
- “surprise bags or wallets”, can be old stuff, it is just fun for them to explore what they have
- building towers and houses out of disposable cups. A matchbox car will come in handy when playing with this new “city”.
- reading magazines together, looking for animals, cars etc. in them
- Snacks eg. Raisins, cashews, carrot sticks, rice cakes, grapes…
- … and the obvious pen and paper, books and dvd’s.
You may also want to check out the 10 tips for flying with a toddler that Bucket List Publication offers here.
What are your best tips?