Monday, 9 June 2014

Travel Series Part IV: air travel tips with toddlers



Thanks so much for stopping by the last part of my four part Travel Series! Today, I am going list ideas for entertaining Toddlers during flights. I have experience with longer ones and hope that I am able to provide you with some simple ideas for keeping your little ones as happy as possible! 


Travel Series: Air Travel Tips with Toddlers by Welcome to Mommyhood


First some notes

  • Put small games and activities into ziplock bags that are labeled. Let your child pick out 1 game at a time to keep things simple
  • You could bring a cookie sheet tray to place some activities on for your child. They probably will be too small to reach the tray table and that way, you could have something relatively flat for them to use on their lap. This could help with meals, and activities (like magnetic play) 

Ideas for entertaining toddlers during flights 

  • Lacing cards and a shoelace 
  • Magnetic book(s)
  • A new book or two 
  • A small new toy
  • Bingo
  • Stickers and some paper
  • Coloring book or some pages to color on with colored pencils, markers, or stamps

      Travel Series: Air Travel Tips with Toddlers by Welcome to Mommyhood

    • Make a homemade book using photos of the place you are traveling to (google search should help you!). You can either ask the child to glue the photos onto a booklet, or you can just do it yourself. During the air travel, you can explain where you are going to your child. 
    • A small doctor's kit and either a small doll or stuffed animal. Include bandages, gauze, thermometer, etc. 
    • Finger puppets 
    • Beads and pipe cleaners 

      Travel Series: Air Travel Tips with Toddlers by Welcome to Mommyhood

        • Poke holes into a small container (like the kind you get pringles in), and ask the child to put the pipe cleaners in there. You can put stickers over the holes, and make it into a color matching activity. When storing, keep the pipe cleaners in the container to save space. 
        • A ziplock bag filled with legos or mega blocks. You could make a game out of it - asking them to give you a certain color.  
        • Small toy planes 
        • Playdough and a few small supplies 
        • Toy cars and a felt road (simply glue some yellow felt onto black felt) or use this letter C printable. 

          Travel Series: Air Travel Tips with Toddlers by Welcome to Mommyhood

          • A small doll and some changes of clothes 
          • Cut out some felt games (like a clothing matching game game, different colored 'suitcases' or rectangles, etc) 
          • Felt board  
          • Print out some printables. Cassie at 3 Dinosaurs has a whole bunch of free ones. Of course, check out some of mine! If you go to the end of this post, I'll be sharing some airplane printables, as well!
          • Paper clip and strips of paper game 

            Travel Series: Air Travel Tips with Toddlers by Welcome to Mommyhood
          • Small open and close containers
          • Play I spy in the airplane (you can use the airplane 3 part cards I provide, and ask the child to find the object in the airplane) 
          • I spy with airplane magazines
          • Airplane 3 part cards and printables pack available at the end of this post
          • Download a favourite show (just in case) or let them watch an inflight movie, but if you have a major meltdown, it may be necessary 
          • Download some music 

          The main idea is if you will be traveling for long periods of time, you need to make sure that you bring entertainment for your little one! They won't be sitting still and you need to be prepared!

          And now, the (Montessori Inspired) Air Travel Activity Printables Pack 


          Travel Series: Air Travel Tips with Toddlers by Welcome to Mommyhood



          Be sure to visit the first post in this series here: 

          Tips and Tricks for Traveling with Kids 
          20 healthy meals and snacks  
          What to pack in your carry on 
          Also, you can read some road trip tips on my Road Trip Survival Guide

          Today, I am linking up for List it Tuesday at Real Life at Home and Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers and the Kids Learning Printables party hosted by Renae at Every Star is Different and Anastasia at Montessori Nature.


          Good Luck!
          Yuliya