Keeping kids content on long airplane trips is no easy task, especially if you eschew a lot of screen time. We just returned from a family vacation and to keep Kiddo busy in the airport and on the plane I devised a number of strategies, including plying hime with games and books.
Airport Scavenger Hunt. I made a grid with different things he would see at the airport on the way to the plane and he checked them off as he saw each one:
ThinkFun Rush Hour Jr. (affiliate link) This is my number one game recommendation for kids. It comes in a handy travel pouch and includes 40 puzzle cards for extended play. Surprising my son with a few new travel games always goes over very well. You can see more of our favorite travel games here –> Travel games of the month and games for the airplane.
I know a lot of people rely on DVDs and electronic games to keep their kids subdued during traveling. I’m not passing judgment because every family has different needs, but for me, electronic tranquilizers are the antithesis of traveling, which is a time to see new places and experience new things.
Also, the plane is certainly a place where parents are free from most other distractions and can focus on the kids. It’s much more rewarding than staring at the TV screen on the back of the seat in front of you. However, Kiddo loved the map which showed the airplane’s stats and its progress toward our destination.
How do you keep the kids entertained while you travel?