Keeping Toddlers Busy While Flying

When choosing to fly for your holiday travel this year, you may be a little anxious about your little one’s behavior during the trip. After all, you don’t want to break out the emergency toy stash before you have even left the tarmac, right? Here are some activities you can use with your children without the need for extra luggage or expense.

While everyone is still in a good mood, have them introduce themselves to their neighbor passengers before takeoff. Smiles and winks, or even playing peek-a-boo will improve other passengers’ moods while making them more understand later on if your toddler decides to be a little less than cooperative.

There are always magazines provided by the airline available for you. Turn one into a game your little ones, by having them locate a certain item on each page. You can give them a list of things to find, and just hand them the magazine to go through on their own.

Load up your digital camera with pictures from past outings and those of people you will be visiting on this trip. During the flight, you can have your toddler look at these photos and remember the fun they had at the zoo, or reacquainted themselves with the faces of those they will be visiting.

This is a great time for learning. Zippers, buttons and snaps can keep them busy for quite some time, possibly even getting a few giggles out of them.

Carry a few colored markers with you in your carry-on bag. Making puppets out of those wonderful paper bags available in the pouch attached to the back of the seat in front of you (ok, so this isn’t the primary purpose…) is a great way to keep your little ones happy.

Over all, there are many things your imagination can spark with the use of things found on the plane itself. Games like “I spy” can be interesting for older children, and this is also a great time to practice multiplication tables too.

Flying can be a scary and new experience for young kids. Learning to keep them occupied makes the difference between a harrowing experience and a pleasant first airplane ride.

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