Airplane Actions for Toddlers: Tips on how to Entertain the Children throughout a Flight


Toddlers and airplanes make for an attention-grabbing proposition. And having flown a good bit with our little woman (who is sort of 3!), we all know that ready mother and father make for a greater flight – but in addition one factor really stands: ‘you might be solely nearly as good as your final flight’.

Every flight is completely different and as many readers and buddies have stated, it is very important preserve issues recent. Moreover the staple gadgets just like the pill and many others, it’s a good suggestion to get some new bits and items every time (from stickers to little crafts that don’t create a multitude). Some readers steered wrapping them up as a present – kills just a few extra minutes and provides to the joy.

Listed here are a few of our airplane actions for toddlers – I.e. issues we take with us on airplanes, with a view to make it simpler. Most actions are appropriate from 18 months onwards (till 3).


An all-in-one youngsters backpack and play tray

Prices £9.99 from eBay

A reader steered one thing related she had for her youngsters (many years in the past) and after plenty of looking out, I got here throughout this TrayKit. Having accomplished some analysis, it was a Dragons’ Den backed product in 2012-13 and attributable to its then price ticket (£39.99), it didn’t final very lengthy. Somebody has purchased the remaining inventory and it’s obtainable on eBay.

It is vitally effectively made and we are able to preserve most of our airplane actions self contained. It really works on each airplanes and automobiles. For this worth, you can not complain!

There’s additionally an adjunct equipment.


A youngsters amazon fireplace pill

Prices £140 from Amazon

This factor has paid for itself time and again and we’re very proud of ours. It will get used on flights and weekend mornings and its excellent worth for cash. Sure, you should buy an iPad however there isn’t a want. So far as suggestions for flying with toddlers are involved, that is my no 1 advice.

We at all times make sure that we ‘renew’ our downloads from Netflix and Disney Plus so they’re obtainable offline and present favorite apps embrace Lego Life, CBeebies, Crayola, Meet the Numbers and Toca World (it’s a pack of apps, all fairly instructional).

Additionally, you will want headphones and a carrying sleeve.



A LCD drawing pill

Prices £16.99 from Amazon

This has been successful – and there are such a lot of variations of the identical merchandise, however be certain that the one you purchase has restricted entry to the battery (this one does, with a bit screw, so it’s 100% secure). It takes no house in any respect and works very effectively. I don’t count on it to final without end. We now have one within the automobile at house and one other for the airplane.


Sticker and exercise books

Prices from £3 from Amazon. See beneath for particulars.

Sticker books are standard with our toddler (though a lot of them are ‘too superior’ proper now).

We like this set of reusable sticker books which provides varied eventualities.

Usborne additionally do some nice ones (every little thing this model does is nice).

We additionally like these ‘magic portray books’ which solely require water. It comes with a paintbrush (so it’s simple peasy).

Talking of ‘water magic’, these books have additionally been standard and there are such a lot of to select from. We now have one in our ‘restaurant bag’ and one other within the airplane bag. The pen it comes with is fairly unhealthy – so we now simply use a paintbrush. Or a moist finger!

There are a lot of varieties of related books round however you get what you pay for – the Galt ones final months and dry effectively. Others don’t.

There are many choices for colouring books as effectively.


Sticker Units

Prices from £2 from Amazon

Once more, you get what you pay for with stickers – and I might advocate in search of these offline as effectively (see particulars on the finish of the submit).

We additionally like these from Paddington Bear, however a lot of different choices on Amazon.

We additionally like foam stickers so as to add a little bit of curiosity. Mainly I seize a handful on every flight and that’s it – stickers are the most effective airplane actions for two 12 months outdated (or our 2 12 months outdated!).

Crayola pens and crayons

Prices £3.49 from Amazon

We’re large followers of Crayola and its ‘washing capabilities’. We began with crayons and the twistable ones had been nice, however now toddler solely fancies the markers. Much less to take with us!

I’ve additionally discovered helpful to have further paintbrushes in all places.

Pencil case

Prices £7 from Amazon.

It’s a two in a single hit situation as we are able to pop the dots and preserve our pens in examine. Is available in a wide range of colors.


Organising pouches

Price £8 from Amazon

These have been a godsend – nice for snacks, for bits, for every little thing. We discovered the A6 dimension labored higher for us.


Fidget toys set

Prices £8.99 from Amazon

A buddy gave us these a 12 months in the past and we’re nearly accomplished with the set – it has been sensible. I carry issues out on every flight and it’s just a bit one thing to play with. Some gadgets have proved to be extremely standard – this explicit equipment provides plenty of selection when it comes to airplane actions for a 18 month outdated.


Different helpful issues to pack on flights with toddlers:


Water bottle

Oxo prices £10 and Sistema prices £7 (for 4 bottles!)

We now have discovered our lesson the laborious method and now don’t take our good Liewood bottles with us on airplanes as generally… they keep behind. We’re very proud of these Oxo and Sistema bottles (and she or he is simply too).


Snack containers

We just like the Stasher luggage for ‘every little thing’ and ours have lasted over a 12 months and nonetheless model new. We now have them in a wide range of sizes. You should buy one for £6 or a full set.

Additionally we’ve discovered we’ve to take some empty containers with us – good for filling up with issues from house or the airport lounge. We nonetheless use some from her child days (which stack) however our favorite ones are these nesting ones from Sistema, that are a cut price for £6.99.

Sistema do nice plastic containers – could also be value wanting at these bins (excellent for lengthy journeys) and these too.


Adjustments of garments

You don’t want them on every journey… till you do. We at all times had 2 units of garments however on our final from the USA, I don’t know why, however I added a 3rd.

A set for us consists of underwear, leggings, socks, a prime and a cardigan. Oh, and we by no means packed an additional pair of footwear, however will do any longer (if they’re sick throughout, moist sick footwear aren’t pretty, it seems).

Additionally pack one thing for your self (we hadn’t) – and I now embrace a pair of leggings and a prime.

It’s a lot to take (and that annoys me), however we use the underside of our Yoyo bag with all these things (after which the enjoyable stuff on prime).

Different random issues we want:


We’re additionally large on the ideas and prayers. I’m as ready as I might be, however I completely perceive I’ve zero management on what’s going to occur on the flight. We’re each very fingers on and we are going to at all times be there to assist and information our daughter (and in addition to verify she doesn’t disturb every other passengers – that’s on us). Whereas we can not management 100% every little thing, being current and alert counts for one thing and it’s 100% of duty, no matter what journey class we journey in.

And right here’s to many journey adventures with our little ones.


Mrs. O


PS. Take a look at our Child & Toddler Journey Necessities and our Automobile seat and equipment edit .


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