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7 Ways To Keep Kids Busy During Travel Time

How To Keep Kids Busy on an Airplane
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Walt Disney World® and Scholastic. The opinions and text are all mine.

Did you travel last year with your family? Do you have little ones who vacationed with you? I am the first to admit that vacations are a lot different now that I have kids. Things can get a little crazy. Where I used to only pack for one, I now find myself packing for four. But, I admit, they are so much more fun now that I get to see the excitement on my kids’ faces when they see new places and experience new things. This past August we took a cruise, more specifically, an 8-day cruise with the kids (3 kids – ages 2, 4 and 5). It was so much fun! Looking back at images from the trip last night got me thinking of all the fun we had and I am so grateful to have these images to preserve our memories.

We took a 2-year-old, a 4-year-old and a 5-year-old with us….on an 8-day vacation. At first, I would have never thought we would be going on such a long vacation with three small kids but we did it and it was better than we expected. The most challenging part was getting there. We had to take two planes to and from our destination and we had a layover in between. I got a ton of advice from friends and family on how to prepare for our kids’ first plane ride and I want to share with you the things that kept my kids (ages 2, 4 and 5) the happiest and the busiest.

How To Keep Kids Busy on an Airplane

7 Ways To Keep Kids Busy During Travel Time

  1. Mystery toys – Go to the dollar store and stock up on random toys. Keep them hidden from the kids and pull them out when they are starting to get antsy. This should buy you some more time. 🙂
  2. Busy bags – Fill Ziploc bags with some of their favorite things to do. I went to the dollar store and filled it up with some things I knew they’d like – little notepads, packs of stickers, crayons, and a little Play-doh.
  3. Tablets/Movies – If you run out of things to do, you can always fall back on the easiest thing to do. Download some movies from Netflix so that you can watch them when you don’t have Wi-Fi. Some planes will even provide in-flight movies for free.
  4. Scratch Art Pads – I got a few of these from Amazon. It comes with a scratch-off wooden stick and just like a scratch-off, the kids can scratch and doodle to reveal the color underneath.
  5. Reusable Sticker Books – These were a big hit. I found several of these books at very inexpensive prices. I was able to find different themes for each of my kids (airport, princess castle, girls room, train station, etc.).
  6. Rolls of colored tape – I got a few different colors of craft/masking tape and let the kids get creative with it. One of my kids made shapes and designs on the airplane tray. The other one covered her Barbie and made her a “superhero.”
  7. Snacks – Take their favorite snacks and give them out periodically throughout the flight.

Let me know if this list helped you at all! Be sure to check out Scholastic & Disney’s collaboration Preschoolers Magical and read the article 14 Best Travel Apps, Games & Toys for Preschoolers!

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Walt Disney World® and Scholastic. The opinions and text are all mine.

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