For me, not so much.
Don’t get me wrong – I have an amazingly easy child who travels very well. Still, I would be lying if I didn’t admit prior to flying with her, I become a Nervous Nelly.
For those of you who can relate to my anxieties, here is a list of ideas and items for entertaining your child on a flight to Walt Disney World, Disneyland or anywhere else. Although who are we kidding, why go anywhere else when you could go to some of the happiest places on earth? 😉
Note: These ideas don’t just apply to the age-range listed. Pick and choose what your child would like best!
- Picture books to read
- Play peek-a-boo/how big is baby/pat-a-cake
- Sing songs
- Bring rattles or other toys that make sound: Your neighbors may not be happy, but baby will hopefully be!
- Show them photos on your phone: My daughter loved and still loves doing this.
- Let them rip up paper: For older infants. Disclaimer – This will make a mess, but it’s the lesser of two evils.
- Wear a big chunky necklace: This is baby entertainment at its finest and baby will love looking at and playing with it. If you’re worried about baby choking on a bead, you can buy necklaces made specifically for teething babies on Amazon here.
Toddlers and Preschool-Age
- Coloring: Consider using crayons only as you’d have to keep track of marker caps.
- Recite Nursery Rhymes
- The iPad: Download educational games and their favorite movies. Hey, it’s vacation!
- Bring a sticker book: You may walk out covered in stickers but if they’re Disney stickers, you’ll just look like you’re showing off your Disney Side.
- Color, number and letter flash cards: May be more suitable for the preschoolers.
- Finger Puppets
- Educational Workbooks: Your preschooler can practice tracing numbers, shapes and letters.
- Sensory Toys: Put food coloring inside a water bottle and add glitter and beads. They’ll love it.
- Play-doh or gak: Let me know if you’d like homemade recipes for both!
- Chapter Books: Let them pick out one they haven’t read to save for the flight.
- Read and listen to books on tape: Don’t forget headphones!
- Play card games: Go Fish, Old Maid, etc.
- Let them decorate a photo album or scrap book to put vacation photos in
- Play verbal games: I Spy, 20 Questions.
- Teach them about airplanes: Bring a book or show them photos.
- Magnetic Travel Boardgames: We brought these on car trips growing up and they kept us busy.
- Action figures or Disney figures: Try limiting to 2-3 so you don’t have to worry about losing one.
- Pack new toys for the trip. The novelty will hopefully entertain them longer.
- Bring cuddle items for nap time: Dolly, blanket, stuffed animal, etc.
- Dress them in comfortable layers for any temperature changes on the plane.
- Give them something to chew or suck on when the plane departs to prevent ears from popping.
- If possible, keep everything easily accessible by your feet so you don’t have to keep reaching for the overhead bin.
- Don’t underestimate the power of snack time. A simple snack could easily last 15 minutes.
- Take this as a wonderful opportunity to spend quality time with your child. Vacation is an exciting and relaxing time. Enjoy it!
What ideas do you have for me? Have you tried any of these? Let me know in the comments!