It does not matter what your method of travel is, kids need to be kept entertained. While children are wonderful, sweet and innocent beings, bored children tend to result in chaos and headaches all around.
Having books that are interactive for younger ones or just fun to read for the older ones can keep children bus for a long time. Little ones will spend hours lifting flaps or doing search and find puzzles, pressing noisy story buttons and reciting their favourite short story from memory and pictures. Children who are strong readers can easily become lost in a story and lose track of time and all sense of their surroundings. Very busy children might enjoy crossword or other puzzle books, such as a homemade busy book.
As parents, generally speaking the majority will try and avoid screen time. When you’re traveling there will be many exceptions made and this is one of those exceptions. Picking up a new game for their hand held game system can keep their interest longer, as they play the shiny new one and then go on to explore all their old favourites. There are many different types of game devices out there so be sure you find one that is age appropriate and works within your child’s skill set. It might also be helpful for you or for others that are traveling with you, to purchase some simple earphones for your child’s device. All handheld gaming systems have a spot for these often necessary accessories!
Finger snacks are a great way to keep your child feeling satisfied and busy at the same time. Snacks that are small such as raisins take time to pick up and eat, and are healthy. Another way to keep children busy with snacks is to have them make their own. Try bringing some crackers with already cup up pieces of dairy-free cheese so they can put the two together themselves. You can even bring a small toddler dinner knife and some peanut butter or hummus, and have your child spread it on some celery. Dipping snacks will also keep your children busy with their food for longer.
There are many travel games that can be played in versatile ways, so they work for car, plane, or boat. You may have to tweak the games based on your preferred mode of transportation but games like “I spy” can work anywhere. Travel bingo is very popular as well. For unique and creative games to keep your children busy, look on Etsy. There you will be supporting individual business and you can find complete travel kids.
One of the great things about traveling children is that on the way kids tend to fall asleep. For those times that they don’t, use the creative ideas here to keep them busy. At the very least, they won’t climb the walls or tie up the pilot.