... There are long airport lines, security checkpoint(s), boarding the plane, sitting in a confined, shaking, noisy space that can pressure little ears, and travel etiquette issues like not kicking the seats...

But when children understand what to expect and what is expected of them, they are always much better behaved.

If parents are prepared and prepare their children as well, travel with little ones can be an absolute joy!

Links to recommended articles - each emphasizing the need to involve children in preparation for the trip!

Packing and Pre-Trip Considerations.
Links to our
favorite checklists.

Tools (DVDs & Books) to Prepare Toddlers for Travel.

08 April 2008

The Best Airplane Travel Toys for Toddlers & Preschoolers

We find when we fly that parents have to do most of the entertaining, but there are some great travel toys for the toddler and preschooler set that are just as much fun for parents to play too ... and may even give a parent a well-deserved break!

Experience has taught us to bring only items that:

  1. have few (or no) extra pieces that aren't securely attached to the game (or you will spend the majority of your time fishing things off the dirty airplane floor);

  2. pack easily and don't take much room and

  3. will hold attention and be reusable (at least for the flight home!).

We are big fans of DK Series Sticker Books and Mudpuppy Press Play Scenes, quality Magnetic Travel Games (like those made by eeBoo), low-tech creative fun like children's chopsticks (let toddlers 'fish' for their goldfish or raisins), crayons and drawing pads and Lacing Cards. See below for some of our other favorites.

Where to find more recommended travel toys?
  • Our selection of high quality, family-tested, recommended products can be found at Links to reputable vendors with even wider selections of travel toys and games can be found in the margin at left on that page as well.

  • Also from,Travel Books for Children, equally appropriate for before you go and on the plane, are listed separately.

  • - Plane Entertainment & Toys

Have a wonderful trip!

1 comment:

Playmobil 123 said...

Children under toddler stage start interacting with each other and engaging in pretend play. They enjoy acting out grown-up roles and using props such as costumes or toys to bring their imaginations to life.

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