Travel Essentials: Toy Planes Offer Inflight Entertainment
I’ve got a dirty traveling mom secret. I bring very little for my kids to do on a plane. So far my oldest, Dek who is 3, is more than happy to steal my Kindle Fire to play games and watch movies no matter how long the flight is. He knows he can only do this on a plane and he takes full advantage. His little brother’s inflight entertainment consists of something to chew on in between naps and a few snacks.
But what to do during takeoff and landing? You know that time when you can’t use electronics.
I found early on that the process of flying captivates Dek. We walk through security, put our stroller in the “belly” of the plane before we board, and hunt for our seats together. He HAS to have a window seat so he can watch all the action as our plane is prepared, and he loves the rush of taking off and landing. His little fingers still get bored while we have to wait to turn on our electronics. At first I tried coloring books, a new toy, snacks, even singing songs and telling stories, but nothing held his interest. Last year I finally realized my solution was staring me in the face.
In my travel arsenal is a small bag of toy cars from the movies Cars and Cars 2. There are also a few small planes of various shapes and models. I handed Dek one of his small toy airplanes, and grab one for myself. We pretended to take off, land, do loops in the air, and any other hilarious things we could think of doing with our airplanes while we waited to take off, and again in those awful minutes that you have to turn off all electronics before landing. Really, that is the worst part of my flight.
Having a plan to keep my boys busy and engaged means I have a happier flight, and so does everyone else on our flight. Those little planes have been a routine part of our journey for over a year now. I’m happy to report we have only lost one plane in all that time. Fingers crossed we don’t lose anymore. Just in case, I’ll be buying at least 2 of his favorite one in the future. Fewer headaches when I have a crying kid that lost his “super fast airplane” on an actual airplane.
What’s your go to toy when flying?
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