About two weeks ago, I flew in a plane for the first time ever, traveling from Tennessee to Las Vegas. It was a completely magical, life-altering experience. I was lucky enough to have a window seat, and I spent the vast majority of the four hour flight looking down at the earth and being completely in awe. I was absolutely content, just watching the rolling hills and little towns and dusty mountains and the Grand Canyon and the Las Vegas strip at night. But I am an adult. Flying with toddlers or preschoolers is going to be a little more challenging. Ok, way more challenging. It’s like going on a road trip, except there’s no pulling over for potty/McDonald’s breaks, and you are also sharing the vehicle with 100 other people. The best solution? Have a plan. A lot of plans. Keep them as busy and distracted as possible. Check out this by Katie at Playing With Words 365 for tons of ways to keep the little ones busy, in case they don’t just fall asleep. Here are some of my favorites:
-Are we there yet? Print out some pre-counted travel tickets for your kids. After every 30 minutes, have them give you a ticket. When they run out, you’ve arrived! This will help give them a tangible and visual representation of how much time you have left on the plane.
-Crayons and paper/coloring books: a classic that works
-Airplane magazine scavenger hunt: ask your kids to find things in the magazines (something red, a car, an animal, etc)
-SNACKS- especially as a reward for good behavior
-If all else fails, bring out the big guns, like a tablet or iphone, and let them play games