By the time this goes live, I will be flying high in the sky with Wild Thing (my toddler) and Caterpillar (my 9 month old) as we go across the country to see family. I'm sure we'll also take the subway and a car service (with carseats) at some point. We're excited about the adventure. Wild Thing keeps talking about getting to sleep on an airplane, since our flight there is an overnight flight. As long as nursing the baby conks him out, we'll be fine.
The flight, back however, provides more challenge as it's cross country during the day. Here's what I've planned for toddler/baby entertainment:
This egg carton full of surprises will be hidden from Wild Thing until the flight back. It's inspired by the egg games we did after Easter. There's 3 sets of eggs that having matching goodies (the monkey eraser, coins, and foam travel stickers). Those eggs provide opportunities for a matching through sound game inspired by Make, Do & Friend. The die gives us a counting game, as I have eggs numbered 1-6. The pom-poms are fun to push through the egg carton when it is closed, and the yarn will be for stringing cheerios or fruit loops. Another snack related activity will be sorting trail mix. It's great for fine motor skills and color matching. Plus, packing snacks provides a 2-in-1: food and fun!
|Here's the trail mix sorting activity we'll be doing on the plane.|
Wild Thing also gets to bring his own backpack (very important!) filled with special books: the amazing Quiet Book his grandma made him, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Brown, Brown Bear What Do You See? Since I have both in small board book form, they can be handed off to the baby with no worries of being ripped up or eaten. The backpack items were selected with the overnight flight in mind as they are quiet books and favorite items that comfort and calm both kids.
The small pockets contain 3 little transportation books that Wild Thing loves and a special bag with cards (his recent obsession-he pretends to check out books and pay for things), as well as 2 toys just for baby, and a piece of fabric with shape buttons sewn on. Caterpillar (baby) loves to play with this and Wild Thing loves identifying shapes.
I also put together a simple busy bag with a crayon roll up (that's the baseball fabric), stickers, notebooks, a 3D coloring book (that comes with 3D glasses) and a small recipe book because Wild Thing seems to love them (thought this could be handy to have for potential wait times).
Finally, since my Wild Thing loves transportation and stickers, I've got special paper and foam stickers (from the Target clearance section) that can also keep him occupied in a pinch. They fit inside a handy reusable bag.
Travel with little ones can be intimidating, but it can also be worth it (this trip means my brother and my dad and his wife see the baby for the first time). Mamascout gives other great reasons to travel with kids. So, be fearless this summer and take a trip with your little ones. Here's some great blogs and resources to check out before you hop on/in a plane, train or automobile:
- Carrots Are Orange has a great Kids & Travel Series
- Boulder Mom Connect shares important tips on flying with kids (especially when flying solo)
- Inspiration Laboratories' also has tips on flying with kids (esp. toddlers
- Creative Family Fun shares Travel Activity Bags from Creative Family Fun
- Quirky Momma created a super clever bucket and car pulley system
- Dirt and Boogers has 20 Tips (some air, some car) for Traveling with Kids
- The Iowa Farmer's Wife's Travel Tips/Ideas pinboard