The pillar of my entertainment offensive is a mini inflight entertainment kit. I make sure that they don’t see it until they have actually sat down on the plane. The contents change each time, but I’ve found that the following items proved to be very successful.
Postcards to send home – I pack pencils and small postcards for some inflight scribbling.
Old favourites – Nothing comforts a tot more than a familiar toy. I always pack two or three of their favourite Schleich animals or Duplo figures.
New surprises – A new toy to play with passes an hour or so instantly. In the past I’ve plumped for one or two new toys, such as a lightweight wooden worm and a small bear pouch that can be used on the trip.
Old school stationary – They don’t always need an iPad to entertain them. A bundle of Post-it Notes, paper clips, teeny pegs and small notebooks will turn into an array of mini creations.
Sneaky snacks – Go for an organic lollipop or a small bag of crackers. A low sugar lollipop also helps if their ears get blocked on the plane.
Skinny books – Throw in some lightweight reading books as well as some Melissa & Doug sticker books.