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21 Awesome Airplane Activities for Kids

Here are some awesome Airplane Activities for Kids that will help you keep them occupied throughout the flight.

During last year we began to consciously reduce our use of screens in all aspects of our lives. On Instagram we sought advice from other parents and got a wealth of fantastic ideas, which are included here; along with some of our own. This blog recognises all those people that commented with thanks (some people are featured too!)

We’ve noticed lots of blogs and posts of late that make mention of an IPad loaded with new games as a ‘must go’ item for children’s travel. We are considering taking it off our travel list all together. But first… we need to go well prepared!!!

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playing with a doll before takeoff, about 2 years

Plan, Plan, Plan – airplane activities for kids & toddlers

Consider that each of these activities might occupy 15 minutes. For a 4 hour flight, you have taking off, and landing – each about 15 minutes, plus a meal which would be 30 minutes if you are lucky! So you would need 3 hours of activities which is 12 activities… which seems like a lot, but remember that some activities can be repeated!

1. Being Grateful

Part of keeping them busy on flights for us is giving back to the cabin crew and pilots….we sometimes create artworks/notes on the airplane and a treat sometimes is brought with us to give it back to them to say thanks for getting us to our destination safely…we also do the walk down to the back of the plane and say thank you to the cabin crew. It breaks the trip up on the plane and my children are learning about being grateful and giving back. Contributed by soul_low_bloom

  1. Presents/Gifts

My mother first did this when we were heading off on a 36 hour long distance marathon with a 2 year old. It sounds consumer- oriented, but in fact it doesn’t have to be about buying new things. Op-shops have so much cheap stuff, often good quality, that you can buy ‘new’ cars/toys/dolls for just a few dollars. Wrap them up and instant interest! Given they are cheap you don’t feel bad should you leave them in your destination. (Or encourage your child to give them to another child) many of the activities listed here can also be wrapped up to add to the excitement

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playing with a plastic toy bought overseas, with her grandmother

Verbal Games for Kids and Toddlers on an Airplane

  1. Animals ABCs. Take turns by naming an animal starting with A, then B and so on until you finish the alphabet. You can do the same with cities and countries. minimewanderlust
  2. I spy… can go on for a long time. Particularly good once the children have learnt their letters.
  3. Count the number of passengers on the plane – how many in your row, how many rows etc.
  4. Teach a new language. If you are going to a place where they speak a different language, teach Hello, Thank you and Goodbye… You will make instant friends when you get off the plane, and break down barriers from the moment you arrive.
  5. Storytelling

Some starter lines… which help to have up your sleeve.

  • I turned on the tap in the bathroom and chocolate milk came out? What had happened?
  • What would happen if the kettle had legs?
  • What if the flowers can talk? What language would they speak? Do they have names?

There is a wealth of great ideas at Getting Children Writing Story ideas for Children aged 3-11 by Simon Brownhill

When children start school a pre-writing phase is the ability to tell a story with a beginning, middle and end. Teach this structure during your travel storytelling and it will be a bonus

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with her doctor’s kit (in a hotel room)

Plane activities that involve playing with something – best  airplane activities for kids

  1. A bag of goodies… for younger children, eg, 12-24 months a bag of random things can keep them entertained for hours. a keychain, a pair of old sunglasses, hair ties, an old necklace… each item is pulled out with care, because once they have seen the item and played with it, often they aren’t interested again!
  2. Stickers, Stickers, Stickers. Everyone agrees they are easy/light to pack and can keep kids of all ages entertained. Stickers on paper are good, but so are stickers on plastic water bottles. Take a look at

    Re-usable stickers that can go on windows are fun as they can go on the airplane windows … in Australia can be found at target. Kids need to share the window though!!!

  3. Cards – that’s right – old fashioned cards are a brilliant way to spend time on an airplane. For littlies think Old Maid, or Go Fish. By the time they are about 6 Uno can be played for hours. Even a standard pack of cards and Full House is excellent. (and great for maths!) Take a look here  GO FISH Untamed America, a 3-in-1 Classic Card Game for Kids
  4. Lego is our screen-free winner on the plane. Our girls each have a small pack and a small base plate with a sticky bottom. They build and then play with it…for hours! whereistheworld
  5. We make bead bracelets or necklaces for the entire crew and gift it to them at end of flight my little is 3yo so beading takes a really long time for her lol foreigntravelmom

for older ones Colorful Acrylic Beads Children Beaded Toys Handcrafts Materials

for younger ones 30 Jumbo Toddler Lacing & Stringing Beads

For ideas of some of the products mentioned above

For older kids

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7 Responses

  1. Helena
    Helena / 5-29-2017 / ·

    These sound like great activities for children that are at primary school. #MondayEscapes

  2. The Queen of Collage
    The Queen of Collage / 5-29-2017 / ·

    These sound great activities for kids at primary school. #MondayEscapes

  3. travelingchristie
    travelingchristie / 5-29-2017 / ·

    There are some great ideas here. When the boys were little we used to always take holiday survival kits on the plane with us with cars, action figures and books. All new and unseen until they got to the airport and they loved it, they were a huge success x

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