I recently took a plane trip with my three young sons and found these gadgets to be very helpful in entertaining them. They did get fidgety at times, but overall it was a smooth trip thanks to the gadgets below.
1. The Boostaroo Hi-Def Portable Headphone Amplifier & Audio Splitter:
This is a great tool for families with multiple kids who need to listen to the same movie on a laptop or portable DVD player with headphones. We had three headphones plugged in and all the boys were very happy. Better yet, it is also an amplifier which helped the kids hear over the roar of the airplane engines.
I blogged about the Leapster in a prior post. I like the Leapster because I can control the games my kids use and most are educational. My 8 1/2 year old especially enjoyed the Math Mission, Nascar and Sonic X games. My 4 1/2 year old enjoyed the Nemo, Letter Factory and Backyardigans.
3. Headphones that fit nicely on kids heads.
4. Laptop or Portable DVD player to play DVD’s (and a good selection of DVD’s).
5. Books, Books and more Books…
Our 4 1/2 year olds enjoyed this series by Nora Gaydos because their are ten books in a cover with stickers to keep the kids busy. My 8 1/2 year old enjoyed reading Harry Potter books.
6. Wikki Stix (updated after the ride home):
The Wikki Stix are light to carry and fun to use for making shapes. Just watch out if they make a big ball of Wikki Stix, it will be too tempting for them to throw it.
7. Anything Lego (with a small amount of pieces – also updated from my ride home):
This Lego Mini-Digger
is for 5 – 6 year old boys (my 4 1/2 year old twin boys love lego sets
like these because they have a figure included). And they only have 36
My 8 1/2 year old enjoys car sets so this Night Blazer Lego set is small enough to take on the plane and only has 66 pieces.
Better yet, they can play after they build them to extend the entertainment time. The sets should only be opened on the plane so that it feels like a new toy (I save mine as a surprise after the plane takes-off).
8. Low Tech Item – Cheerio Necklaces:
My friend sent me an email just before we boarded that suggested making cheerio necklaces using dental floss. I had one of those "darn it" moments because that would have been the perfect activity to feed and keep them busy when they were not reading or using their electronics. Maybe next time…..
What are your favorite gadgets to keep your kids busy on airplanes?
For more information on how to deal with other passengers on the plane that can not deal with fidgety kids, check out my post on the Silicon Valley Moms Blog…..