What are some activities I can do with my toddler on an airplane?

Me and my daughter are gonna be going back to Austin by this weekend by plane. And ive been trying to think of some activities i can play with her to keep her busy on the plane. Shes gets bored really fast and then wants to get down, and will throw fits if she cant. So what are some things I can do with her to keep her busy?


Asked by mommyofone32408 at 3:02 PM on Dec. 17, 2008 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • read her books, sing to her, take some pens and paper so she can draw something. explain her things on the plane (showing her around), brings some of her favorite toys.

    Answer by m.robertson811 at 3:16 PM on Dec. 17, 2008

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  • You need a new toy, something she hasn't seen before. Keep it and give it to her once on board.

    Many will suggest a DVD player but for such a short flight, and the fact that toddlers aren't good about wearing headphones, think it over before making such a purchase.

    I hope she has her own seat. That really helps! If you didn't book a seat, bring her car seat and ask nicely at check-in about the possiblity of an empty seat next to you to strap it into.

    It's much more comfortable too if the toddler has her own place on board.

    I'm a former Flight Attendant and I fly with my own three children between Europe and California about twice a year plus other shorter flights.

    For more non-commerical flying tips;


    Answer by Eclipsepearl at 9:08 AM on Dec. 18, 2008

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  • New toys really are a must. I have flown with my toddler a lot because her daddy's in the Navy. I normally do lots of small toys, she loves stickers, so we do the color forms. Color wonder books are good. Mini magnadoodle. I always suggest pipe cleaners, bend down the ends so nothing will poke her, and then you can make them into bracelets, flowers, animals, just bend them etc. I do movies with my daughter if it's a longer flight. I definitely do lots of singing. I suggest taking at least one change of clothes on the plane, my daughter always manages to go through so much clothes.. I would take cheerios or puffs. Also take a sippy cup so you can give her some juice during takeoff and landing to help her ears pop. Window seats are great too. Hope that helps some. Good luck.

    Answer by toriandgrace at 5:05 AM on Dec. 21, 2008

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