It’s that time of year when lots of people are thinking about heading off on their holidays. With young children, the prospect of a long journey can seem daunting. Everyone would rather their child didn’t spend the entire time watching films on a tablet but it is so tempting when you are concerned about disturbing other passengers – we’ve all been there! The good news is, however, with a little bit of forward planning it is possible to at least punctuate the film-watching with some creative activities that won’t make a mess or annoy those around you. Why not give some of these a try this year?
- Bring along some paper and a set of rectangular (or other novelty shaped) wax crayons. Round crayons are a nightmare – you will end up spending the whole journey looking for them between the seats as they roll off the table.
- Take a set of post-it notes that can be used to cut out fish shapes. You can then while away some time playing the fishing game using a pencil with a bit of string attached to catch the fish. Cutting out the fish shapes will keep little fingers busy for a while too. (NB. children’s scissors are usually allowed on flights but don’t forget to get them out of your bag as you go through security – again, been there!)
- A little box of paper clips and some string can be used for threading a necklace or bracelet. You can also thread paper-clips into each other if you don’t have string. This won’t take up much room in your bag but will take quite a while to complete.
- Another thing that is light and doesn’t take up much space are pipe cleaners. They are great for making little sculptures and figures. They can be used to act out a story once completed. Double the fun!
- For slightly older children, origami is great fun. You can find lots of free printables at Origami Club