I went out to the shops today to try and find several little toys that I could wrap for ds to play with on the plane and hopefully keep amused along with books. Came back empty handed. There is nothing that either doesn't make a noise, or a mess which will p... off other passengers. Has anyone got any ideas?
Finger puppets, crayons and paper - toddler scissors and some scrap paper keep my DD2 going for ages. ToysRUs do some neat very little books - 5 that fit into a box about animals that DD2 loved when we took her on a plane.
I also made sure mine were hungry and that I had food with me for them - a drawn out meal can eat up (!) half an hour or more.
You can buy the reusable sticker type things (someone help me out here !). Do you know what I mean ??
You get a story background and loads of stickers. You can then place the stickers as many times as you want making different scenes. Reckon a two year old could do them with a bit of help from mum.
We took DD on a 10 hour flight last summer, aged about 26 months.
* Little story books
* Wax crayons and notebook/little colouring book (pencil crayons need sharpening!)
* Mini jigsaw (actually got it on a children's magazine)
* little toy car
* little dolly
* sticker books
Poundland and Home Bargains do some nic elittle toys. We got DD a little train set (push along) with train, carriage and track - cost 99p - and it just fir nicely on the tray. We also got a little box of bricks too.
Someone mentioned stacks of baby wipes - both for obvious uses and also just for pretend cleaning windows, trays, seat backs, mummy etc.
The thing we found longest lasting on journeys is those horrible stretchy yellow smiley men - I think because you can take a bit of frustration out on them. You can get lizards and so on which are slightly less horrible.
Ds2 (2.5) will listen to a walkman with nursery rhymes and stories for ages. Otherwise we take pretty much what everyone else has mentioned - etchasketch definitely good idea, stretchy lizards and dinosaurs, sticker books, some pens, lots of books.
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Thats difficult lots of great toys but with bits to drop everywhere.
Perhaps a small bead frame, don't know how long it would hold interest.
A cube type jigsaw you used to get one with platic cubes that fitted into a tray and had individual pitures on somesides and a big picture to make up on the others.
If you take any toys with "bits" make sure they are big enough to find easily under seats. Nothing round as it will roll away never to be seen again. I suppose at 2yrs you waon't have small bits anyway.
Shame you can't get headphones for those noisy toys.
How long will the flight be and are there seat back tv's.
Mine are 5 and 8 and were easy to amuse with drawing stuff and DVD's to watch on DH's laptop.
Head for ELC and refuse to leave until they come up with some ideas .