It’s that time of year in Singapore. The international schools are on their summer break, its hot and humid (even more so than usual, that is!), and most of the playgroups and sports classes are on hiatus. Many of my expat friends have disappeared to Europe, US or Australia to see their families or take a long family holiday.
We are well-versed on the art of travelling with kids. More is better. Bringing out toys or snacks one at a time is a must. Keeping as much of the kids routine intact on the plane as possible (dinner, PJ’s on, brush teeth, story, milk, sleep). Xavier at 3.5 is easy, happy with an iPad, a movie, a snack. I still bring toys etc to occupy him, but on the most part he is a dream. Marcel at 1.5 is hard work. Stubborn, confident, distracted and wilful. Hence my need for oversupply of options to keep his active little mind engaged.
For those struggling to think of ideas of what to bring on a plane with their little ones, here are my top 10 Toys/Activities to take on a plane.
Playdough – It’s amazing how long I can get out of a couple small tubs of playdough and a few cutters and rollers!
Books – I always bring 2 lift the flap books for Marcel and one of Xavier’s favourite (longer read) books.
Stickers – They will end up everywhere, but will keep the kiddos entertained. Ideally one with a sticker book.
Mini Puzzle – The best we have found are small (9 piece ) puzzles you can colour in, great craft and activity for 3 +
Activity Books – Xavier loves activity books (word finds, mazes, colouring). Marcel will have a scribble of a wipe clean book, or a felt/magnet book works well.
A bag of small toys – I usually pack a lunch bag with a variety of small toys – takes ages for them to sift through.
Duplo or Lego – a small zip lock bag of Duplo for under 3, Lego for 3+ works a treat. You will likely spend a good deal of time hunting under the seats for all the pieces, but it will definitely give you a few happy moments with the kids!
Etch A Sketch – Just a small one. Marcel loves scribbling and pulling the lever to wipe the screen clean.
Finger Puppets – Easy to carry and interactive. Trying to get the puppets on their chubby little fingers is half the fun.
Giftwrap a New Toy – Gift wrap a new toy for the plane (matchbox car, dinosaur, something small). Only bring it out when all other avenues are exhausted. Unwrapping is half the fun.
Hopefully this list will provide some respite!
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