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Plane travel can be tricky with kids but there are ways to help the flight run smoothly and hopefully fast.

Pack a bag with goodies that are all a secret and surprise until you get on the plane.

Here are some things to take with you to keep the boredom away:

Car track – Make a material or cardboard portable car track.

DIY felt board – my kids love making pictures with their felt boards, you can make your own small felt board to pack.

Window clings – If you have a window seat, buy some window clings the kids can stick and peel off the windows.

Quiet book – Make a book with filled with pages of fun activities for the kids.

Threading – Dye some different shape pasta the kids can do threading with.

Counting – Make a simple counting abacus from cardboard, beads and string.

Magnetic board – Small magnetic boards are great and mess free drawing fun.

Playdough – Take a small tub of playdough, a plastic knife, cookie cutter and a rolling pin.

Books – Take a few of the kids favourite books for them to look at.

Colouring – Buy a new colouring or drawing book and some crayons.

Puzzles – Small puzzles are great for travel.

Screen time – If you have a tablet or phone with some games or shows, this is great way to get the kids to sit still for a few minutes, I usually keep this until they’ve tired of the other activities to buy some more sitting time.

Snacks – Airplane food is not always kid friendly and can be expensive so I would recommend taking plenty of snacks.

Do you have any tips to share? Please SHARE in the comments below.

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  • I’ve travelled a few times with babies and toddlers. I’ve found a lot of the time the little ones fall asleep

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  • Great crafty ideas, thanks!

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  • Most airlines give the little ones colouring in books, pencils etc.,…….. even to 3 year olds on a cheap country domestic flight we went on. Just remember some food cannot be taken when it has been on an interstate plane.
    Only issue we had was our little one wanted the window blind down when we were getting ready to land….and it had to stay up.

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  • I’ve always been too scared to travel on a plane with my little ones. These are some great tips. The threading one is a good one I hadn’t thought of and could keep them busy for awhile.

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  • oh it is such a hard one – they can feel our tension, so if we relax and act normal, it helps them… love all the soft play games here

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  • cool. some really fantastic ideas here!

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  • Love that quiet book!!

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  • Thanks for the tips. Think I may need to make the felt board and buy some window stickers before our next plane trip. Sounds like a fantastic idea.

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  • Great idea and great article – we have used a few of these (-:

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  • I love the idea of introducing surprises during the trip. I think you need to break up any long road or air trip with snacks, entertainment, a mix of screen time (movie) and other activities.

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  • Great tips – but depends on the age of the children involved. Mine were older and on the two? hour flight from Sydney to Cairns just wanted to watch out of the window most of the time. Of course there were no gadgets in those days either. My greatest fear is their ears, so hard to stop that ache when they are young – thank heavens for good hosties.

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  • I had a craft bag including paper cup cake patties to pull apart (then throw), crayons and paper, paddle pop sticks with Velcro on each side to stick and pull apart, stickers etc. I pulled a different zip lock craft activity out esch hour or so… Worked pretty well

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  • Good tips ! We did most of these and they really get excited with their new bag filled with goodies.

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  • These are some interesting ideas here…

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  • These are all fantastic ideas. I love the felt boards. We fly often so my trick is to buy a new book for my toddler so he has something new to read and keep him interested.

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