If heading away this year, then ways of keeping kids entertained while travelling will be top of your list. For us forward planning is always the best option when travelling with kids. Keeping your kids entertained at the best of times can be hard work, but in a small space, it can be even harder. We have already wrote an article about keeping kids entertained in a car, however the tips below can be for a road trip, plane journey, train trip etc.
Our 10 Ways Of Keeping Kids Entertained While Travelling
There are a range of magazines suitable for toddlers, preschoolers and older kids. A couple of magazines to read (or you to read) can keep your kids entertained.
Not for everyone, but tablet filled with videos or educational apps is great for entertainment. A DVD player has also come in very handy for us over the years just to grab ourselves a bit of peace and quiet for a while.
Great for preschoolers and young kids. Keeps them entertained and we had a great deal on Amazon last year. Think it was something like 10 sticker books for £10. We now have a box filled full of sticker books!
We made a travel Lego box for Big K. We took a tub for Ikea and then bought a Lego base. We then super glued the base to the lid and filled the tub with Lego. We use this in restaurants etc for keeping Big K entertained while waiting for food. Great for travelling too.
Travel Activity Packs
Pinterest is great for this. It gives you so many ideas for making a little activity pack for your kids to keep them entertained. We are hoping to make some for our next trip to Holland for our boys. Will let you know how we get on!
Our boys love dancing and singing to the radio, so we also have a range of CDs we can use when on a road trip. If flying or on a ferry etc then you could easily fill up an MP3 player with some music appropriate for children.
Box of Toys
Okay maybe not ideal if you have luggage restrictions but we always take toys with us. Even if that means one of the boys Trunki’s is filled with toys. It means while on holiday then can sit down and play with their own toys and have done “down time”. Big K helps pick his toys, Little K doesn’t get a choice at the moment but soon he will.
Read a Book or Audio Books
Depending on your child’s age and even you are driving or not. Then a book can keep a child entertained for quite a while. Our boys love books but they are not quite old enough to sit and read themselves just yet. Car sickness also means I can’t read to them so unfortunately we rely on audio books. They are great for toddlers, preschoolers, and young children. Might have a look into how to get them to work if you were going to be flying.
I Spy, Travel Snap, there are loads of games that will keep your kids entertained while you are on the move. We have a travel snap game which are eldest loves. The cards are brightly coloured and have places from around the world on them!
Food can be your savoir. Giving our boys small snacks throughout the journey helps take their mind off a long journey. Nothing messy…otherwise you are going to have a cleaning job to do as well as cleaning up the kids!
And if all else fails…hit the wine/gin! (Only joking) Or if you are like us and don’t drink hope that your journey won’t take much longer.
We would suggest breaking up your journey as much as possible, which means you can let your kids run off some energy. However, that can be hard when you are on a train/plane. Just breathe and remember you are not alone, and other parents will more than likely have gone through what you have.
Do you have any tips for keeping your kids entertained while travelling?