Friday, 12 June 2015
They say that the best gift you can give your kids is the gift of travel. When you let them see the world, you’re opening their minds and increasing their appreciation for different people and cultures. Best of all, you’re building lifelong memories with them! But this is easier said than done. Traveling with kids can be pretty challenging especially when boredom strikes.
To help you with that, here are some boredom buster activities you can do with your little backpackers.
Art materials. Bring some washable pens or crayons, papers or printable activity sheets, and stickers to keep them busy on the plane. You can always ask for papers from flight attendants in case you run out of them. Please don’t bring paints. This can also be useful for older kids who want to doodle.
Books. Reading to your child can pacify them in a flight. And if you read to them at night, it also helps them in adjusting to the hotel room or the new environment they’re in. Bring paperback books, cloth or bath books because these are lightweight. Books are also great for middle school kids and teens.
Small toys. This could be a couple of cars, dolls, animals, robots—anything that they can use for imaginative play. Finger puppets are great, too! They’re small and usually made of either foam or cloth. Make sure they’re packed in small plastic bags or containers that are readily accessible.
Portable family board game. Remove the box, keep the board at the bottom of your luggage or carry-ons (to avoid bending), and keep the dice, timer, chips, and other pieces in one small zip lock. This will also add more bonding time with your kids when you’re just in the hotel room.
Play mind games. There are many mind games you can do while on the plane or on the road such as pass the message (for memory), once upon a time wherein you tell a part of the story and your child fills in what will happen next (for creativity), guess what’s on my mind to describe something or someone (for vocabulary), and more! These games are hilarious, too!
Gadgets. Use them in case of emergency and yes, sparingly. Make gadgets always your last resort. Let your kids use their imagination first. Being in another place is an opportunity for them to roam around and explore. Don’t limit them to a 10-inch screen. Gadgets also have the tendency to disengage your kids, making the travel experience less enticing for them.
We hope these boredom busters will make traveling more fun for you and your kids! What other activities have you tried? Feel free to share it with us!
Posted by Christine on 06/12/2015 - 12:57 PM
Thanks! Very helpful!
Posted by Steve on 06/12/2015 - 05:16 PM