The stakes are high for toddler entertainment at 30,000 feet. I took the job of preparing busy bags very seriously. The idea behind busy bags is very simple. It’s a bottomless bag of new stuff to keep them busy.
For a few weeks prior to our flight, I gathered things from the dollar bins at Target or other stores we were at. I also ordered a bunch of knick knacks that came highly recommended. Not all of the items from our busy bags are pictured above, but these are some of the highlights.
Books: I didn’t want to carry around big, heavy books so I carefully selected a few very thin books that had high entertainment value. These are all interactive books that let kids pull, push, slide, point, etc.
- Hoppity Frog: A Slide-and-Seek Book – They loved learning to slide the cards within the pages to make animals pop up. This was my favorite book!
- Paw Patrol Hurry, Marshall! – It makes them giggle like crazy when the dog wiggles.
- Fingers for Lunch – For some reason it’s highly entertaining for them to put their fingers through the holes in this book.
- Sandra Boynton books are always engaging…and they’re really small. This is a great pack of her greatest hits.
Pop toobs: Thank you for this idea, Pinterest. A++
Foam misting fan: Big seller. The ‘blades’ are foam, so they can stick their fingers in it. Between the blowing air, the water mister, and sticking things in the ‘blades’, this provided very good entertainment.
Doodle Pro: We had never shown these to our kids before the flight. It kind of blew their mind, which means it occupied them for at least 20 minutes.
Post-it notes: Everyone told us to bring stickers. I packed a bunch of post-it notes instead, and it worked like a charm.
Painters tape: This was a tip we got from our twins club. Kids love painters tape, and it couldn’t be easier to unstick from airplane surfaces.
Finger puppets: We are pretty desperate by the time these come out of the busy bags.
Lots of plastic links: Put them together, take them apart, put them in cups, take them out of cups, put them in bags….on and on. These accessory links are less than $5 and come in a pack of 24.
Teething supplies: These multi-sensory silicone rings have been a favorite for nearly a year. Put them on a pacifier clip, and they’ll stay off of the airplane floor.
Mirrors: Who knew looking at yourself was SO much fun. I got these throw away mirrors in a dollar bin, but they lasted a surprisingly long time. Just try not to catch a glimpse of yourself after traveling cross country with twin toddlers.
You can read more about our airplane survival tips with our 15 month old twin boys here.