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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Toys for the trip


Toys and Games you may wish to take with you
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Entertaining a child on long flights and with delays in flights can be taxing.
Airlines will usually give them a play kit, but chances are you will be flying several times on the same airline and can be boring when it is a repeated hand-out.

You need a lot of variety with entertainment.


General Toys

 An inflatable world globe.
You can make a game where he can throw it to people in the waiting room and they can show him what country they are from.
Can get people talking, but check to see it is not annoying.
Also check how you feel about your child talking to strangers.
You can play roll the ball in a corner too.
Deflate when game over.
Great for the pool too.

36CM Globe Inflatable Blow-up Pool Toy Party Favours


Trash Packs
Easy to store, small but not that small.

Bulk lot Trash Packs + Trash Bins Series One + Series Two 16 in Total


Mighty Beans 

Great to collect and small

Small hanging toys you can clip to their backpack
Small collectable toys

25 Piece Wholesale Pokemon Bulk Lots Toys Action Figures Dolls Small Figurines


Toy soldiers
Small and easy to pack, can be political in some countries I am told

Yoyo

Pack of Cards

Magnetic board games especially for travel

A few Cars, trucks etc.

Bulk Matchbox, Hotwheels and Other Cars


When your child becomes bored with their toys, encourage them to give them to village children.
We gave away stacks of them on our last three trips - it became addictive to give !





















Books and Activities

-           Puzzle Books
-           Colouring in – remember the coloured pencils and sharpener
-           Journal

1x Junior Puzzle Fun 208pages of puzzles for kids Educate & Entertain FREE POST

Electronic Games

Remember the power chargers!
-           DSi – can take photos and can be expensive, so ensure they are not left on planes
-           Can buy a R4 card on some web sites that hold 20 – 40 games as a cheaper option
-           ipod with touch screen
            Besides loading it with games, you can add a movie, all the child’s photos, and some educational apps including languages.


Other sitting activities and rest time

Planes and buses are also a great time to catch up on your child reading to you, doing their journal, and other studies. 
Use your sitting time as a classroom, and remember to give your child a lot of breaks.  

A boy is playing a computer game, isolated on the white background Stock Photo - 6389381

Encourage them to get up and walk the aisles with you, to drink lots of water, and if need be catch up on sleep. 
Try to get some sleep yourself, as you are in total control and sleeping in a plane, providing your valuables are tucked away is pretty safe.
Try to limit the time your child has on electronic equipment. 
Early days of wrist, thumb and eyestrain are the new health issues in minors.  
There is a great selection of Apps you can add to iPods and computers for kids to to have fun whilst learning.  
Try to offer at least one of these sessions.  
Fun with Mathematics is a great one to use.

Fun With Franklin: Math Activity Book by Paulette...

A favourite toy in all the photo's

You can make a bit of an adventure of Rupert the Bear or whatever their favourite toy is to be in some photos too.


Can you suggest some others?
We would love you to suggest some great things for us that won't weigh us down too much.


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