Matchbox-sized toy airplane entertains toddlers during flights
When flying with toddlers pack a small toy airplane, no bigger than Matchbox car size, for your child to play with during take off and landing.
It's a great distraction for nervous fliers as you roll the plane down their legs to show them how the plane takes off. For more experienced child fliers you can throw in some loops, jumps and twists.
Our kids are part of the digital age of tablets and smart phones, so this trick is especially good when all electronics must be turned off and they need a little distraction.
This is one of those hacks that's deceptively simple. "Toy plane while flying" seems obvious, but there's more to it. Think of the learning that can happen during conversations about flight or airplanes or engines. For older kids, you could combine toy plane fun with the maps at the back of the in-flight magazine for a relevant geography lesson.
The context is what makes this hack, I think.
Parents of toddlers: what's your most effective distraction during takeoff and landing?
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