Travelling with children can be daunting for parents, especially for those embarking on a flight with kids for the first time. The average flight time if you’re flying with  Flybe is just 53 minutes. But these minutes still need filling!

Little hands and heads get bored very quickly!

To keep little ones occupied during the flight, Flybe have created a list of 53 activities, ranging from some timeless classics like ‘I Spy’ and the alphabet game, to drawing games such as hangman and colouring in, to downloading their favourite programmes on electronic devices – don’t forget to pack headphones as this will avoid the whole cabin having to listen to Peppa Pig.

Snacks are also a great way to fill the time, pre-prepare a fun picnic with a selection of healthy snacks and don’t forget to pick up a bottle of water in the departure lounge or order one during the flight

Being organised in advance will help any journey run smoothly, so for little ones don’t forget to pack their favourite teddy in the cabin bag as they may even have a nap.

53 Activites

Here’s how to keep your little adventurers happy from take-off to landing.

  1. Noughts and crosses
  2. Stickers
  3. Paper and pencils – try drawing the plane
  4. Music
  5. Travel board games
  6. Memory games – “I went on a holiday and took……”
  7. Fun picnic
  8. Origami
  9. Guess who?
  10. Would you rather?
  11. Puzzle books
  12. Card games
  13. Naptime – with travel pillow
  14. Consequences game
  15. Word search
  16. Etch-a-sketch
  17. Finger puppets
  18. Finger knitting (don’t forget your wool)
  19. Telling stories
  20. Travel puzzles
  21. Practise pulling funny faces
  22. Learn a phrase in another language
  23. Use an old CD case as a mini white board
  24. Tin foil sculptures
  25. Spelling games
  26. Draw the pilot!
  27. Cloud spotting
  28. Pack a surprise goodie bag for them to unpack (£1 shop toys are the key!).
  29. Make jewellery with beads
  30. Snack necklace with dental floss and cereal hoops
  31. Make paper planes
  32. Fuzzy felt
  33. Close-up magic
  34. Lego
  35. How many? (“How many animals can you name that hatch from eggs?” etc).
  36. Rhyming tennis
  37. Two truths and one lie
  38. Hangman
  39. Stickmen comics
  40. Draw and guess
  41. Charades
  42. Makeover game (bring wipes)
  43. Play with their favourite app (make sure your phone’s charged)
  44. Bingo
  45. Playing hairdresser
  46. Drawing funny faces on magazine pictures
  47. The alphabet game (e.g. Apple, Banana, Carrot)
  48. If all else fails: “Let’s see who can stay quiet the longest!”
  49. Snacks
  50. Electronic devices (when permitted by cabin crew)
  51. I Spy
  52. Colouring in
  53. Story books

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