I prepared this pack in under 10 minutes, while The Younger One was entertained and it is a very easy ready-made travel pack for a short plane trip.
I knew we were going to have breakfast at home and lunch already in our destination, so I didn’t bother with very filling food. Instead, just some things to calm down and reload the body in crucial stages of the trip (queues at the airport, etc).
I got a little ziplock bag full of small cereal-type snacks, and another one with nuts. Then got some fruit pouches and cereal bars. I don’t usually buy fruit pouches or cereal bars, so this are, for The Older One, real treats.
For emergencies I got a little bag of fake-gummy bears (they don’t really have sugar but agave instead, because: who wants a sugared-up 2 year old on a flight?!!). and split them into small wraps (4 each) closed with masking tape.
Add a pack of corn crackers (my favourites) and that is it, a little (that is crucial!) bag full of yummy things which don’t put anyone on a sugar rush. On the morning of the flight I ended up adding a couple of apples and pears, and they also didn’t make it to the destination 😉 The dry snacks did, though, and were eaten while on holiday.
We went for a city break in Barcelona recently and I got a lot of looks and muffled comments when I used a wrist-child-harness with The Older One.
It always annoys me that people judge without knowing anything about the situation. This time though, I was smiling, because they had no idea how much fun we were having walking from Pl. Catalunya till the Casa Batlló.
A lot of children, even if quite adventurous back home, are much quieter when they go to another city/country. Not The Older One. He has the same curiosity and tendency to get distracted with everything. Walking with him is great if we have the time, and if we are not in one of the busiest places of one of the main touristic cities in Europe.
This time it was wonderful to be able to look around when he would point at something, and see things, and chat about them. He dislikes going hand in hand, and he loved the harness because he was allowed to walk a little bit faster or a bit slower than me, and be close to me whilst still taking in the surroundings.
I lived in Barcelona (a long time ago) and have walked that way dozens of times. Still, it was like doing it for the first time. Because the taxis are not pale yellow like in Berlin, and yes you can climb onto the book sculpture but no, the pages of the book don’t have drawings and so on and so on.
The child harness is now on my travel checklist. We called it “linha” in portuguese, which makes me smille because in portuguese “estar na linha” (“stay in the line”) would be used when someone behaves well.
Do you remember this Construction site play dough kit we have been playing with?
Well, the other day I thought it would be fun to play with the diggers in sand. Not real sand, though, but “moon sand” which is an easier version to clean 😉
I lined a cardboard box with a bin bag, fixed it with a couple of staples, and that was it!
I would be lying if I would say it is a “no mess” activity. A lot of the sand comes out. The good thing is that toddlers usually love brooms and dustpan, so they can do some of the clean up too.
Since The Older One was born, we have been in almost 30 flights with him.
Travelling with small babies is easy. They feed, and sleep, and are happy to be in your arms. As they grow, it gets more complicated, they sleep less and want more action.
In our case, we had to start taking stuff to entertain The Older One on the plane when he was around 11/12 months old.
Today I am sharing the pack I made the last time we travelled by plane, and I would say it is great for a 2 and a half to a 3 and a half year old.
I think the key is to have a lot of different things, all packed in individual bags, all small and light and at least some of them only used in certain occasions, to keep the “novelty factor”.
1. Some kind of puzzle
This time we took some of our large Plus Plus pieces.
2. A quiet thinking game
I love this bambino Lük system. Do you know it? I never knew it growing up in Portugal.
3. Colouring pencils, a block for drawing and some stickers 4. A small magic-wipe board 5. A sticker book 6. A little plastic recipient with two colours of play dough. 7. Some very small books. 8. Some beads and 3 pieces of elastic band to make “holiday bracelets” for him, mama and papa. 9. A game to fit the lace in the little holes. 10. A present. Something (little) he has been asking for… And that was it!
Best is all fits in a small drawstring bag which we kept under the front seat. Neat right?
We also take quite a lot of snacks… I will make another post on that 😉
Do you travel with your toddler by plane? Do you take anything to entertain them? Would love to hear about it on the comments!
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One more easy craft to do with little ones for the Easter breakfast table!
I drew and cut the outline of a bunny on a folded piece of paper.
Did a test run with different sized jars.
And The Older One coloured it in and, most importantly, stuck it on the glass with Sellotape. If you have a toddler you know how that can be the highlight of the day!!
After making some Easter Eggs (that haven’t survived 24hours, so we will be making more before actual Easter!), we needed some baskets for the eggs. The Older One had the company of two other toddlers for this, so I prepared everything in advance, to make things smoother.
I used this idea for making the baskets. Our squares are 26×26 cm and the little corners are 5×5 cm.
I chose some colours, and made a sample-basket to show how the baskets were going to be at the end.
These are their baskets, already with the fake-Easter-straw and the eggs inside! Cute aren’t they?
Easter is almost there, and this year we have tried making our own colours for the traditional Easter Eggs.
We used purple cabbage to make purple dye (the eggs turn blue), brown onion skins to turn the eggs a dark rusty orangey colour and carrots to turn them pale orange (total failure, the egg kept on being white).
I wanted to make prints of leaves/flowers while the eggs cooked, so I cut a pair of old tights to keep the leaves and flowers in place and we boiled the eggs inside the bits of tights (with cord on both sides).
My favourites are the onion ones, don’t they look great? The blue ones didn’t get a very strong colour, I suspect we didn’t leave them long enough in the dye…
I was also planning on making some patterns with the tape, but gave up on the idea as it would be too complicated for the little ones.
Will you dye some Eggs for Easter? Let me know if you would like details of how we did it, didn’t manage to take photos of every step but am happy to share!