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Best Baby And Toddler Toys For The Flight

Updated November 2015 – All items have been bought by me and tested on long haul flights of 12 hours and more. This post does contain some affiliate links, which will cost absolutely nothing to you, but may mean I earn a few pennies to help keep this site running.

Tried and tested toys for children on flights. Want to keep the boredom at bay? Ex flight attendant and Mum, Carrie guides you through her recommended kids inflight toys for various ages. The baby toys are listed first, followed by toddler toys. You may also find my post on age appropriate apps useful for the flight too. 

The following toys have worked well for myself and other Mums. I highly recommend wrapping the smaller items in paper and tape as this provides extra entertainment for your little one and their inquisitive fingers. (Obviously not practical to wrap loads if you have several tots – but a couple of small surprises for all really does help in moments of need!) They are available at the time of writing from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. Work is in progress to make an age appropriate list. Please let me know in the comments if a toy was invaluable for your flight and the age of your baby or toddler.

All items have been bought by me and tested on long haul flights of 12 hours and more. 

 

Baby

1. Soft cloth book– One of my favourites is Good Night, Teddy. Available from Amazon. My 7 month old loved watching me taking the teddy out and putting him in a different place on each page.  A great interactive and educational book.

2. Stacking cups. Little ones love putting things in them, and taking them out again. I particularly liked this bath set from Munchkin, which is neatly stacked for hand luggage and ideal for in and out of water. Also great to play with in a bath or a pool at the destination too. Gorgeous bright colours to practice naming them with your child and also motor skills when stacking them. They also have the option of being stuck together to form a caterpillar and for pouring water with different perforations.

3. Anna Banana by Tiny Love. This fun interactive toy is also quiet! You can peel the crinkly banana skin, bounce it, hear the squeak, chew parts and look in the mirrors.Great from birth and apparently 1 year olds enjoy it too. Very versatile.

4. Sassy Ring-O-Links Teethers.  A firm favourite since she was a tiny baby and she still loves them now. The bright colours engage and provide visual stimulation, whereas the links have different textures on which appeals to babies since of touch. All linked together they can be used as a rattle, or separately as a teether. Another very versatile toy.

Links being used by Saliie Bruce for her baby

Links being used on an airline bassinet by Saliie Bruce for her baby

 

5. Baby Einstein Lights and Melodies Mirror.  My little one just LOVES this. Babies seem to love looking at themselves in the mirror, and this has a few bonuses.  Don’t be alarmed with the word ‘melodies’. The beauty of this product, is that you can choose the option you want, with lights only, lights and melodies, learning colours in English, French and Spanish., or the all important off button. It has a strap which can be used to attached to car seat head rests, which you can try to attach to some tray tables if you don’t have the bassinet seat.
6. Bright Starts Take Along Toy- Bar A portable toy bar can come in handy for putting over a bassinet as well as using at the destination or on a car seat etc. It has velcro bit on each side which depending on style of bassinet can stick to it. Alternatively, you can use the rings above to help secure it.

bright-start-toy-bar

7. Tiny Love Spin Ball. This is a great sensory toy. Makes a click clack sound with its moving segments and also has a mirrored inside. The bobbles on the outside are great to develop the sense of touch, the colours are great and my little one has played with since about 4 months and at a year still loved it. For 6 months +. It’s much smaller than the Bright Starts ball above so really can just be popped into a bag.

9. Buckle Toy Whale. My 1 year old LOVES this and it keeps her so busy. It has several buckles to do up, and a zip. The only issue is once they master the buckle, you may get asked a few times to unbuckle it, until they discover that skill too. Nonetheless, it has easily occupied her for over 30 minutes. A firm favourite on all our journeys, car included.

Buckle Toy Whale- ideal for keeping toddlers and older babies busy on a flight or long car journey.

Buckle Toy Whale

10. Some favourite books include the ‘Find The .. series  Lots of things to spot on each page.

Find the Duck - great book for babies and toddler when travelling.

Find the Duck

 

and also the Julia Donaldson ‘Lift the Flap’ series. Fox’s Socks, Hide and Seek Pig etc.  Again lots of things to spot and fun lifting the flaps to see who is hiding. 

Fox's socks- lift the flap books - perfect for travel

Lift the flap books

 

 Toddlers

For toddlers, a little more entertaining is required. Good ideas include:-

  • Mini figurines such as the Happy Land characters from the Early Learning Centre                                                                                                      
  • Stickers
  • Gel window stickers. These are reusable, mess free and very handy if you have a window seat on a plane, or even for the destination if in a car or coach.
  • Fuzzy Felt or similar
  • Duplo – my one year old and four year love Duplo. The number train is easy to pack and fun too.
best toddler toys Tomy mini water aqua doodle mats

Tomy Aquadoodle Water mats

  • Crayola Colour Wonder colouring books and pens. ‘Magic’ pens which only show the colour on the special colouring book and not on clothes, seats etc.
  • Melissa and Doug reusuable stickers.
  • Tomy aquadoodle water mini mats. Great re-usable colouring in mats, which just use a water pen. Suitable from 18 months plus.
  • You can also make puppets out of the on-board sick bags or paper cups if you are feeling creative!
  • Interactive Apps – See my separate post on Apps.
  • Magnetic boards e.g Imaginets.
  • Finger Puppets
  • I also liked this activity my friend suggested –
toddler toys

‘Sweetie’ necklace with strawberry laces and Cheerios

Some Cheerios or any cereal with a ring shape and a sweetie lace.  Great for fine motor skills and the kids like making and eating them too. Plus it takes a bit of time.  

  • Anything from a $ or £ store. We also really liked these little cut out people which you can dress and the cardboard tube/paper cup characters. There are plenty of art and crafty bits in there, meaning you can raid the aircraft loo’s for more cups to use.
  • Busy Bookstoddler toys
toddler toys

Paper doll stickers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have I missed any toys that have worked for you? Please do comment below so I can add them.

 

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A collection of age appropriate toys and activities to entertain babies and toddlers on a flight. Including cheerio necklaces, puppet making from airplane props, and other tried and tested toys used on long haul flights.

8 Comments

  1. Hi Carrie

    Thank you so much for this entire blog. I've just read every post. My husband and I are travelling to the US with our 10 month-old daughter in a couple weeks and this site has been a lifesaver! Thanks for putting so much helpful information out there. I feel more relaxed about the entire journey now 🙂

  2. Hi Andrea,

    Many thanks for your kind words. It's lovely to know it's helped. Please let me know how your flight went and what was the most useful for you. I've just updated the baby milk and foods post with details on what's available in the USA, UK and Australia, with more to come.

  3. Hello! Here are three more suggestions for toys that are amazing for traveling toddlers and their mommies (and daddies too). Hope it compliments your page.

    Melissa & Doug Reusable Sticker Pad

    Crayola Wonder Markers

    Imaginets

    Great page! Great information! Keep it up!

    Diana

  4. Thanks for a really helpful blog.
    My 2 year old loves busy books? A box with a story and figurines – we have a Disney Princess one which she plays with all the time and have bought a Paw Patrol one for our flight to Cyprus next week. They are great and about £5. Will be wrapping ours for the flight what a good idea 🙂
    Will be buying a couple of the suggestions above for our 4 month old. Thank you x

    • Thank you. Ooh yes, I forgot about busy books. We have the Frozen ones and the Barbie. Great for entertainment. Its really cute watching them role -play too! have a great trip to Cyprus and do let me know how you got on.

  5. Thank you for all these suggestions! I can suggest one more cheap and entertaining activity for a toddler. I usually pack an empty spice jar (with several holes on the top of it) and a bunch of toothpicks (not sharp) or matchsticks. My daughter can stay occupied for at least 30 min putting the sticks through the holes of a jar. And then you can empty it and repeat the process again!

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