Gearing up for a family plane trip? Make sure the friendly skies stay friendly with airplane games and activities that kids will love! These ideas are simple, mess-free, and guaranteed to help distract youngsters until it’s time to land. Keep scrolling for your new favorite in-flight entertainment!
Make Ten Card Game
Card games are a classic way to entertain kiddos during a plane ride. We like how this Make Ten game from Mama. Papa. Bubba calls for a deck of cards (easy!) and basic math skills (educational!). Get the free printable here.
Use your airplane tray table as a flat surface for folding origami! This activity proves you can do crafts on a plane, and there are no fancy materials involved. Just pick up the folding paper before your trip or bring along some scratch paper.
Podcasts and Audiobooks
Turn plane time into story time! Queue up a few audiobooks before taking to the skies (Bonus: kids can listen to their favorite stories narrated by famous voices.). You can even download some awesome family-friendly podcasts.
DIY LEGO Travel Kit
Print off a few maze worksheets (they're free!), and join the maze craze! There are tons of mazes to choose from and kids can always turn them into coloring sheets after they're done. Find more mazes here.
On your return route, write a bunch of postcards to friends and family telling them all about your family trip! Forgot to pick up a stack of postcards? Write letters instead!
This homemade geoboard is the perfect on-the-go activity for an airplane trip! It's hands-on fun with zero mess, and it upcycles two common household items. Find out how to make one over at Hands on as We Grow.
Did you know the Crayola website has free printable coloring pages? It's easy to stick a stack in your carry-on, and kids can choose from Disney characters, nature scenes, and more!
Airplane Scavenger Hunt
Dry Erase DVD Case
Copy this genius idea from Teaches Third in Georgia and turn an old DVD case into an airplane-friendly dry erase board! Use it for Pictionary, practicing sight words or just doodling around. Learn more here.
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