Flying long distances with young kids is at the same level on the enjoyment meter as going to the dentist for most parents. Although flights to Europe are less scary now then they were when our son was 2 and running everywhere, the key to flight success is still entertainment and I’m always looking for portable-yet-fun activities.
Activities with too many small parts don’t work well as they inevitably end up under the seat behind you — in fact, on our last flight, a beloved hot wheel ended up 10 rows behind us and we had the entire back half of the plane crouched over in a desperate search for the missing car.
I recently discovered a book called Julius! Pop-Up Sticker Activity Kit starring Paul Frank’s famed monkey — it’s a great travel toy. The book is light, durable, and includes 10 pages of stickers to use with the Drawing and Stickering Book. There are directions on each page to provide focus and a bit of challenge, plus there is plenty of room for random coloring. There’s even a pop-up scene with accompanying characters for an extra 20 minutes of distraction.
In short, it’s very cute! It’s geared for ages 3-8 and retails for $14.95. Read more details and/or order the kit from the Chronicle Kids website.