What makes a 12 hour flight with 2 kids by yourself absolutely unbearable?! Not being prepared with enough kid friendly travel activities. Being a professional procrastinator, I had exactly zero activities lined up for our trip that is happening in 3 days. To say I was stressing out about it is a bit of an understatement. Like most women, when I am feeling stressed I head to my safe haven. Target. Something about buying $300 worth of crap I didn’t even intend on getting makes the stress melt away.
So I walk in the store and head straight for the dollar section and wouldn’t you know what they have in stock RIGHT NOW? A whole range of completely affordable kid friendly travel activities!! It’s like the Target Gods read my mind and knew I needed some guidance on how to keep the kids entertained! Let’s check out these 8 kid friendly travel activities I was able to scoop up for just $20.
1. Felt Board Games ($1)
If you read my post on rainy day activities, you know my family loves board games. When I saw this I absolutely could not resist (the cost didn’t hurt in convincing me either). Unlike traditional board games, these felt games are much easier to play on the plane because the pieces stick to the board. We also don’t have to worry about losing pieces because each game comes in a reusable zip up pouch. They have a few different games available so you can pick and choose which ones will work best for your kids.
2. Lacing Shapes ($1)
The lacing shapes activity is targeted for kids pre-K and up. It comes with 8 cardboard pieces and 4 pieces of string. The cardboard pieces have several holes for your child to weave the string in and out of. This activity is advertised to encourage independent learning, fine motor skills, and spatial relationships. This activity also comes in a reusable zip up container so you can easily store it without losing any pieces.
3. Window Clings ($1)
Window clings work well for both airplane travel and road trips. They are virtually mess free and will keep kids of all ages entertained for a while. These were so cheap that I decided to get a few different varieties that way the kids can make up different scenes. I also opted to get the window clings because they don’t take up a lot of space in carry on bags so you have room for other essentials.
4. Road Trip Bingo ($1)
I’m going to be honest with this one, you definitely get what you pay for. Some of the sliders don’t work completely, but for $1 I’m not really complaining. Road trip bingo is basically a scavenger hunt turned into a game for a treat. It’s a great way to keep the kids on the lookout and entertained. You can also use bingo as a way to teach your younger kids about different street signs and types of vehicles.
5. Felt Activity Book ($3)
This activity book is an excellent find for younger kids. Your child will learn about colors, counting, and matching. There is also a scene page at the end where they can arrange the felt pieces to make a story. Like the board game mentioned above, the felt pieces will stick easily to the pages so you don’t have to worry about making too much of a mess. When you are done playing, there is a little pouch inside of the book to store the pieces.
6. Magnetic Play Scenes ($3)
You can never go wrong with magnets and kids. My kids are 2 and 5 and both of them could play with magnets all day. That’s why when I saw this, I knew we had to have it. This play scene opens up like a book and there is one background with various different magnets to stick on it. You can use this as a way to make up stories with your kids or just let them have some magnet fun. You can also get dry erase markers to let them add their own flare to the background for some added fun.
7. Read And Color Kit ($5)
Of all of the things we got at Target, this is my favorite of the kid friendly travel activities. Although it is the most expensive, it comes with the most variety in one package. Each kit comes with a book (some are stories and some are activities), coloring pages, stickers, and play sheets to put the stickers on. Whether you kids love to read, solve puzzles, color, or make up their own story, this book has everything their little heart could desire.
8. Headphones ($5)
Since there will be in flight movies and I’m packing our tablets, I needed to get some over the ear headphones for the kids. Although we are very adamant about limiting our kids screen time, I need to have every option possible to keep the kids entertained. I was fully prepared to drop at least $20 a pop on these when I walked in the store. It was a no brainer to pick these up instead! Both pairs we got fit perfectly on our kids’ heads and they work just fine.
What Are You Waiting For? GO TO TARGET!!!
As if you weren’t already planning a trip there this week, haha! But in all seriousness, if you aren’t familiar with the Target dollar bins, they rotate pretty frequently. These items won’t be there forever so whether your trip is sooner or later, the price makes it worth it to go get these things now. If you have found other awesome kid friendly travel activities that I haven’t mentioned, please hook a sister up! I am always looking for new, cheap ideas to keep the kids entertained.
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