Keep boredom at bay: Tips when travelling with children
It’s that time of the year again, the kids are breaking up from school and we have six long weeks to keep them entertained and happy! If you’re going away this summer with the children in tow, you might be feeling a little anxious about how to keep them occupied on route. If you are, then you’re in the right place, as we’ve compiled several tips on how to help keep boredom at bay when taking kids on a plane, train or even in the car.
We have to admit, when it comes to enjoying a stress-free journey, iPads, Android and Windows tablet apps can be our best friends! Loading the tablet with some fun apps could well be your ticket to a peaceful plane ride, but which apps should you opt for?
If your child is pre-school or at nursery, Endless Alphabet would be a good choice of app. Available for both iOS and Android, your child will have fun dragging letters into place and watching amusing animations, in what is both an entertaining and educational app.
Minecraft – Pocket Edition
The popularity of Minecraft is immense, as children of a broad range of ages have hours of fun crafting, mining and defeating a myriad of objects and obstacles. Minecraft Pocket Edition can be downloaded on iOS and Android devices.
If your child isn’t a fan of Minecraft at the beginning of the trip, the chances are he/she will be at the end!
If your child is showing signs of having a flare for music or if you’d like to get your child more involved with music, Rhythmic Village could be the perfect app. This novel app encourages kids to learn to read sheet music and improve their rhythm and music skills by using percussions – Just remember to keep the tablet’s volume on low on if you’re travelling on public transport as this app can get noisy!
Rhythmic Village is available for the iPad, IPhone, Mac and Windows 8.
Of course there are other ways to entertain children when travelling that doesn’t involve apps. Combining technology with good old-fashioned methods will ensure your child gets a good balance of ‘pass the time’ activities.
Pens and paper
You can’t go wrong with packing some pens and paper in your flight bag. If you have a little one, a colouring book might prove invaluable, and for older children, why not ask them to write down ten thing they are looking forward to the most about their holiday?
Magnetic travel board games
If and when boredom does start to creep in, whipping out a magnetic board from your flight bag could be a godsend. Whether is Travel Ludo, Magnetic Snakes and Ladders or Travel Drafts, the whole family can be entertained with handy travel board game.
Books are of course a fabulous way to pass the time, for all ages. Remember to pack a selection of books for your children as they will not just come in handy whilst travelling but they should also prove priceless during the holiday as well.
Whether you are off to an apartment in the south of Spain, going camping in Devon or are travelling to Leeds to stay in the Weetwood Hall, ensuring your bag in brimming with apps, books, pens and games, will go a long way in helping you keep your sanity when travelling with children this summer.