Entertaining Kids on Trips with Interactive Drawing

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Travel is one experience that holds the power to change a child’s perspective on life. However, keeping children entertained- especially on long train or airplane rides-can be a real challenge for parents, and a quite exhausting one.

We have already presented several tips and ideas for air travel with baby or toddler, as well as some ideas for traveling with kids on public transit. In general, a trial-error method helps to identify what can keep your child occupied, as every child is different. Some of the tricks that worked for us are based on child-parent interaction.

Long trips are a perfect opportunity for a one-on-one, or sometimes one-on-two time with your child. Ask about what he sees out of the window, or talk about the clouds, the wings of the planes, the screeches of the train, or whether he can see the hotel from the sky. Your kid will be aware of it all, a ripe moment for bonding. Give him a sketch or note book with a pen, and have him draw something and describe it back to you. We found that an interactive drawing activity can keep an antsy and energetic toddler calm and busy for quite a long time. Songs are also favorites for toddlers, so sing along while he draws.

As always, be patient and creative. Don’t be afraid of doing silly things and you will be rewarded by a happy toddler and smiling co-travelers sitting nearby.

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Author:Katka Konecna-Rivera

Katka Konecna-Rivera, co-founder and host of Living Green with Baby, is an architect focused on sustainable design as well as a filmmaker, writer and personal wellness coach.

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