Toys On A Plane: The Under 5 Roundup

I was once on a flight and spotted some friends a few rows behind.  Whilst my rugrats (at the time 5 mths and nearly 3) were crying/jumping around/demanding constant attention, her two (4 and 7) were blissfully chilling out, watching an ipad and reading.

Moral of the story.  Young babies are easy (they sleep).  Kids between 0-4 are a tough crowd but as they get older, it gets easier.

Here’s my roundup of what might amuse young kids on a plane.  Sometimes it’s good to give them something new, you could even partially wrap it (security might want to unwrap).  For all ages, the best toy is SNACKS!


They feed, snooze and stare into space. They don’t need much.


Lily on plane




  • Sticker books
  • Books
  • Magnet games
  • Colouring in books
  • Paper & Crayons (triangular ones are good as they don’t roll off the table as easily)
  • Mini chalk board
  • iPAD / DVD Player (we gave her 3 yo our old broken iphone that you can still use for apps)
Playing with the colouring in book and chalk board

Playing with the colouring in book and chalk board

What are your kids favourite toys to take on the plane?


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  1. Kimberly

    This article was right on time, because I will be traveling with my grandson who is 2 yrs old next month and I have no idea how to keep him entertained and quiet. Thx for sharing!

  2. Brooke

    Just did HK – BNE (9hrs) with hubby and 21month old)
    – Box of playing cards (messy but who cares right)
    – medicine applicator syringy thing, daughter (21 months) played with or for perhaps 10mins
    – slinky
    – peek a boo with blanket
    – small new flip book
    – favourite soft toy
    – crayons (get washables as drew on the tray table but easy to wipe off with wet wipe)
    – iPad with peppa pig / headphones
    – leap frog play pad
    – lots of snacks

  3. AnEssexWifeAlice

    Great ideas here! I’ve always said a toy needs to to invented that is noisy and light up but with a jack point so headphones can go in for when we are on the plane. Maybe thats one for me to take to the dragons!

    1. Nicola

      haha, yes!

  4. Leah

    These are some great tips- Triangular crayons- Good call!!! We are entering a season of travel with our young ones now that the baby is almost 2, Florida in a month and then a big flight from Ohio- Sydney…So THANK YOU!

  5. Emily

    Check out the series of Pilot Olly & Pilot Polly books here: http://www.planecharacters.com/

    PERFECT for keeping kids entertained whilst travelling!

    Theres even videos of the stories here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsrGxLm6nbU

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