Choosing toys to keep your kids entertained on holiday
Jetting off on holiday should give you the chance to forget life’s stresses and strains, but relaxing on a family break can prove impossible if you don’t have enough entertainment lined up for your kids. So, if you want to have a stress-free, successful vacation this year, it’s worth taking plenty of toys and games to keep your brood busy.
Simple is best when you’re on the move
Let’s face it, travelling to and from holiday destinations can be testing enough for us adults, so it’s easy to see why children can quickly lose their patience when they’re sitting in cars or on planes, or waiting around in stations or airports. To stop tears and tantrums when you’re in transit, it’s well worth having plenty of simple games up your sleeve. Bear in mind, you don’t have to spend a fortune to keep your littles ones busy either, supermarkets like Tesco have some great low cost options for both indoor and outdoor toys.Sure, sophisticated electronics can be an effective way to pass the time, but there are plenty of inexpensive games that work just as well. You can take anything from loom bands to playdoh and finger puppets. Ideally, the toys and games you take should fit easily into your hand luggage, and they should be quick and simple to set up. Colouring books, travel board games, sticker books and activity cards are also great options.
Mix things up
Especially if you’re setting off on long trips, it’s a good idea to take a variety of games, and don’t present them to your kids all at once. Instead, stagger the games so that just as your little ones are starting to lose interest, you can pull something else out of your travel bag to keep them occupied. Another top tip is to take a couple of brand new toys that you can unveil while you’re travelling. This will help to add an element of novelty and excitement to the trip.
Take some outdoor toys too.
As well as thinking of activities to keep your youngsters busy en route to your destination, it’s worthwhile packing some toys and games that your kids can use once you arrive. There are a host of outdoor toys that can pack neatly away into your luggage, including things like boules sets, skipping ropes, sticky catch ball sets and flying discs. If you’re planning to spend some time at the seaside, a trusty bucket and spade set is bound to come in handy too, and don’t forget an inflatable or two for the pool.
By planning plenty of fun activities and taking enough games or your children to use while you’re on your family vacation, you can help to keep boredom at bay, and you stand to enjoy a much more relaxing and harmonious holiday as a result.