Longhaul or short attention span….these in-flight toys and games should keep them off the iPad, at least until you reach cruising altitude. Fill your hand luggage with these small but mighty toys for long haul flights (and yes, even France feels long haul with bored children in tow…)
Reminiscent of the old-school Etch a Sketch, this glow in the dark model of the bestselling Magnatab is ideal for long haul – the kids are wired but you want the overhead light to stay well and truly off. There’s also a version to help them write the alphabet, but that loses its appeal far quicker than this freestyle board.
The genius of Tegu blocks is the little magnets inside, which make them infinitely stackable but you won’t spend half the flight crawling under the chair in front to find lost pieces. If you have more than one child, they’ll need one pouch each: you can’t make much with 3 blocks and they hurt when they are hurled at a sibling’s head.
Faber-Castell connector pens
Good quality felt-tips though these are, what’s far more exciting is that when the colouring-in loses its appeal (10 minutes maximum in our houses), the lids click and connect, so that they become a poor-man’s Knex.
One for older kids to teach their younger siblings or, if you can put down the solitaire for a moment, you can play too. A good old-fashioned memory game that fits perfectly on a tray table and in your bag.
A perennial favourite at Mr Fox HQ, these cubes offer infinite entertainment. Just roll them on the tray table and make up a story from the pictures displayed. Creative kids with wild imaginations can keep going forever, and the small box makes them really easy to stash in your hand luggage.
Londji Paper Family
Actually cardboard, this nod to a classic design comes with five outfits for each family member and offers amusing distraction for imaginative kids who love playing dress up and creating their own stories.
A children’s version of the best-selling card game. A quick, easy matching concept with five games which should pique the competitive spirit of kids of all ages.
Squigz Suction Construction
These small rubber suckers are ideal for keeping idle hands busy – start from the tray table and build away without scattering loads of bits on the floor.