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Frugal Airplane Activities for Long Flights

July 15th, 2014 at 01:15 am

We're leaving in a few weeks, and we have a long plane flight (first flight is just 2 hours, then 4 hour wait in the Dallas Airport, then 10 hours to London), so I'm gathering up things to do the plane for F (and me, actually).

The two goals are: low cost and minimal size. We don't bring a lot of books because they're heavy and have to be lugged back with us. We use individual sheets that can be tossed after they're completed. They're held together with a clip.

- book on my phone
- soduku puzzles (free puzzle printouts here:
- knitting (one ball of yarn, scarf, instructions on my phone, chart printed out)

F (who is 9 years old):
- extreme dot to dots (a few pages cut out of a book she already has)
- roadtrip battleship (free printables:
- mad libs (cut out of a book she already has)
- printable boggle game - can be played alone or with others - lots of 4x4 and 5x5 grid here:
- mad-minute multiplication practice sheets (she thinks multiplication is fun, so I'm just going with it)
- brand new pad of paper for hangman and drawing ($1.50 at Target)
- airport bingo (we make our own with categories like "screaming baby" and "person who needs help with the overhead bin")
- New game for the ipad/ipod - we're getting Dots (stack the states and stack the countries are always popular; and my favorite is Oregon Trail because it takes forever!)

And then there's our travel journal... Just a tiny notebook and F and I write back and forth to each other in it about things we're doing or have done. If she had to keep a journal herself, she probably wouldn't, but if it's like secret notes to each other, it's way more fun!

4 Responses to “Frugal Airplane Activities for Long Flights”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Those sound perfect for the trip and her age! I think I'd have fun traveling with you two with those games. Smile

  2. Buendia Says:

    It can be a hard age because everything you find on "traveling with kids" is for toddlers! I am putting together a scavenger hunt for our layover in DFW... will get us walking around and we always giggle and have fun together - you should come along!

  3. Pnwmomj Says:

    Those sound like great activities! I am impressed you can read a book on your phone.....there is no way I would be able to that! Smile

  4. Buendia Says:

    My husband says that, too - he has a kindle... but I love it, and I love having everything in one place. I'm reading The Goldfinch right now, and might not be able to finish before it's due back... but I've got the book version, so maybe I'll see if I can finish it on my phone!

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