Tuesday, May 10, 2011

In Flight Fun for the Kids ~ Magnetic Drawing Pads

One of the things I spend a lot of time planning before any trip to Walt Disney World is what I am going to pack for the flight to occupy my children.  At home they are pretty active, so finding things to occupy three hours of time just sitting can be a little difficult.  I don't even need to be actively planning my next trip to pick things up I know they would like.  Joey, Hayley and Emily each have their own Disney backpacks they are responsible for on the plane.  I fill them with snacks, and the things they can play with during the flight.  This article is the first in my series In Flight Fun for the Kids, in which I will share with you some of the travel items I have found to be particularly great for keeping the kids busy while on the plane.  Not only that, but I have found many things that are easy for me to manage and keep organized.

I am most excited about my most recent purchase.  My children, especially Hayley, love to draw.  On one of my first trips with the children I thought it would be a great idea to have lots of crayons, notebooks and coloring books.  Well, I was wrong.  I spent much of the three hour flight catching crayons rolling off the tray or looking under the seats to find ones I didn't catch in time.  I have found that there is a much better solution! 

At home, one of the most used toys in our house is the Fisher-Price Doodle-Pro.  It is a large magnetic drawing pad that has the magnetic pen attach and is easily erased.  Because this is too large to carry onto a plane, I have found some travel size ones.  Our local Wal-Mart has the small Kid Tough Doodlers by Fisher Price, which I just about purchased the other day until I found Phidal Learn to Draw Books - Toy Story, Disney Fairies, and Disney Princess versions.  Not only do these come with the travel size magnetic drawing pad, each comes with a book that teaches you how to draw different items.  The books are probably a little too difficult for my children at this point, but the Disney themed drawing pads are perfect for a flight to Disney. 

There is just one drawback to these. I didn't realize until I came home, and of course, opened them, that the book and drawing pad are connected.  Together it is too large for any of my children's backpacks.  My plan is to figure out how to remove the drawing pad from the book.  Then it will slip easily into their back packs, and Hayley can draw until her heart's content without me spending time searching under the seats for missing crayons!

There are many options out there for these magnetic drawing pads.  But if you have a small child who loves to draw this could be a great option for some in flight fun!

Next week, I will continue this series with Disney Magnetic Doll sets. 

Also, if you missed it, I have shared my favorite tips for getting through airport security, stress free, with the kids in my article T.S.A. or S.T.R.E.S.S.

If you missed any other episodes in this series, here they are:


Bird said...

Beth, this is such a great idea!! I'm in the process of making my lists of items to pack this weekend. So glad I caught this. I'll be on the hunt for these at Walmart tomorrow! Thanks again!

Jackie said...

OMGosh!! those are super cute! We don't fly anymore because we moved closer to FL but the car ride is still long for my 4 year old! This would be perfect. And I cant wait to read about where you found the magnetic dolls, I have seriously been looking everywhere for some!

Beth Doda ~ disneymom2jhe said...

I found these in the book section of WalMart. For whatever reason that aren't with the other magnetic drawing pads. It actually was 50 cents cheaper to buy these with the books, than to buy the Fisher Price Toy Story travel one.

Jackie - The magnetic dolls are so great! So I won't give too much away, I'll just say, they come in a metal tin, so the pieces cannot slip off and down under the plane seats! :-)

Bruce G. said...

Beth, This is Great stuff! It is so much easier with a 15 year old, he downloads movies and tv shows and he takes care of what he wants to do, of course half way there he is just like the younger ones and gets fidgity.

DisneyBabies said...

What a smart idea! I'll have to pick some of these up before any road trips or flights.. Actually, I saw the Princess and the Frog one at TJ Maxx and didn't even consider it...

Heidi said...

I so need to grab one of these for our drive next week. Super idea. I'd not seen these before. :)

Beth Doda ~ disneymom2jhe said...

There is a Princess and the Frog one????? I had no idea! That is Emily's favorite, I may have to go in search of that.

Bruce - I can't even imagine what a flight would be like with my kids occupying themselves! LOL! They are 6, 4, and 3 and all have flown at least 4 or 5 times (they've been to Disney several times and my brother lives in Texas). Between airport security and then the flight, travel days are always a little stressful.

Heidi - these are so great even just for tic-tac-toe, hangman, and any other of those type games. Worth every penny! :-)