How to keep kids quiet when flying

New toys and travel apps to ensure a peaceful flight

How to keep kids quiet when flying

We have some great tricks up our sleeves to take the hassle out of going on long journeys with the little ones.

Let’s face it; travelling with kids on long journeys, no matter how much you love them, can be trying. So we went out and about around the city to get you some great advice from other long-suffering mums, and found the latest novelty toys, as well as a bunch of great new apps to keep them entertained the whole way from Doha to your final destination.

New toys in Doha

A double-sided two-in-one board game with family favourites Ludo and Snakes and Ladders.
Available from Early Learning Centre, QR65

A guessing game where players wear the headbands and ask each other ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions to guess what you are.
Available from Early Learning Centre, QR59

Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty – a clay like substance with cool properties. It even changes colour depending on the heat of your skin and some glow in the dark.
Available from Virgin Megastore, QR49

These cuddly critters are not only stuffed animals but also a comfy pillow and travel bag for kids to hold toys, food and more.
Available from Virgin Megastore, QR105

The Hello Kitty Artist Pad comes with colouring pictures and over 50 reusable stickers, as well as double-ended non-toxic crayons in a range of colours. For the boys, get the Ben 10 ultimate alien artist pad!
Available from Virgin Megastore, QR35

Perfect travel apps

Plants vs Zombies

This addictive game didn’t win 30 Game of the Year awards for nothing. Plants vs Zombies is the perfect way to keep your kid entertained for hours. Get your action-strategy hat on as fun-loving zombies attempt to invade your home while your only defense is an army of 49 zombie-zapping plants.
Available for iOS, Android and Windows

Bad Piggies

This spin-off of Angry Birds is just as furiously fun as the original. The aim of the game is to create the ultimate flying machine to steer them safely to their destination. But with more than 170 levels, and free updates, hours of pig-crashing can easily be had. Just as with Angry Birds, there are plenty of app variations as well.
Available for iOS, Android and Windows

Where’s my Perry?

Made by the same makers of Disney’s popular ‘Where’s my water’ app, Where’ my Perry is a challenging physics-based puzzler where you need to use all forms of water to solve the puzzle. There are more than 80 to solve across four chapters with free updates. That’ll really get your kid’s brain working – and perhaps yours too!
Available for iOS, Android and Windows

Video Star

Use this film making app to create your very own music videos where you and your friends or family can be the stars! It can be a little complicated, so you might need to help your sprog with it, but family-made music videos on the plane are bound to provide guaranteed giggles for hours.
Available for iOS

Tips from the source

We get some firsthand advice from members of Doha Mums
Some of the things I include in my bag of tricks are a variety of sticker books. A few new picture books for my three-year-old and my seven year old’s Kindle with extra books preloaded. Crayola Wonder stuff is amazing on planes because it doesn’t get anywhere and they can colour, finger paint, paint and stamp without a mess. Never underestimate the power of a tub of play dough to keep them entertained. A variety of snacks in snack size servings including some healthy and some not so healthy. Pipe cleaners can keep them busy just bending them and making stuff. I also always bring a few metal cars and airplanes. I also bring the iPad loaded with new apps but I like to have a variety of screen-free activities to break up the time. Melissa

A little bag full of new items like colouring books, crayons and small toys that they haven’t seen before to be handed on the plane. Or games or movies on the iPad that they haven’t played or watched before.

I always find that take off and landing spell when you cannot ‘plug them in’ to be a challenge. My solution is Kinder Surprise Eggs. It takes some time to unwrap it, eat the chocolate, clean the hands, and assemble the little toy. Then there is also the little toy they can play with/lose for 15 minutes or so. Julie

I take colouring stuff, craft stuff and the inevitable electronics; iPad, mini DVD etc. We also take an Etch-a-Sketch but they are quite big to carry around. They keep two of my three quiet for ages though.

Choose the airline according to the entertainment system! Andrea

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