As a child, I always remember one of the highlights of the start of our holidays was the activity packs that the airlines used to provide for children on a flight. I remember Brother Hatchy and I excitedly diving into the packs, eager to see what was included this year. And I’ve always said that in this day and age where you’re lucky to get an allocated seat on a flight, let alone children’s holiday activity packs, if we were to take Baby Lighty on a flight, I’d make one myself.
Ok, so we haven’t quite managed a holiday which has required a flight just yet, but we did recently spend a week in a caravan in Cornwall (that’s the same thing, right?!). And therefore, I made the packs partly because, as every parent will know, there are certain words that strike fear into the heart of them. For me, these words included “three”, “toddlers” and “caravan” (although on arrival at our recent holiday, these words were closely contended by the words “no”, “Wifi” and “for a week”). I have a very, very spirited two year old. I love his loud, eccentric character, but I wasn’t too sure how well it would work in a caravan. Throw in two of his little cousins too, and this could make for a very long week.
To make the holiday activity packs, I needed to think about what would work within a caravan. I needed to include small toys and items that wouldn’t be too big or too messy for the limited space we’d have, but which would be a bit of a novelty for them. If you’re thinking of doing something similar, heading to your local poundshop and The Works is your best bet! Here’s what I included:
Toddler Holiday Activity Packs:
- Colouring book.
- Drawing pad.
- A new story book.
- A small bucket and spade set.
- A small set of play dough.
- A set of bricks which interchanged to make various different people.
A family friend was also kind enough to make a little pack up for each of the children, and she managed to include completely different items in hers, meaning that the children had a real selection of bits and pieces to choose from! The alternatives that our friend included in hers are as follows, plus I’ve included a few extra ideas for items you might want to include:
Alternative Items for Children’s Holiday Activity Packs:
- A kite.
- Sticker books.
I packaged all of the above up in a canvas Disney bag, currently available at Poundland. You can of course use any type of bag, such as a paper gift bag or even a small child’s rucksack. I did also debate just using cellophane to package it all up, but I opted for a bag as I wanted to be able to put all of the bits and pieces back when they’d finished playing with them. After all, space is often at a premium in a caravan!!It’s definitely something that I’ll do again for holidays in future. The packs only cost a few pound each, but were worth every penny in toddler entertainment!
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