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Old 03-24-2013, 01:12 AM   #16
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We fly from vegas so its a long 4.5 hour flight. When my boys were little I brought those tiny tubs of play-doh. It kept them occupied for a while.
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Old 03-26-2013, 10:13 PM   #17
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Another idea for waiting in line is pipe cleaners. Kids can bend them into many different shapes. Plus, they are light weight and don't take up much space.
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Old 03-27-2013, 08:06 AM   #18
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I made a "Keychain of Fun" that I carried with me when we went to WDW last September for impatient moments with my children. It worked so well on vacation, it has become a permanent fixture in my purse. It has 5-7 different ridiculous keychains, like a Rubik's cube, a rollerskate, a mini Crocodile Dentist game, a mini pack of playing cards, a light-up turtle, etc., that I pass to my children if I can sense a boredom meltdown stewing. I rotate the keychains frequently to keep them fresh.

Of course, my kids are much younger than your older ones, but it may work for yours, too.
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Old 03-27-2013, 08:17 AM   #19
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Hi! My kids are 8,6 and 1. I am looking for some small things to keep them busy. I'm sure there is a thread somewhere but I did a search and couldn't find it.
Anyone have an ideas?
What do you bring along to entertain your kiddies?
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We download a couple of movies onto the Ipad (with headphones) for the plane ride and they also get to listen to music. We bring a few activity books/drawing pads and they always did well.

In line, we always just looked for hidden Mickeys or played small silly finding games to keep them occupied. When we first started going, we would have them point out something different int he theming of each ride and talk about it. Worked pretty well. If the line is really long, we may give them to=he Iphone to play on.
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Old 03-27-2013, 10:26 AM   #20
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I made a "Keychain of Fun" that I carried with me when we went to WDW last September for impatient moments with my children. It worked so well on vacation, it has become a permanent fixture in my purse. It has 5-7 different ridiculous keychains, like a Rubik's cube, a rollerskate, a mini Crocodile Dentist game, a mini pack of playing cards, a light-up turtle, etc., that I pass to my children if I can sense a boredom meltdown stewing. I rotate the keychains frequently to keep them fresh.

Of course, my kids are much younger than your older ones, but it may work for yours, too.
This is an awesome idea! I think I will have to look for some of these before we go in three weeks. Can I ask where you bought some of them at?
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Old 03-27-2013, 11:50 AM   #21
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We print coloring pictures off the internet. I fit two on a sheet of paper so I can cut it down the middle. I buy a small clip board and the pictures fit perfect. We bring a baggie/pencil pouch of colored pencils & a sharpner. That way we don't have crayons get soft from the heat or marker get on their clothes. While waiting in line they color or draw on paper. We've also grab stickers at the dollar store for them to use. When we were in line for Buzz & Woody kids around us joined in. Not only did it keep the kids busy but it gave them a chance to visit with others while waiting. Now it's something we never leave home without. They use it in lines, on the plane, hotel rooms, etc...

Nice thing is if it gets lost of wet we're not out much. (Unlike bringing an IPOD or other electronic)

My kiddos are 5,8, and 13. (13 yr doesn't use them any more but will draw while we're waiting for meals)
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Old 03-27-2013, 02:06 PM   #22
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We have travelled on planes on international journys with our kids since they were little (under 12 months). Obviously it changes from year to year but we have found the combination of the following helps.
1) Books, both children enjoy getting new books and will read them as soon as they get them.
2) Films, normally we are on international flights so there is normally a movie they can watch.
3) Sleep, we try and take overnight flights.
4)Music just recently after coping very well with alot of time in Madrid airport waiting for Heathrow to open, we gave them an MP3 player each as a treat and that amused them for a few hours.
5) Though they are starting to get a bit too old for them colouring books work very well and as they get older, harder puzzle books.

Can't say about queues in Theme Parks but suspect alot of chatting and pointing out things, but I still have a while till I arrive in Orlando.
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Old 03-27-2013, 03:41 PM   #23
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This is an awesome idea! I think I will have to look for some of these before we go in three weeks. Can I ask where you bought some of them at?
I got a few at 5Below, some at a party supply store in their goody bag filler section, some at drugstores. Basically, anyplace that sells junk and trinkets at the checkout. Once I started looking for silly keychains, I realized they are everywhere! The biggest hit has been a random shoe on a keychain. My kids wear it on their fingers and then "walk" all over the table, the wall, each other, etc. I don't get it, but, hey, they're quiet!

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Old 03-27-2013, 03:43 PM   #24
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Our flights are only about 3 hours, so not much. I believe the DS was brought with last time. And then paper, pencils to draw with. Also, those "hidden picture" type books. My kids love those.

In lines - nothing, really. We talk, or play rock paper scissors or I spy.
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Old 03-27-2013, 06:07 PM   #25
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Besides the usual suspects (movies, apps, coloring kits, books) we're bringing the Spot It! game. Small enough to throw in your bag (tin is about 4" in diameter) and doesn't use pieces like dice. It's a fun matching game that kids can play that doesn't require any reading. They have different versions for different ages and/or themes. That same brand makes other games in small tins as well.

Here's a list of them available on Amazon. Chick Fil A recently had even smaller (though flimsy) versions available in their kids meals that you may be able to find on ebay or something.
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:33 PM   #26
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Some great ideas here, i'm visiting WDW for first time in August with my fiance and our two little girls age 2 and 3. Were coming from the UK so the flight is 9 hours! I can predict a fair bit of restlessness and boredom :-(
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Old 03-27-2013, 08:17 PM   #27
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The last flight I took with my son (he's 2 1/2) was 11 hours plus layover plus another 3 hours, so the 1.5+1.5 to Disney, and 2 on the way back (or something like that) will be cake. He usually falls asleep during take off and landing anyways...

I really like the magnetic activity books. Before I got some of those, I bought a mini lunch box and several magnets for him to play with (think refrigerator on a smaller scale). He also has a couple of hex bugs that can run around in the bottom of the lunch box for him to watch (I just have to make sure he doesn't let them go)
Pipe cleaners are great
I also have one of our iPod touches loaded with appropriate apps and videos.
Finger puppets are fun (although my kiddo hasn't taken to them)
DS is in a stage right now that he LOVES cars and trains, so I imagine a couple of those will keep him super happy just as they do at home.
On planes, I like to get up and walk around with him frequently. It lets us stretch our legs, and for some reason he thinks it's great fun.

We don't normally get into lines that have a posted wait of longer than 20 minutes, so they usually end up being mostly walking and not a lot of actual waiting. I imagine he'll be perfectly entertained with us just pointing out various things.
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Old 03-27-2013, 09:03 PM   #28
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Also, I forgot about these other things I've picked up at Target for about $5 each:

Melissa & Doug Water Wow books - they come with a pen that you fill with water, and when you "color" with the water pen, it reveals more of the scene or whatever. It's reusable as soon as the water dries. I thought this was kind of a neat idea, because it's not messy and it's reusable instead of done as soon as the book is colored in.

Mini Magna-doodle - they have Disney themed ones (we got Toy Story)

You can find little coloring kits that come with a mini coloring book, some crayons or markers, and a little sheet of stickers in the Dollar Spot area at Target. They have tons of licensed character themes, including a gazillion different Disney themes. I've also seen these at Walmart near the books and magazine (the kid section of that aisle) and hanging near the Crayola stuff near the office supply section of the store.

So those are some things that would be good for a plane ride or waiting for dinner.

What about a yo-yo for waiting in lines? My guy is too young for one, but the older kids might get a kick out of trying to learn different yo-yo tricks. You could play 20 questions. I remember playing that as a kid all the time and it was pretty entertaining.
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Old 03-29-2013, 07:09 AM   #29
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I forgot to add this also to my previous post. We made up a lot of silly stories. I would start out talking about average everyday things, then my 5 y.o. would add a few lines, then we would fill in the blanks, sort of like our own mad libs. Example:

Me: So it was getting on to be bedtime and Josh knew it was time for...Josh: Bed! Me: So he grabbed his pillow...Josh: And his blanket...and (waiting for my line) me: his skateboard! Josh: Then he laid down and went to...Me: the nearest Chucky Cheese! I could get my son to cracking up in no time then we would try to outdo each other with silliness.

And, for older kids on a plane, do get some of those Mad Libs, they are really funny and pass the time easily.

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Old 03-31-2013, 09:26 AM   #30
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My kids are 5.5 and 1.5 and we just got back from a trip this month. In line we don't really do much, talk about what we have done so far and what we will be doing later, etc.
On the plane we didn't really do anything to special for DS. We had our portable DVD player on. For DD she has her iXL (little preschool age video game thing) and coloring books. We bought a small princess coloring book during our trip and she colored in the thing the entire flight home (Orlando to St. Louis). It was fabulous. Absolutely no whining or getting bored.
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