With our holiday to Nana and Pops’ house looming I started to get worried about how to entertain two babies on a three and a half hour train journey. Spike was easy because he is a people watcher and I had no doubts that he would either eat, sleep or stare for the whole journey. Spud on the other hand rarely sits still. I started thinking about activities other than the portable DVD player that would keep him occupied. Then I was sent some samples from the Fly Thomas Cook Kids Club , an online resource with downloadable and printer friendly activity sheets to keep children amused during travel. Although they are an airline the downloadable activities are perfect for all types of journeys or even just to pass some time during the 6 week school holiday. Even though I was sent hard copies and crayons to take with us on our holiday, I checked out the website to see what it had to offer.
It is really simple to navigate and a child could quite easily find things on there themselves to choose what they would like to take with them. It has games including spot the difference, colour by numbers, dot to dot and a scavenger hunt. There were also two stories called “The Ghost Island” and “The Magic Mirror.” One thing that I loved were the flash card memory game that taught children either Spanish, Turkish or Greek. The games were mostly recommended for ages 3-6 years but I could see older children enjoying them just as much.
Spud loved the colouring sheets even though he didn’t fully understand the concept. I had a go at one with him and he happily sat colour the aeroplane for about 45 minutes. It does help that he has a fascination with all things mechanical particularly planes!
I read him the stories which included pictures so they also held his attention. Although I didn’t attempt to teach him a Foreign language the flash cards were handy for his speech. They were simple words relevant to holidays and he loved picking them out when we played a word game with them.
Overall I think this is a brilliant idea, I did a lot of travelling as a child and have many memories of boring journeys on a plane, train and even the car. They are a great money saver because you are entertaining your kids at just the cost of paper and ink rather than having to shell out for various activites which may not be completed or even looked at after the travelling is over.