We know how plane rides go when you bring your kids along on your summer vacation. You settle into your seat with your guilty pleasure magazine, hoping for a quiet, peaceful flight. Before you know it, your children are squirming in their seats, begging for more snacks and annoying every other passenger on board. The flight crew has closed the door and asked everyone to power off their cell phones and electronic devices. You no longer have the option of entertaining the kids with electronics…and you panic.
We don’t blame you. You’re used to resorting to your iPad in these situations. However, it may not necessarily be the best thing for your kid. Drew Altman, Ph.D., President and CEO of the Kaiser Family Foundation reports, “The amount of time young people spend with media has grown to where it’s even more than a full-time work week. When children are spending this much time doing anything, we need to understand how it’s affecting them—for good and bad.” Why not think of a long flight as an opportunity to introduce your kids to analog entertainment? With that in mind, Mamiverse put together a list of 10 electronics-free plane games for kids.
1. Magnetic Travel Games
There all kinds of plane games for kids. There’s a magnetic travel version of about any board game you can think of, from a complicated game of chess to a simple matching game for the preschooler. These boards keep your pieces secure and allow your kids to play something that, without the magnets, probably wouldn’t be so travel-friendly.
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