1. A pack of cards: Any type will do for ages 0 to 3 and be prepared for them to get lost, squashed, dribbled on and chewed. For ages 3 and up, Uno Junior can provide hours of entertainment and doesn’t require much space at all.
2. A miniature artist’s sketchpad and colour pencils or crayons: Get children to draw what they see. It’s worth investing in good quality paper as not only do children appreciate it but it is much less likely to tear or rip. Carry in a Ziploc bag for waterproof protection.
3. Play dough: Make yourself at home with the recipe below and store in an airtight container. It will last a couple of weeks:
2 cups flour
3 tbsp cream of tartar
1/2 cup salt
4 tbsp oil
1/2 cup boiling water
Mix dry ingredients together. Mix oil, food coloring and boiling water in a separate container. Stir liquid mixture together with dry ingredients until cool enough to knead. Knead until smooth. If play dough is too dry, add more water, a little at a time. If play dough is too crumbly, knead in a small amount of oil.
4. Miniature cooking sets: Get every shape and size at your local toy shop. Children love to cook.
5. Disposable camera: Fun for children to have their own and useful to help children make scrapbook memories of their holidays when you return home.
6. Small books: The Beatrix Potter and Mr. Men and Little Miss range of books come in travel friendly sizes.
7. Their own bag: However small, they will love putting things in and taking things out of the bag.
8. A few small jars/pots with fitting lids: These provide entertainment in their own right but can also be used for bug collecting (a pocket magnifying glass and net can also assist with this) and water play.
9. Bubble mix: Guaranteed to bring smiles to even the most sullen passenger in a ticket queue at the airport.
10. Used ticket and travel receipts: Once you do not need them anymore, boarding cards and train tickets make great paper airplanes and cards.