Soon, I'll be on an airplane with three kids for a lengthy set of flights. I'm pretty sure the task should be considered an Olympic sport and if it was, I'd be going for the gold. I have planned the hell out of these flights. I have a huge list of in-flight, kid friendly activities I've thought through and another list of items to purchase, download, prepare.
I'm fortunate that my kids have always been great flyers, but a bit nervous to see how a very active baby deals with 'sitting still' for hours (days?!) on end. And, every flight is unique in the sense that you are at the mercy of hoping for easy gate connections and helpful flight crews. So, it must be said that the project you are about to read about was born out of fear. My strategy is to pack a billion interesting things for my two oldest kids so that when the baby needs my full attention, I'll be available.
My kids love it when I give them a handmade gift. So, these books (which they've seen me making and thrown fits of excitement about already) will be packed into their individual carry-ons for playing with on the plane. I've created one personalized book for each child, made out of felt. My focus was to create activities that would require a bit of imagination or focused time. In other words, I didn't want them to just flip through the book in a few minutes. Lots of pictures follow....
My eight-year-old daughter's book looks like this:
|Tic-tac-toe! The board is on the left, the markers are held in the 'envelope' at the right.|
|Dress a doll on the left (and braid, bun, twist her hair!). A full wardrobe of clothing on the right.|
|The back cover contains a felt envelope. Inside, my daughter will find a personalized story I've written for her.|
My now six-year-old son is getting a Star Wars themed felt activity book. Here's what his looks like...
|The back of the book is the same as my daughter's book with a envelope built in. Inside my son will find a personalized story I've written for him, at his reading level.|
The baby's book looks like this...
|On the left, a house with windows that open to reveal pictures of handmade toys (I clipped them out of a art magazine). On the right, a frog ready to catch flies with his long floppy tongue.|
|The pocket on the left side holds a little crazy guy. The owl on the right is hiding a surprise under her wing.|
|The back of the baby's book is no different. His book also provides a felt envelope for a personalized story that I've written.|
Many pages of these books started with inspiration from others. I searched the internet for ideas and located lots of inspiration for similar books on pinterest here. And, this post is linked at Skip to My Lou!