As planes are becoming more high-tech and accommodating to our “screen needs”, there are still many airlines without these entertainment options leaving many parents wondering how to keep their children occupied during long flights and extensive waits in the airport. Well, no more! Here are five incredible ways to keep your children occupied on your next flight!
Interstar Building Blocks
Interstar building blocks will make any preschooler a master architect. Most Israeli kids will have come across these toys in kindergarten, as they have been on the market since 1991. The ridged plastic pieces, which are BPA and lead-free, are easy to attach and can be formed into anything your child’s creativity can muster up! The construction sets are made in Israel by Tip Top Toys and are sold all over the world. Unlike LEGO, if a piece does get lost or left behind, construction can still proceed without hesitation. (These also look mildly less painful to step on compared to LEGO…)
The GoVinci backpack is a great travel accessory for children. It’s a piece of luggage, drawing board, and display frame meshed together. Make sure to pack markers, stickers, and paper inside the case and watch your children create incredible designs to display on the outside of the bag (or even at home on that empty refrigerator door). GoVinci is created by BenBat, a children’s toy designer based at Kibbutz Shefayim.
Last Mouse Lost
Mini versions of board games are often too small to play properly and pieces can get lost mid-flight. However, Last Mouse Lost is perfectly sized for travel. Created by Tel Aviv’s Theora Design team and published by FoxMind Games, this award-winning game of strategy, in which players take turns pressing down rubber mice in a row, is guaranteed to entertain parents and children for quite a while. The game is only $7 and is geared toward all ages.
The FAA has relaxed its rules on using electronics on airplanes. That means screen time, depending on each family’s policy, can begin even before takeoff. If your kids are not among the millions already playing Pirate Kings, the mobile game that’s all about conquering empires and winning stashes of gold, then the flight is a great time to be introduced to this beautifully designed pirate world of exotic islands. Created by Jelly Button Games in Tel Aviv, Pirate Kings can be played online or offline.
Matific is one of those games you will love watching your kids play. Winner of the 2016 SIIA CODiE Award for Best Mathematics Instructional Solution, it’s an educational set of mobile activities covering the K-6 math curriculum. Matific was created by the Israeli Slate Science educational technology company that offers STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education products for tablets. The app games are fun and quick and combine animation, tactile gestures, textual guidelines and an optional audio voice-over.
Originally posted at Israel21c.