Ever sit next to a kid on an airplane?
Yeah, I know it’s a hot button issue. Well, let me tell you that being on an airplane with a toddler is worst for the parents than it is for the poor souls sitting near the toddler. There’s truly is nothing fun about flying with a little one… except landing at your vacation destination. Having family all over the country, we’ve flown with our little guy quite a bit and have become quite good at it, I think! I thought I’d share some of our favorite apps for keeping the kids entertained for hours.
Our 8 Favorite Apps for Kids
1. PBS Kids, for iPhone & iPad, FREE
Streams all the great PBS Kids shows, like Curious George, Cat in the Hat, and Sesame Street with no subscription required. It’s completely free! Thank you Public Access. The only downside is that it requires an internet connection, so an in-flight wifi purchase is necessary (but, so worth it!).
2. Netflix, for iPhone & iPad, Free With Subscription
This isn’t a kids app and does require a Netflix subscription, but the options for children and family movies and television seems to be endless. You need to be connected to the internet to use. The biggest downside we’ve found is that it requires supervision. Our son can whip around this app better than I can, so if you turn your back you might find that they’ve selected their own show that’s not kid approved. It’s a lifesaver, but you’ve got to keep an eye out.
3. Toy Story Read-Along, for iPad
Great little read-along story book that also has a digital coloring pages that keeps them occupied.
4. Another Monster at the End of This Book, FOR IPHONE & IPAD, $5.99
Ok, this one’s a little pricey, but our little guy loved The Monster at the End of this Book, with Grover, so much that when they thew Elmo in the mix we just couldn’t help ourselves. It’s a good one!
5. Thomas & Friends: Day of the Diesels, for iPhone & iPad, $6.99
Another pricey one, but this one has surprised us. It’s got interactive stories, puzzles, and matching games. It’s completely intuitive for the littles ones. When I looked over to find Max playing the matching game all on his own without me even showing him, it was worth the 7 bucks!
6. Art Maker, for iPad, $2.99
This is a chance to let your little creative genius run wild. It’s got fun digital art projects, mixed with puzzles. You can pull in photos from your iPad and create art with fun family photos. Just beware of what photos you have in your photo library. I looked over one day to find Max making a beautiful beach scene with one of my childbirth photos. A dolphin swimming out of my lady parts was not part of the plan!
7. Curious George at the Zoo, for iPAD, $0.99
This curious little app is a must for Curious George lovers. Kids can clean, feed, and take care of the animals all while hanging out with their favorite monkey.
8. Elmo Loves ABC’s, for iPad, $4.99
Filled with Sesame Street clips, the educational app teaches children letter association, tracing the shapes of the letters, and has fun puzzles and music to go along. With activities for every letter, this app keeps children occupied for hours.
Hope this helps you get through your summer travels with your little ones!
Anyone got any foolproof apps they love? I could use some suggestions for our long flight to Mexico!
Photo by Beth Dotolo via Instagram