1. Sand Jar
Place a few small toys or household objects such as a button, paperclip, lego, golf pencil, rubber band, etc. in a jar (spice jars work nicely) then fill the jar with sand. The child needs to spin the jar to find all the objects – a stationary scavenger hunt!
Put aside some small toys that your child will not notice are missing or go to the dollar store and buy some inexpensive toys/books/activities. Wrap them up like presents. You can even wrap a present inside multiple boxes so they have to open lots of wrapping and boxes and anticipate the gift even more! (careful, this one can get messy!) Every so often during the trip, give your child a new present to unwrap and enjoy!
3. Don't help!
Make everything last longer. I know this sounds simple, but it really helps. When putting away a toy to take out something new, let your child help. Let them peel the banana themselves – it takes longer – that’s the point! If you are giving your child a wrapped present, don’t help them open it. Let them take time undoing the tape or finding the edge. That extra 5 minutes they are busy, happy and occupied is less time you have to be playing activity director.
I know, you are thinking this is not unique – here’s what is – make the stickers yourself! Use photographs of your family, place you are visiting or anything else your child loves. Sticker paper can be found at office supply stores, amazon or big chains. Print out a page with small pictures and cut them into fun shapes. You can bring a coloring book and use the stickers to create a story with your family in the scene.
5. Play with your food
Use your best judgement on this one but here’s what I mean… I used to eat slices of cheese. My mom would break it into pieces and we would make letters of the alphabet. So maybe we would make a B using 6 pieces – then eat the bottom piece and you have an R, see if your child can get from an R to an F, etc. You can come up with words that begin with that letter or objects you see around you with that letter. Of course there’s always the stringing of cheerios game too!
6. Water in a Ziploc
Most moms carry plastic bags just in case. Bring a few extra – you can get water on the plane. Put some in a baggie and let your child shake, rub, pat and play! Add some ice to make it interesting! Note: you may want to double bag it to make sure it doesn’t rip or leak or if you are really feeling ambitious, you could bring some duct tape to seal the ends. Plus, water is a magnifier, put it up to your eyes and see what happens!
Many of us think our kids are quite the characters… but if you are looking for someone a bit more famous, look no further than these caribbean resorts and cruise lines!
Sesame Characters at Beaches Resorts!
You can find your favorite Sesame Street Characters at Beaches in Jamaica and Turks and Caicos. The little ones can high five and hug the characters during character breakfasts and appearances. Families enjoy stage shows with lessons from Elmo and his friends. Don’t forget to get a good spot along the parade route so you can wave to Oscar, Cookie Monster, Big Bird and many others as they sing and dance right in front of you during a musical and colorful Sesame Street Parade! And perhaps the best experience of all, your kids will always remember the time their favorite Sesame Street Character showed up to the room and tucked them into bed, complete with a bedtime story!
Nickelodeon Characters at Nickelodeon Hotels and Resorts in Punta Cana
A partnership between Nickelodeon and Karisma Resorts brought character experiences to Azul properties in Mexico last year, but now has dedicated an entire resort in Punta Cana to the Nickelodeon experience. Say hello to some of your favorites like Dora and Boots during a character breakfast or meet up friends at Character Central. Complete with many water activities and of course, opportunities to be slimed! The best part of this resort, the Pineapple of course! Your family can stay in Spongebob's house, a 2 bedroom villa, complete with all the Bikini Bottom decor (plus a butler!)
Let’s not forget the cruise lines! There are plenty of opportunities to make lasting memories with Characters onboard these:
Royal Caribbean features Dreamworks characters such as Shrek, Penguins from Madagascar for story time, dance parties and more!
Carnival Cruise Lines hosts Dr. Seuss at Sea! Kids can enjoy character breakfasts and activities with the characters that bring the story to life!
Disney Cruise Lines, of course, the list would not be complete without Mickey and Minnie Mouse and the entire Disney cast! There are many shows, scheduled appearances and a magical tea party! Characters will sign your favorite plush toy and even leave a note on your door!
Hi! My name is Buffy and I am the owner of Sunlit Travel! I love to plan special occasions like HONEYMOONS! My favorite part is adding special touches to make the trip especially romantic or adding a fun surprise for the bride or groom!