Best Airplane Activities for Babies and Toddlers

Traveling with small children can be so rewarding, yet many parents get nervous about the prospect of flying with a baby or toddler.

The following suggestions for entertaining a baby on a plane or plane activities for 1 year old, come from my real-life experience flying with our babies and toddlers.

Due to their rapidly expanding curiosity, your baby will likely be entertained enough by everything around her on the plane – the seatbelt, the window, fellow passengers, empty plastic cups, etc.

3 to 6 Months Old

6 to 12 Months Old

They were mostly interested in playing with the stuff on the plane. In all likelihood, your baby will be similar and will be most interested in their surroundings on the plane, like the safety card.

The key to ‘surviving’ a flight with a toddler is to have enough airplane activities for your toddler to cycle through.


12 to 18 Months Old

Plenty of toddler airplane snacks that will provide some distraction are always a winner when flying with small children.

Books and apps are great ways to entertain an 18 month old on a plane, but you’ll also want to pack a healthy selection of small toddler travel toys as well.

18 to 24 Months Old

You’ll find their attention span for watching short cartoons will start to appear. This is good news for flying with a 2-year old as you can get a break every now and then!