No child is ever too young or too old to enjoy colouring – ensure you have a pad or colouring /activity book, a selection of pens and pencils (a stocked pencil case is a great idea as they may roll around on the train otherwise.
Doodle pads, dot to dots and word searches are good for older children
Pippa (Red Rose Mummy) suggests asking the staff too as you may find they have activity sheets/packs available for you.
They are a captive audience with no excuses and no getting away!
Pack small snacks which can be eaten gradually – you won’t want to only bring one sandwich and that be eaten in the first 10 minutes. Why not pack a lunch box and include lots of little things? a sandwich can be cut into 4 which can be fed to then a little at a time.
Grapes in a little container
Little boxes of raisins
a cut up apple
Don’t forget a drink – they will get very thirsty on the train especially if it’s warm
I do limit my children’s screen time however we do pack Emmy’s Leap pad 2 and Harry’s Innotab2 when we go on long journeys, along with their earphones. They each have their favourite music on them, a few games and a few TV programmes – these we find are a godsend especially when they are tired at the end of the day.
They do also like to watch YouTube if especially tired – Harry will instantly calm down if ITNG or Paw Patrol is played for him.
Pre-booking train tickets also takes away a lot of the hassle when travelling, especially with children and it works out cheaper too – always handy when you head out with children, but I usually find the money saved is spent on a souvenir for them instead! First Hull Trains have further ideas for keeping children entertained on their journeys.
How do you keep your children from getting bored on long train journeys?