As a family we love to travel and I always think that the same rules apply for entertaining little one's whether it be by car, plane, boat or train. All are fairly confined spaces for such adventurous beings. Forward planning is always key and I do love the element of surprise. By that I mean buying them things and hiding them away. Don't let them see what you've got until you are on your journey. I also strongly believe that less is more. You don't want to be carrying loads of extra things, you just need enough stuff that will stimulate their minds for the journey.
On the Eurostar you get a tray table that drops down from the seat infront of you and there is space overhead to store 'hand luggage' type bags.
Here's what we decided to take for entertainment for the girls.
1) Colouring books and crayons
Colouring is such an easy activity which can take up quite a bit of time. Colouring books are normally lightweight which is great. We were sent some lovely Disney themed ones from Poundstretcher. We were also sent some fab Disney themed crayons and pens. These went down a treat with Eva. She is very into anything Disney princess themed so these were right up her street. Normally Disney products are expensive but if you go to Poundstretcher they have a great range of products that are very cheap.
I know seeing a young child with an iPad is quite controversial for some people but I think it's a lifesaver at times. We loaded ours up with lots of her favourite films and tv programmes along with various educational games. She also has her own speakers which have a safety level on them. Seeing as we were off to Disney everything that was on there was Disney themed, which she loved.
3) Small Toys
Eva loves anything Disney related so we popped into the Disney Store to pick up some small hand held toys. One's that don't take up too much room. She is very into imaginative play at the moment so we thought little figures were ideal. We bought her a Lion Guard figurine set and a new Lightening McQueen car.
4) Sticker Books
Sticker books seem to provide lots of entertainment for Eva. She spends ages using them and it was a great way to pass the time. Again we were sent some lovely Disney themed ones from Poundstretcher. She really enjoyed the Disney princess 1000 stickers book which is available for £1.99.
5) Puzzle Books
Eva loves to read books. We decided to take a puzzle book that we knew would keep her busy. She was sent a great one from Parragon which was 'Disney Junior I Can See'. Its got lots of different puzzles which involve finding her favourite Disney Junior characters. This kept her occupied for ages. Even though she has used this book many times since we went away she still absolutely loves to complete the puzzles. It's one of her favourite books.
We were lucky enough to be sent this amazing product which arrived the day we were leaving. The LapBaby is a belt which allows you to strap your baby to you so that you are left hands free. This was so useful to use on the train. Ophelia was able to sit on our laps without restricting us to having to hold her. There will be a full review of this coming on my blog very soon as it's now a product that we are using every day.
As you probably know Ophelia is teething and has cut 4 teeth. We thought a teether toy was a good thing to take to entertain her for the journey as it acts as a healer and a toy. We took the Comotomo one which we have reviewed here, Review.
We only took one toy for Ophelia but it was one that had multiple functions. It was a Lamaze toy which we love in this house. We've used them with Eva and now with Ophelia. They are fantastic toys for little one's. We took one of the buggy toys so it was also able to attach to the buggy or a chair which enabled us to use it all the time.