Going on a plane is always exciting, but it’s an especially big moment when you’re a child.
In May this year, our two children, JD (7) and Miss J (3) went on their first ‘big’ plane ride, from London to Orlando.
So, after a chilly, rainy day, we packed and got ready to head off to the airport.
The excitement started as soon as we arrived, as we checked in and wheeled our bags through customs. The kids co-operated brilliantly, paying attention to the instructions from the ground staff, and helping to keep an eye on their carry on luggage, which had been carefully packed with their very favourite books and toys for the journey.
As we ate breakfast in the departures lounge, we watched the planes take off. The kids were so excited and had lots of questions about how they take off, where the people go and how they stay in the air.
Once in our seats, our own take off experience was probably the kid’s favourite part of the journey, when we were high enough to feel excited, but still low enough to be able to see the fields, houses and roads. JD and Miss J just kept exclaiming, “We’re in the air!”.
With nine hours in the air, I thought the children would be bored, but with books, gadgets, toys and plenty of games, they were perfectly happy for the whole flight.
If you’re preparing to travel with young children, I fully recommend making use of their hand luggage allowance to bring things to keep them occupied – you won’t regret it.
When we landed, they were exhausted, but bursting with excitement to explore Florida. I was just relieved the flight had been so easy!
If you’d like to prepare your preschoolers for a flight, or relive an exciting flight experience, Topsy and Tim Go on an Aeroplane is a fab little book to get hold of.
In all the books in the Topsy and Tim series, readers are taken on a gentle illustrated journey through what to expect during a common life experience.
In Topsy and Tim Go on an Aeroplane, we see the twins take a ride on a bus to the terminal building, check their luggage in, watch aeroplanes take off, board the plane and find their seats, experience take off and ‘popping ears’, rise up into the clouds, play and eat onboard, have a look in the pilot’s cabin, prepare for landing, disembark and enjoy their holiday.
With the exception of seeing the pilot’s cabin (I wish we’d done that, but I don’t think it’s allowed these days!) it’s all pretty standard stuff, so it’s a great way to familiarise children with the process they’ll be going through.
There’s even a little game at the end, challenging readers to spot items such as tractors and horses in an ariel view of a field – a game you could try for yourself in real life after take off!
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And if you’ve like to learn more about Topsy and Tim’s latest adventures, hop over to Super Busy Mum, who’ll be sharing her thoughts on Topsy and Tim Go on a Train on 3rd August.
Ladybird provided a copy of the book for review an another for giveaway. Non-watermarked images via Shutterstock