1. Plastic shopping bags
It is so useful to have a stash of these in your backpack. I love to use them to collect trash as I go. I put the bag in the seat pocket and fold it down around the magazines and front of the pocket to make a trash can. This doesn't work in all seat pockets...the 737 seat pockets are larger...but it's perfect for some planes. Otherwise you can just stow it at your feet for easy access.
2. Bubble Wrap
|Found this cute critter on Teen Scene @ Fredricksen Library|
A flight attendant friend of mine says she always packs fruit in bubble wrap and it remains bruise free. Apples, bananas, and peaches are all fruits she has successfully transported. I have yet to try it but will on my next flight.
3. Restaurant Crayons
4. Play-Doh (it's not free, but you probably have some in the house)
Littlest Pet Shop Animals to make footprints. A few things to remember: Play Doh is considered "liquid or gel" by the TSA and can only be brought on in containers sized 3 ounces or less. You need to pack these in your quart-sized bag along with your other liquids to declare at the checkpoints. One last thing, be responsible and don't let the Play-Doh get smashed into the seats and carpet. This is where that plastic bag comes in handy. As pieces fall and get dirty, just pick them up and toss them in the trash bag.
|I have been lucky on occasion and found small Play-Doh Kits such as this one. With a play mat and fun tools it's a great travel item. Found this one at Amazon.|
|Directions for this and many other great preschool crafts at http://easypreschoolcraft.blogspot.com|