Get them stuck into some serious sticking with these educational fun books by Usborne and Frederick Warne. Not only are they fairly inexpensive, but they’re also light and easy-to-pack too. For boys, we especially like Sticker Dressing Pirates, where little seafarers can kit out all the dastardly crews from history, including Blackbeard, the Vikings and even the pirates of Borneo. Sticker Dolly Dressing Around the World also means culture-conscious mesdemoiselles can match all the different traditional costumes to the relevant countries. Meanwhile, little ladies will be enchanted by Flower Fairies Glittering World, where all the original characters are brought to life once more – only this time with sparkles!
Ages 3-8, Dhs25-35
The Rough Guide to Travel with Babies and Young Children
A must-read for those with little nippers in tow – and especially for anxious first-time parents on the move; this is the perfect book to pack if you’re off on an adventure this summer. Filled with loads of sensible tips from eating out with kids, to coping in airports, keeping on top of the suitcase laundry and even breastfeeding while you travel, it will answer all those nagging questions that usually only arise once you’re
in the middle of a tricky situation.
Just for parents, Dhs65
Magic painting Book
These first came out in the ‘70s and were an absolute revelation – even though every picture was coloured in variations of rather dull blue (and even more blue…). These days, however, the world of magic painting has developed significantly and there are now real, vibrant colours to be revealed within the pages… Hence they’re brilliant for the plane journey because arty nippers might only risk making themselves, their seats, or mum wet through misusing the cartons of inflight water while completing their masterpieces.
Ages 2+, Dhs20
50 things to do on a plane/car journey
These wipe-clean activity cards are brilliant for keeping the kids quiet (or if not quiet, at least not fighting), when you’re all contained in either a plane or a car. Choose from word and memory games to number puzzles, sports trivia, general knowledge quizzes and drawing activities – all related to your current mode of travel. Personally, we think anything that can give parents with a bit of well-earned respite is definitely worth the dosh. The whiteboard pen is also provided, but if you’re on the move with more than one bored sprog, it might be best to invest in a few more to hand around…
Ages 5+, Dhs40 each
My little Picture Atlas
For nippers with the travel bug, who want to know more about where they are going and what the world has to offer in general, this handy, small-sized travel encyclopedia will keep them entertained and might even lessen the numerous ‘but why?’ questions. Find out all sorts of fascinating facts, from what life is like in the USA to what tribes living in north Africa eat for dinner. The maps are kid-friendly too, with lots of lovely illustrations to keep them interested. Plus, it’s small and easy-to-pack. What more could us parents want for our budding explorer sprogs?
Ages 5+, Dhs45
Ultimate Sticker Book Lego Star Wars
Lego has never lost its appeal, and these days it’s trendier than ever before with little sprogs under 10. The great thing about these books is that they actually encourage kids to read while they carry out the activity. Learn all about your favourite Star Wars characters in the text boxes next to the blank sticker spaces, before you can find them in the pages at the back of the book. Even kids with bucketfuls of ants in their pants will enjoy this activity and sit still for a while. We know – we’ve tested them.
Ages 5+, Dhs35
Where’s Wally? The Search for the Lost Things
A full colour, 100-page activity book packed with all sorts of ‘Wally-ish’ things to do, this is definitely something for older brother or sister to get stuck into rather than arguing with little sis. Inside, you will find word searches, puzzles, anagram games, drawing activities and quizzes galore, as well as heaps of crazy Wally illustrations that require being looked at for ages and ages. What could be better?
Ages 7+, Dhs65