First time flyers
Your bags are packed, the iron is turned off, and the kids are in the car ready to go to the airport. There’s only one problem. That little boy in the back of the car is getting increasingly nervous about his first flight.
How will the plane stay in the sky? How will he sit still for so long? What if he doesn’t like the food? What happens if he wants to go to the toilet? Why does he have to give Teddy to the man to x-ray?
So many questions!
Airports and airplanes are busy places, with lots of people and lots of rules. Kids are usually excellent at dealing with first-time experiences but sometimes they need reassurance to calm the nerves.
To help you have a smooth trip through the airport and onto the plane, we have found the top four children’s books to help young first time flyers.
- Amazing Airplanes by Tony Mitton and Ant Parker (for ages 2+)
This book was a favourite in our house when the boys were very little. It has fantastic rhyming words that make it easy and fun to read. It’s a simple introduction for toddlers to airports and planes. The creators have also just released the Amazing Planes Activity Book which would be lots of fun to do.
- My First Airplane Ride by Patricia Hubbell (for ages 3+)
A colourful short story about a little boy taking his first airplane trip. This picture book goes through all the major experiences including getting boarding passes, going through security and finding the right gate. In a reassuring way, it also talks about the flight safety briefing, the feeling and sounds of takeoff, and landing to see Grandma.
- The Noisy Airplane Ride by Mike Downs (ages 3-7)
This book is especially good for those kids who are noise sensitive. It takes you through the sounds they might hear on the plane on take off, during the flight and on landing. It also talks about some of the physical sensations experienced when flying.
- My First Trip on an Airplane (Growing Up) by Vic Parker (ages 5-7)
My First Trip on an Airplane is a step-by-step guide using words and photos to teach young school-aged kids what to expect at the airport, on the plane, and at their destination.
We hope these books help your first time flyer to have a great flying experience.
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