Doodle books from Start Creative

Start Creative doodle books
We have one more week of summer holidays before heading back to London and diving straight into school and a busy Autumn schedule. I’m starting to psyche myself up for the routine that is coming… but first, I have a 9-hour flight with four kids to survive. I’ve been trying to convince one of my siblings to fly back with me to help with all the schlepping of children and luggage, but haven’t had any takers… so it looks like I will fly solo, just the kids and me. Eeeek!

Thankfully, a set of doodle books from Start Creative arrived this week for us to check out. The timing couldn’t be better.

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Each little doodle book provides the start of a doodle on each page — a simple line, swirl or scribble, which the kids can use as the starting point for their drawing. All your kids will need is a pencil and a bit of imagination!

I also love that the books are perfectly sized for travel, small enough to fit into any carry-on tote or child’s backpack (I’ve already stashed some in our travel bag, ready for our flight!).

x Courtney

p.s. Last year, after surviving the long flight back to London with all the kids, I jotted down some simple tips for flying with kids. I’ll be studying these tips to prepare myself for next week’s flight, and if you have any other tips to share, please do!

4 COMMENTS - Add your own

1. Belinda | August 27, 2014 | Reply

I think mystery presents could work as a back up – if things are starting to go a little pear-shaped you could whip out something small all wrapped up (who doesn’t love a surprise gift?) and give it to them as a thank you for being so great on holiday etc. new thing = time spent being quiet using it/playing with it/reading it etc. maybe a book, holiday journal (they could write about their adventures while it’s fresh I’m their memory), cards or pocket-sized magnadoodles. The latter would also work well with an app my kids love called Drawnimal – you sit the phone on paper or a magnadoodle – then it shows you what to draw around the phone (ears or a tail or whiskers), then you press the screen and the little animal they half drew comes to life! Same designers also do Miximal where you make up funny new animals by swapping their head/torso/feet and they animate as well.
If all else fails, do an aeroplane spot – someone wearing a red shirt, a green suitcase, seeing the “call for assistance” light up 10 times etc… Make a list and see how they go. If it works for car trips; it can surely work for long-haul flights!?!

2. P | August 28, 2014 | Reply

No one has mentioned this, lol make sure if you can, yourself get a few proper drinks. It’s not always about the kids, think about yourself. At least, you don’t have to change planes! I welcome flying on own with 2 kids for 10+ hours. We have to take 3 aeroplanes from Asia to UK but I have 2 kids :)

3. Brimful | August 28, 2014 | Reply

I’ve got no tips…just happy hopes of a smooth flight for you and the kids. Thank goodness for an excited Daddy/husband waiting on the other end!! xoxo, Annie

4. louise | August 28, 2014 | Reply

Check out my website for more tips when flying/travelling with kids, starting to be a great packer wich u have to be managing to keep track of all luggage when travelling elone with more than one kid :)

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