There comes a time during every flight when a parent must put away the iPad. Not because her fellow passengers are judgmentally clocking her kid’s screen time. No, because the device has failed in its basic mission—to neutralize her child for the duration of the flight (thanks for nothing, Steve Jobs). Here are nine other ways to take things down a notch at 30,000 feet.

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Twenty20

STOCK UP ON COLORING BOOKS

And while you’re at it, crayons that won’t roll away. Trust us: They’re worth the investment.

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Melissa and Doug

...AND BRING SOME REUSABLE STICKERS

Your little ones can use them to decorate the window, then peel them off once the landing gear is down.

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DISTRACT THEM WITH FINGER PUPPETS

…Just be prepared to bust out Mother Goose’s entire oeuvre in front of the guy in 23A.

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Tales2Go

TWO WORDS: AUDIO BOOKS

We’re huge fans of Tales2Go, which features stories for a variety of age ranges.

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‘Maisy Goes By Plane’

...OR READ ACTUAL BOOKS

Ooh, about flying. How meta, Mama.

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ARRANGE TO VISIT THE COCKPIT

Pull aside the friendliest-seeming flight attendant mid-flight to make the deal. Chat with your child about exactly how it’s going to go down for approximately one hour before the actual event. (They could discuss for two.)

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Bristle Blocks

BUILD WITH BRISTLE BLOCKS

They’re less potentially injurious than her beloved Magna-Tiles. This handy kit should keep the skies friendly for, oh, 15 minutes.

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PLAY HAND GAMES

Whoever plays them the most quietly is the winner. (Here are some ideas.)

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Water Wow

When All Else Fails, Whip Out Water Wow

Hey Melissa and Doug, will you co-parent with us? Thank you for the wonders of Water Wow, a no-mess coloring book with a built-in pen.

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