Travel Lesson No. 4: Make Necklaces en Route to Maui
I’m a believer in limiting screen time when we travel with our daughters. I see it as a treat and like to abide by the experts’ suggestion of no more than two hours per day. On a holiday trip, flying from San Francisco to Maui, my wife and I decided we were going to save the screens for the last third of the six-hour trek.
For the first four hours, we focused on games and art projects. My kids’ favorite was paper chains.
I brought a pad of construction paper and a roll of tape. We couldn’t bring scissors, so I had the kids fold and tear the paper into rectangular strips. Then I told them to make chain links with the tape. The two of them—one is almost 7, the other 4 and a half—got into it. They made short chains to give to flight attendants to wear as festive necklaces. The girls also challenged each other to see if they could make one really long chain. They got to 94 links. It was a genius move: It kept them busy forever.