Family holiday operator Western & Oriental’s new Holiday Playbook have just launched a Holiday Playbook to rescue families from the digital world and reconnect with one another on holiday! It is a free booklet for parents to download – a real life saver for those travelling with kids…the games for the plane are particularly brilliant – keep the kids happy in their seats with the Western & Oriental Airplane Bingo – you can download and print up bingo cards for all the family and children will be happy to watch people around them boarding just to be the first to mark off the trolley bag, sunglasses, headphones etc. on the card. And there are some great games for rainy days too!
You can download the Playbook here or read on for a taste of the games included…
1) Human Slot Machine
How to play
· Get yourselves set up with three bags with the same items in each bag. The easy way to do this on the plane is to use the handy paper sick bag that can be found in the pocket in front of each seat and then wait until the airplane meal is served and swipe three of the same items from three meals – a plastic fork, cup or empty can of soda are all ideal.
· Next give each of the players one of the matching bags, and if there’s anyone else then they can take it in turns to play on the Human Slot Machine.
· To give it a go, whoever’s turn it is to gamble makes a whirring fruit machine noise (or any other noise of your choosing) and on the word ‘Ping” the three bag holders each simultaneously pull an item from their paper bag. The player wins if three of the same items are pulled out.
2) Gilli Danda
How to play
· Get yourself set up with two sticks. A longer one of about 12-18 inches that is called the Danda and is used in the same way as a cricket bat. The smaller one called the Gilli and is about 3-6 inches long and should, if possible, tapered at both ends.
· Next prepare the pitch by drawing a circle in the ground of about 1 metre diameter and score a hole in the middle that is deep enough for the Gilli to stand in it. It doesn’t matter if it rests at an angle.
· Get into two teams. One team lines up to bat and the other spreads itself around the circle to field. The first person to bat rests the Gilli in the hole and then strikes it using the Danda.
· Once the Gilli is struck, the batter places the Danda over the Gilli hole. The fielders then have to try to catch the Gilli to get the batter out. If the Gilli lands on the ground the fielder closest to it grabs hold of it and throws it towards the Danda (which was placed on top of the Gilli hole). If the fielder hits the Danda then the batter is out. If not, the batter scores one point and gets another turn to bat.
· If the batter fails to hit the ball three times then they are out – similar to the game of cricket or rounders.
The winner is the person or team with the most points at the end of the game
3) Flip Flop Tag
This is the traditional game of tag with a beachside twist. In this game everyone has two lives in represented by flip flops which are stuffed down their trousers or skirt.
How to play
- · Get the kids to put their shoes either down the backs of their trousers or skirts or tuck them securely underneath a belt. You need to ensure that each child has a reasonable amount of shoe sticking out of the top so that the other kids can grab it.
- · Choose whose ‘it’ and whoever it is has to chase after the kids and try to pull a shoe out of the backs of their trousers, skirt or belt.
- · Once a shoe is grabbed, these are then put at the side. A player becomes ‘it’ when both their shoes have been taken.
If you want to do something a bit more ‘grown up’ you can click here for a list of free bingo sites if that’s what takes your fancy!