Right before packing up for a long flight across the country, I did some school supply shopping. I can’t help it. Many of you would agree that some of these back to school sales are practically giving us coveted office supplies for free! How could you resist? At Target, I came across a soft plastic sliding pencil box for 69 cents (which is the regular price). This was not on my daughter’s classroom list, but I had a different use for them. The airplane.
I have tried keeping crayons in their boxes and putting them in Ziploc baggies. Neither method really works well for kids on an airplane tray table. But these pencil boxes that are light, bendable, and roomy inside are perfect! My daughters each filled their own pencil box with whatever drawing or writing objects they wanted. It went into their bags along with a blank sketch book, work books, and coloring books. On the plane, we pulled out the pencil boxes and removed the inside tray from the cover. You have to give it a little tug to get it out- but it works. You can just slide it open, but I thought pulling it all the way out was the better way to go. Then they each had a great box that easily showed their crayons and pencils without rolling off the tray table or into their laps. They loved them! Why didn’t I think of this before!
As I bent down to pick up the 3rd crayon that the child sitting in front of me dropped on the floor, I wished I had an extra pencil box to give to their parents =)