DIY: I Spy Goody Bag to Entertain Your Kids on an Airplane

diy i spy goody bag

diy i spy

Long gone are the flights when I used to hold my dear infant on my lap, watch a couple of movies, while sipping on some sparkling water.  Possibly even get a 15 minute cat nap at the same time. I remember those flights when all we needed was our infant carrier, mommy’s “milk,” and whatever the airplane had on flight (i.e. napkins, straws, a plastic cup) to keep him happy. Happy infant, happy parents. Oh, those were the good old days when airplane travel was a breeze…..until now. Still, what’s kept us hopeful (and our toddler amused) is this Do-it-yourself I Spy Goody Bag which is easy to make and fun to do!

I Spy Goody Bag

I spy with my little eye, something that is ____________.

Flying with a toddler, scratch that, flying with a “two-year old” toddler is a totally different ball game.  We find that our son has so much more energy than ever before. What worked when he was an infant, most definitely doesn’t work at this toddler stage. On our last trip, I brought along some home-made activities that was sure to entertain! Our son loved it just as much as I enjoyed putting it together. To create this fun DIY, see the instructions below.

diy i spy


  • A see-through pouch, pencil-case or plastic zip lock bag
  • 1″ key chain ring or paper clip
  • Party stuffing
  • 10-20 mini toys to put inside
  • Transparent tape
  • Camera
  • Printer or access to a print shop


  1. Open all the toys and party packaging.
  2. Display all the toys on a flat surface and take a picture of it.
  3. Print the picture of all the goodies.
  4. Poke a hole in the pouch, and attach the picture (of the goodies) with a 1″ key ring or paper clip to the zipper.
  5. Fill half the plastic pouch with party paper.
  6. Put in about 15-20 little toddler or party toys. Fill it with different items to pique your child’s interest.
  7. Mix the toys with the party paper so some toys are hidden. Leave about 10 percent space, so the trinkets have room to move.
  8. Tape the bag shut to secure the bag from opening (or from little hands trying to get a hold of the goodies).
  9. Play “I Spy” by picking an item in the bag and saying “I spy with my little eye” and then describe one thing about the toy. Let the child find the item (without opening the bag).
  10. Give a reward after you play the game or for good behaviour.  Have fun!


This two-in-one is twice the fun!

As I mentioned, there is a part two to this bag. Once you’re done playing “I spy,” then it’s time to use your stash of goodies as a way to learn about each item, use it as a treat or reward. Since our tot was fascinated with each toy, we went the “learning” route and explained every item, followed by a Q&A. Another 20 minutes that kept our son engaged and all of us glued to our seats.  In fact, the I Spy Goody Bag worked wonders for us and we plan to make different ones for future flights. Perhaps for the next trip, we’ll make it transportation theme-related and fill it with different cars, trains, and planes.

Looking for another DIY kids activity for your next airplane ride? We suggest the DIY Copilot Cockpit. Happy travels!

DIY I Spy Goody Bag

DIY I Spy Goody Bag

Author: Darlynne

Darlynne founded Live Love Backpack to inspire others to make a positive difference in the world through traveling, volunteering, and self-awareness. Darlynne has traveled to over 76 countries. Family adventures include backpacking off the beaten path, hiking in Ontario and creating happy memories.

23 Replies to “DIY: I Spy Goody Bag to Entertain Your Kids on an Airplane”

  1. My niece would enjoy this! Princess things of course.

    1. Hi Matcha, (Cool name by the way) 🙂 What I love about this DIY is that you can personalize the goody bag with anything that interests the child.The possibilities are endless!

  2. What are the best places to buy these small toys? My wife probably knows but I would like to surprise her and the kids.

    1. Hi Vegi,
      We found the small toys at various dollar/party stores usually in the aisle where there are party supplies and loot bags. Hope this helps!

      1. yes thanks

  3. MUST TRY THIS!!!!!!!!

    1. Kids always love an amazing goody bag (+game) = :):):) Am I right Nevaeh?

  4. So cool! This is sure to keep the kiddos busy! ❤️

    1. Thanks Carol! I’m sure you have heaps of ideas to keep toddler boys entertained as well. Hope to hear some of them soon. Big hugs. 🙂

  5. Oh! This looks totally great! I will try this for sure:) Thanks for posting.

    1. Thanks for all the kind words Brian!

  6. What a treat. Little Bodhi is so lucky to have many toys to play with on the airplane.

    1. Thanks for reading Auntie. I guess we all feel lucky when Bodhi is entertained on the plane. It means a little break for us too. 🙂

  7. This is fun, just look at his face. Always a good idea to bring your own activities to keep them occupied even if it is for a short time.

    1. Thanks, when flying more than one hour flights, I like to have lots of different things in my mommy arsenal. Goody bags are always a hit. 🙂

  8. Totally love this idea! Doing it. 😛

    1. Glad to hear! Happy travels.

  9. This is such a good idea for parents and families with kids under 10! I will be recommending this to all my parent friends!

    1. Thanks for the recommendation and for all the positive feedback Jonsaba.

  10. Rosario L. Moreno says: Reply

    This is really a great idea Darlynne, I’ve got to try this for my grandchildren-Love Tita Sayo. Thank you for the idea☺️

    1. Thanks Tita! I’m sure they will love it!

  11. Little luggages says: Reply

    Doing it!

    1. Enjoy. Let us know what the kiddos thought about it.

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