I admit it. I dreaded flying to California and back home. The reason was Max. How do you contain a lively 2 year old on a 3 1/2 hour flight? Fruit snacks? New toys wrapped up? Playdough? DVDs? Stickers? Books? Yes, wonderful tips. Well, this time I was determined to break from the norm, and I found the perfect solution! A box. An old jewelry box with a lid. With the box I brought a fabric drawstring bag full of random household items: paper clips, buttons, twisty ties, a teeth flosser, cotton balls, Q-tips, straws, generic Fruit Loops, stickers, yarn, paper with holes punched in it, beads, and a few crayons. Let me tell you…JACKPOT. I also had a small bag of M&Ms in my purse, too, that I rationed throughout the flight. Every so often, I’d drop a few M&Ms in Max’s box and he was so excited! He stood on the floor and used his seat as a workbench. Endless opportunities and a happy toddler. Success!