Summer Vacations – Road Trip Family Fun and 4 Tips for Traveling with Kids
Summer vacations are just around the corner, and families are planning for the fun of road trips together! We have a few suggestions for ways your kids can join in the great adventure with neat travel activities, relaxed learning opportunities, and the building of wonderful memories and family relationships.
1) Share news of family travel plans with your kids, and include them in conversation. Ask for their ideas, and questions. Giving kids the opportunity to participate will help them organize their own thoughts about the exciting journey about to unfold. It will also be an opportunity for you as a parent or grandparent to see the world in the ways your children and grandchildren see the world – and a wonderfully imaginative world it often is!
2) Show your kids photo images of the places you’re hoping to see, and maps that help them understand where you’ll all be going. Include an interactive map, and a generous supply of pencils and crayons as part of a travel activity tote. Kids are full of energy, and their lives are active, engaged, and filled with discovery. What a delightful opportunity, within the wonder of childhood, to create a learning experience.
3) Build elasticity into your plans. In the excitement of the travel planning, it’s easy to pack too much into the days, and to leave too little time for rest and relaxation. A little flex room in the schedule will make the trip even better in every way, and may make possible the discovery of a special destination adventure you hadn’t yet considered!
4) Keep a travel journal handy, or a start a scrapbook. Take lots of family photos, tuck away travel brochures, and make places on the pages for your kids to color images, or write notes about the day. Get those while their memories are fresh. Record fun and curious and quirky questions, or insights. You’ll be so thankful you did down the road as these memories are forever with you – and preserved for your children – and their children – too.
Stay safe. Have fun. Celebrate everything good in life together!
By Rand McNally
A great first atlas to introduce kids to the ways of the road Each state features a simplified road map, state facts, and a fun state-related activity. This colorful, fun-filled book is perfect for capturing kids’ interest and keeping them entertained the whole way. Real road maps of all 50 states, simplified for kids. Great travel games. State-by-state puzzles. State birds, flowers, trees, and capitals. Answer key is included in the back of the book.
By Michael Dahl and Kathi Wagner and Aubrey Wagner
Hours of entertainment for the kids–let the good times roll Why did the chicken cross the road? Knock, knock. Who’s there? What do you get when you…? As kids guess the answers, they’re sure to get the giggles. With this book, little ones will look forward to sharing the jokes with parents, teachers, and siblings–and even coming up with some variations of their own. In addition to hundreds of rib-tickling jokes, readers will love: -Head-scratching brain teasers -Funny knock-knock jokes -Hysterical puzzles -Ridiculous riddles And much, much more. Amid the jokes, kids also find information on how to deliver the perfect punch line and how their favorite comics got started telling jokes. Every budding comic needs a little help getting started, and this book is the perfect go-to for getting laughs.
From the editors of Highlights’ ever- popular Puzzlemania and Puzzle Buzz series, this curated collection of brain-boggling fun will keep challenge seekers and logic-puzzle lovers entertained for hours. Formatted in an on-the-go, fun-to-share activity pad format, it contains more than 30 trivia, logic, and super-challenge puzzles, plus lots of bonus jokes, cartoons, quizzes (and more) that make it an experience that is uniquely Highlights. The four-color puzzles are on one side of the page, with the bonus content on the other side, making it an engaging back-to-back experience.
By Publications International Ltd and Brain Games
Brain Games Puzzle for Kids Summer Fun Puzzles is a collection of fun and challenging puzzles made especially for kids aged 6 to 10 years. • The wide variety of puzzles includes mazes, anagrams, crosswords, picture puzzles, and much, much more • May be self-directed or done with a caregiver. • Spiral binding allows the book to lay flat. • Answers in the back of the book. • Spiral bound, 160 pages.