We have recently been on a two-week trip to Adelaide, South Australia. In a bid to keep my eldest son entertained on the plane and during down time (and sneak in some learning time) I created a travel journal for him.
It included some activities for exploring the airport,
an activity to draw what he thought he might see and do on our trip,
a passport to collect stamps from all the places we visited along the way. You take this piece of paper and fold it to create a hotdog booklet. You then ask at all the places you go to for a stamp in the booklet – for example, the airport check-in, any places you visit (for example, at the zoo) and anywhere else you like.
and a map and round up of the important parts of our holiday.
Thanks to Journey Jottings for the inspiration for the stamp passport and the single page journey map.
My son declined to share his hand drawn map (not quite finished as he lost interest), but here is a version I made up with some of our holiday pictures.
I think that as well as drawing the map children might like to make a collage-style map using pictures from travel brochures or by planning photos that they could include on the map (for example, if I had planned the photos in advance for a map I probably would have taken pics of the entrance signs for example, Adelaide Zoo).
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Do you keep a journal when you travel? Or encourage your children to do so?