When we get ready for our trips we spend months planning; buying tickets, making reservations, booking cars, choosing our activities. For our kids they just go on their daily lives with little idea of a trip that is 2 months away and what that means in terms of time, or really what we will be doing. Luckily, for our kids, they have traveled enough and we spend enough time talking about other cities and countries that we can tell them what we are going to do and they get excited about it. But we also have a few ideas of ways to help get your kids ready while teaching them about the idea of traveling!
1) Little Passports: This monthly subscription package offers 2 choices, either US travel or World travel. Kids will receive monthly packages (in a suitcase shaped box!) filled with letters, maps, stickers and souvenirs specific to the country/state, as well as access to online games and activities. The World edition is recommended for kids 5 to 12 and the US edition is recommended for kids 7 to 12. Available in 3, 6 or 12 month subscriptions, or month to month.
2) Smart Fish: Frequent Flyer App: This iphone/ipod/ipad app ($2.99) teaches and encourages your child about airplane travel! Starting with packing a suitcase, going through security, boarding the plane, sending postcards, this app shows kids that airplane travel is easy and exciting, and is fun to play!
3) Books, books, books: There are so many good books out there that have to do with traveling, and you can’t go wrong with any of them. These are some of our favorites, for all ages:
4) Toot and Puddle: This show follows the adventures of two pigs who travel throughout the World teaching good lessons. It may not be on the air but you can play games or watch videos online.
There are many good books, games and shows to help teach your children about traveling. What have you found that works well?
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