Some of a child’s happiest memories come from adventures experienced during family travel. Memories are fresh right after a trip, but they fade quickly once they return home. Try these fun projects to help your child recall favorite memories of their holiday travels.
TAKE PHOTOS, RECORD VIDEO
Even 5-year-olds can use a cell-phone or point-and-shoot a camera. Buy an inexpensive, durable kid-friendly camera that can stand up to accidents. Kids love filming their own movies, Help them record a brief video capturing the fun moments.
COLLECT FAVORITE PHOTOS
Take time to review the day’s photos while the events are still fresh. Your child can pick a few images and type a short description for each on a laptop or tablet. Later, log on to sites like Shutterfly or Snapfish to create a photo book, which makes a great holiday gift for grandparents.
SHOW OFF YOUR TREASURES
Souvenirs are reminders that can spark a child’s memory of their trip. Mementos don’t have to be expensive. Kids can put holiday decorations, candy and beads in a jar or box, or display postcards on a bulletin board.
Scrapbooking or journaling on the road can be fun. Collect postcards, brochures, tickets, menus, as you travel through airports, train stations and road stops. Bring a notepad, glue stick and markers along in a Ziploc bag. Your child can glue mementos into a journal and draw pictures of people and scenes they saw.
Print photographs and turn them into refrigerator art. Glue images onto cardboard, cutting them into holiday shapes and attaching magnetic tape. Also, display pictures in frames kids can decorate with holiday art pieces.
TRACK THE TRIP
Road tripping? Download Bound Round, the AAA app or pick up a map at your local AAA branch so your child can trace your route with a marker and highlight destinations with stickers and personal notes.
Capturing the moments on your next holiday trip offers great advantages for engaging younger as well as older kids. Encouraging them to write, photograph, video and post on Facebook and other social media sites, can be exciting. At the end of the trip and for many holidays that follow, they will have fond memories.
Source: AAA Travel Notes
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