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Hey guys! So you “might” know that I love to travel. Travel is something that brings me joy and self confidence. Obviously feelings that I want to share with my kids, right? Well, while my kids enjoy traveling along with me too, sometimes I forget to really include them in travel past the superficial. It happens – especially when you tend to get easily caught up in travel excitement! So, besides the excitement and fun that travel brings, what else is it that I’m after by traveling with my kids?
Getting Kids Involved in Travel
Immersing my kids in travel and allowing them to learn from it is important to me. After all, if I am spending the money and taking the time to travel across the US with my kids – I want them to gain something from it more than just a good time. Right? I want to teach my children facts about the worlds structures, geography, about the seas and deserts and of course make it fun so I can encourage them to cultivate their own love of travel. One of the ways I have found to do this is by using destination focused books for kids. Books are (relatively) easy to bring along with us while we travel and can be a great way to introduce a new location to them before we even head out on our adventure.
So where do I find kids travel books? Well, I came across an entire line of travel centered books and fell head over heels. The new travel series from lonely planet kids which includes location focused pop up books, travel journals, world maps, boredom busters for the road and exploration books was exactly what I’ve been looking for. With such a diverse group of books, which covered several different locations, topics and reading levels, we have been able to grow a solid base of travel resources that our kids actually enjoy using.
Lonely Planet Kids Travel Summer Travel Series
The Lonely Planet Kids travel books vary between reading skill levels and interests. There are pop up books based on different locations, as well as interactive books about preparing for travel and what you might find after you go. There are also books which hold maps for logging destinations and a kids travel journal to get older kids to reflect on the process.
5 Ways to Get Kids Involved Using Books
As I mentioned before, I want to get my kids more involved in travel in a way that resonates with them. Here is how I plan to use this series to do that.
1 . Create familiarity.
For my younger child, simply creating familiarity about a location before we visit is important. It helps him feel more at ease while we travel to new places. Since he isn’t quite yet to an individual reading or writing level, the Lonely Planet Kids pop up books are perfect for us to read together. He loves the fun pop up pictures and I love the short and to the point wording. We have the Paris pop up book, but there are also destinations available such as London and New York.
2. Keep Busy During Travel.
Oh those long hours in a car can be brutal! In fact, the actual process of traveling sometimes turns my kids sour to the entire idea. Finding ways to keep their minds busy and to help pass the time while traveling helps my kids enjoy the overall process even more. One of the books that we found in this series and simply had to have was called Boredom Busters; it included simple brain trials and things to do in a car to pass the time. While we found this book a bit too skilled for our 5 year old, our 8 year old took to it right away.
3. Map Out Destinations and Travels.
Bringing things into perspective in regard to distance traveled can be overwhelming. At the same time, seeing locations on a map and then visiting these places in real life has helped my kids make a mental connection. For this reason we found the “My Family Travel Map” useful and fun. Within this book lies a folded up map ready to be filled with your adventures. There are stickers which read “been there” and ones that are simply photos to express a feeling or sight from the location. Once opened the map kept inside the book folds out into a large wall map which can then be folded back into the book for safe keeping and mobility. We can’t wait to fill ours up!
4. Play and Explore.
I love it when learning doesn’t feel like it. With the “Let’s Explore” books my five year old giggled as he created under the sea landscapes with stickers or helped the books characters pack for a dive adventure. These books, which explore different destinations such as the ocean, jungle or safari, are centered on creativity and learning while allowing kids to make their own creative choices. This book is also great for keeping busy while traveling as I didn’t have to worry about the stickers making a mess and everything he needed to play was right inside the book.
5. Remember and Reflect on Adventures.
One thing we do after every adventure is talk about what we loved best, what we would change and how our adventure made us feel. I love to entice my kids to think about what they experienced. Quite frankly, their answers often surprise me! Because of this when I found the Lonely Planet Kids Travel Journal, I knew that I wanted to get it for my kids. It is essentially a place where kids can write down, draw, or stick photos to remember the journey that they had. Along with providing space for them to write thoughts, it also encourages them to think about detail by asking questions about the trip – things like “What was the best meal you ate?”.
Because we found these books super useful in our own travel adventures, I wanted to share them with you! Do you have a book, item or travel accessory that you found and love? Share it with us in the comments! We always love finding new ways to enrich our travels with kids.
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