The summer travel season is almost upon us, which means fun, adventure and more time together as a family! However, if you’re traveling with little ones, the idea of summer vacation may seem more like work instead.
With a little bit of preparation and time spent talking with your children about your upcoming trip, hopefully, they will be excited and better equipped to handle the change in routine.
Here are a few ideas to help you prepare your little ones for traveling:
- Show your children pictures of where you’re going and what you plan on doing and seeing once you’re there.
- Find and print out a map of the route you’re going to take so you can show them beforehand and along the way exactly where they are.
- Pray with them a few weeks or days in advance about their upcoming trip and also during the trip for their safety and protection.
- Read them books about traveling and about the destination. If you’re traveling internationally, you can introduce a different language or culture.
- Let your children help make a packing list by drawing pictures, writing and talking about what they think they’ll need to bring. Then, let them gather some of the things and put them in their suitcase or bag.
- If you plan on flying, take a field trip to an airport before your trip and watch the airplanes take off and the people and kids going through security and getting boarding passes. If you can’t make it to the airport beforehand, you can take a virtual field trip with KidVision VPK and complete the airport take home activity.
- Watch videos of other kids traveling. In particular, watch the “Tiger’s Family Trip” one-hour Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood episode. The special is available for free on pbskids.org and the PBS KIDS Video App. There is also the “Tiger Family Trip” book and “Going to see Granpere” book available that tie into the video.
- Play pretend travel with them and line up chairs to act like you’re in a car, train or airplane going on your vacation.
Will you be taking your little ones on any trips this summer? If so, what are some things you do to prepare your kids?
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