Today, I am linking up with Shelly and Katy for Spiel the Beans with the Queens. They are sharing tips for planning a family vacation today, so I thought I would share a few ideas for putting together a vacation journal for your own kids. I've included the links to the sites where I found these. We usually just print off some fun things and put it in a folder with some fun markers, but you could also use a clipboard if you would rather.
First off, my vacation journal always included a little summary of the day. I usually filled this out in our hotel while winding down for the night. This may be where I developed a love for blogging. While all the other kids were enjoying their pencil-free summer break, my mom was giving me essay topics. :)
You could personalize it any way you want. If you knew you were going to Disney World, for example, you might ask about their favorite ride, show, or character they saw that day.
Another key piece to a vacation journal, is a map. My mom always printed off the route we would be taking for me to follow along. You could even highlight the places you expect to stop, too. We are headed to Branson later this summer, so this is one I might include in one for my kids.
You can also include a few fun things you are planning to do on vacation. For example, below is a map of Silver Dollar City for Kendall to look at and get excited about and decide what areas of the park interest her the most.
Next, time for some games!
(Click here for free printable)
You can cater your vacation journal however you want depending on your kid's ages, abilities and interests. Now, here is the biggest tip for a vacation journal...DO NOT GIVE IT TO YOUR KID UNTIL YOU ARE IN THE CAR AND HAVE HEARD YOUR FIRST, "I'M BORED!" Do not, I repeat, do not give it to them before you leave for the road trip. This is your secret weapon for the moment when they have watched all the DVD's and are not getting a Wifi signal. When they have reached the moment of, "She's touching my seat." When all the good snacks have already been eaten. You know the moment...about twenty minutes into the trip.
Are you planning a road trip this summer? What do you do to keep your kids busy in the car?