To do: On your next long distance road trip or trip around town, print out a map and draw your route with your child.
Time: 15 minutes
Materials: Map, markers or colored pencils
Help your child understand exactly where you are going and have fun doing some navigating!
The next time you’re taking a long road trip or even heading across town, make an event out of charting your route.
- Print out a map of the area where your trip will take you.
- With your child, mark where your house or beginning point is. Mark your final destination.
- Give your child time to examine the roads between the two points. Use different colored pencils or markers and draw possible paths to take!
- Let your child navigate in the car if they’d like, and enjoy the journey together.
For your older child: In this age of technology, your child will most likely grow up booking flights, making hotel reservations, and planning outings at a younger age than previous generations.
With this in mind, why not involve them in your next vacation planning! Of course, you have final say in what your family does, but perhaps give your child a list of acceptable choices for vacation. They can then research or think about each option, and make an informed decision. For example, when we visit Grandma in Kansas City, would you like to go to the Lakeside Nature Center, Stone Lion Puppet Theatre, or the Kansas City Zoo?
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