Going on a trip with your kids is usually something relaxing, laid-back, and enjoyable for them. It’s their reward for working hard in school and it’s a fantastic way to help them relieve a bit of stress that they could be facing as a result of their studies. For making kids, taking them to Disneyland is seen as the ultimate reward and the place that they all want to visit at least once in their lives.
However, a trip abroad doesn’t need to be all fun and games. As children, they’re capable of learning things wherever they go. Whether it’s learning about the history of somewhere, picking up a few phrases in a different language, or even just learning about how to travel, there are loads of educational experiences just waiting to be unlocked.
Education starts from the moment you travel
Traveling to your destination presents many unique opportunities for your child to learn something. For example, your child might be curious as to why airport queues are so long and they might be wondering why there are so many security checks and what they do. This is a great opportunity to teach your child about the processes involved in traveling and why there are so many restrictions and checkpoints to pass. Educating them about security can help them appreciate and understand the jobs that security staff do, and it’ll also give them more peace of mind when traveling on their own in the future.
You can also educate your children about the way planes work. You can talk about the fastest passenger jet in the world and compare it to the commercial airliner that you’re on right now, and you can explain how the plane flies and why it’s built in that iconic shape. Children are extremely curious and they love to ask different kinds of questions. It’s a great idea to fulfill that curiosity because it teaches them a lot of interesting and valuable knowledge about travel.
Educating them about the different sights and sounds you’ll see
Once you land at your destination, your child is likely going to ask questions about all of the unique things that you see. In fact, they might bring up some questions that you have no idea how to answer! No matter where you go, you and your family will see plenty of interesting sights and you’ll learn about landmarks and history together. It’s a good idea to interpret what you learn so that you can easily explain it to your child.
Tour guides are a great option if you’re looking to travel around a particular destination and learn all about its history and the culture surrounding it. You can supplement this with literature such as guide books and even Wikipedia articles that you can check on your phone. There’s going to be a lot of information to take in at once, so you can try to recap it when you’re at your accommodation in the evening. Chat with your child about the things they saw and experienced during the day and ask them questions as a little way to test their newfound knowledge.
Bring a scrapbook for your child to record their memories and experiences
Just remembering information usually isn’t enough, so why not bring along a scrapbook for your child to record their memories and experiences? There are loads of fantastic ways to fill a scrapbook with important and unique memories. You can give your child receipts for all the different meals you had and then stick them into the scrapbook along with photographs of the meal, or you can hold onto all of the entry tickets that you obtained and put them in the scrapbook next to pictures of the places you visited. Scrapbooks can also be written in, allowing your child to recount their experiences and say what they liked and disliked.
A family scrapbook is an amazing souvenir to take home with you and it can be filled with loads of exciting and unique memories. You can look back at the scrapbook in a few year’s time and remember all the amazing things you saw and all the great experiences you had with your child. It can also be a fun way for your child to remember all of the things they did and remember all of the knowledge they picked up during the trip.
Holidays should be a fun and rewarding experience for your children, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be educational and full of learning experiences too.