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July 10, 2013

Children's Summer Journal

I guest posted over at The Organized Parent a couple weeks ago. I'm sharing the post here today in case you missed it...

When I was a child, I loved going into office supply stores. I remember scouring the aisle with the journals…I would pick them up off the shelf just to smell their pages. I have an entire tote full of filled journals from my earlier years. They have become my prized possessions.

With summer break finally here, I decided it was a perfect opportunity to keep my school-age children engaged all summer long by making them their own special journal. My love for writing and recording is something I hope to pass on to them.
 

Not only is it a great opportunity to keep children practicing their writing all Summer long, but it’s a great tool to keep children occupied during those boring traveling hours. Keep it handy in the car so they can record the events from the prior day, or write about a funny story that happened. They can keep an ongoing list of different cities or states that you travel through. Make sure to carry them on the airplane with you so children can write or draw pictures of what they are most excited about and looking forward to during your trip.


Having a journal can help children get excited about finding or purchasing special keepsakes throughout your vacation, such as postcards, maps or pamphlets, and even things found in nature like leaves or flowers. These items can be glued right into their journal making them a permanent memory of your trip.


To make trips even more special, try giving your children their own digital camera to photograph their own memories of your trip. I have done this before in the past and I always love seeing my children’s perspective. Children can later choose which pictures they wish to have printed to add to their journal.

 
Don’t let the fun stop when you get back from your trip! I glued our Summer Bucket List on the inside flap of the journals so my children can be excited about local activities we will be participating in. They can check things off the list as we complete them and write about each different activity all summer long.

For more tips and tricks about traveling with children, make sure to check out my Traveling Ideas Pinterest Board.

Update:
My boys have been enjoying writing in their journals. Here's a peek at one of Luke's entries:


 

2 comments:

Janiene Bishop said... Best Blogger Tips

this is so awesome! love it!

Sell...Party Of 5 said... Best Blogger Tips

I love the way you decorated the front. Super cute, and I loved seeing you bucket list for Summer. :)

I should have done this, maybe I will just do it for fun...even though our Summer is feeling almost over already.