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JOURNALS AND SCRAPBOOKS
Busy youngsters make for a better vacation and more enjoyable travel. A journal is the way to go.
Journal writing is all the rage. Schools are encouraging children to write more and to use a journal or diary. A children's travel journal will keep young travellers busy and entertained during any trip and also serves as a keepsake that vividly preserves their memories. Below is a list of journals we have found which will make your family vacation more fun and at the same time improve on the youngsters' educational skills.
Travel Ideas for making the family vacation more funTrip Scrapbook and Supplies - bring an inexpensive scrapbook with blank pages (about 8-1/2-inches x 11-inches) for each child.
Bring along some crayons, a child safe scizzor and some paper glue. Encourage the children to save admission tickets and collect free promotional literature and brochures from attractions visited. Find images representative of what they have done each day. Free literature is usually on display at resort lobbies, restaurants, tourism promotion spots, local chamber of commerces, dolphin sites and state parks. Children can cut and paste these to their journals and SCRAPBOOKS as keepsakes and to illustrate their written experiences.
Have the kids complete a page of the trip scrapbook for each day of the trip.This trip scrapbook can be filled with memories and makes the visit more fun for your kids
If part of the trip represents driving find a picture of a car on a road to go along with their written description for that day. Have yourchildren write a story about what they did each day while you were away.
Utilize Disposable Cameras - Empower the kids by providing each child with a disposable camera. Let them take their own pictures. For kids there should be no such thing as a bad picture. Instruct them to take one picture a day while on vacation of a family member preferably doing something funny. Children have a different concept of what makes a good or bad photo experience. Let them take pictures of what they want to remember. These pictures can be come a source of inspiration for their journal writing. Consider getting one hour developing so they can add photos to their journals and scrapbooks.
Disposable cameras cost about $10 or less.
Polaroid I-Zone Camera - Another option is to buy a Polaroid I-Zone Instant camera. Pictures are smaller but there is instant gratification and an instant picture for adding to the journal.
Bring along a Polaroid I-Zone Camera for the kids to further personalize the family trip. Children can use their own pictures of attractions and paste them in their journals. See Journals, Diaries and Scrapbooks. Encourage them to take close-up pictures to get the family faces next to identifiable signs and events.
Flat Stanley Fun - Read about Flat Stanley below. Use Flat Stanley in your photographs. Flat Stanley is a great motivator for writing. The children can photo copy Flat Stanley, mount him of stiff paper, cut him out , color him and take him whereever they go. Take pictures of the kids and Flat Stanley for their journal.
Postcard Memory Books - Another way to encourage writing and to provide a fun activity is to let the children pick up postcards everywhere you stop and write what they are doing, how they feel at that moment, and mail it to themselves. Bring along postcard stamps and mail each card as your travel. When the family gets home from vacation each child can take all the postcards they sent themselves and punch three holes in the shorter side, tie them with ribbon or yarn and they have a ready made memory book from their trip.
The Children's Travel Journal
by Ann Banks, Adrienne Hartman (Illustrator)
The skies are alive with kids racking up frequent-flier miles, writes Travel and Leisure. The The format is thoroughly kid-friendly. Pages on the right side of the book are ruled, with scattered words and phrases to prompt writing. For example, on the Restaurants page, kids are encouraged to think about new tastes and best desserts. The left-side pages are blank for drawing, pasting in mementos, and additional writing. Throughout are witty illustrations, maps, and borders that await the traveler's crayon.
Amazon Customer Review
Perfect travel journal for young kids, March 26, 2001
Reviewer: jalrdcd from Rice Lake, WI USA My daughter is delighted with this journal. It prompts a child to write about things they may not have thought about. It contains a lot of the same information that adult travel journals contain (e.g. record of expenses), but in a kid-friendly format with illustrations. I think it will be a great thing for keeping my daughter busy on the plane ride.
Kid's Trip Diary
Amazon Book Review
Great way for kids to record their experiences, June 8, 2001
Reviewer: Helen M Fausett from Corvallis, OR, United States This book is a good way for kids to keep up with their writing skills over the summer, and record a description of their summer adventure to look back on years to come. The book is compact enough to travel with, and has good prompts to help kid's think about things to write.
Flat Stanley (A Trophy Chapter Book)
by Jeff Brown, Steve Bjorkman (Illustrator)
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback: 64 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.18 x 7.60 x 5.17
Publisher: Scott Foresman (Pearson K-12)
In-Print Editions: Library Binding | Audio Cassette (Abridged) | All Editions
Flat Stanley is a great motivator for writing. The children can photo copy Flat Stanley, mount him of stiff paper, cut him out , color him and take him whereever they go. Take pictures of the kids and Flat Stanley for their journal.
Poor Stanley. He's a perfectly normal boy until one morning he wakes up flat. After his parents peel the incriminating bulletin board off of him, Stanley must adjust to life as a pancake. He is a boy who takes this kind of thing in stride, though, and soon he's enjoying the advantages of squashedness. Sliding under closed doors is fun, and it's gratifying to be of use to his mother when she drops her ring through a narrow metal grating. Expensive plane fare to California? No problem. Svelte Stanley folds comfortably into a brown paper envelope. There's even room left over in there for an egg-salad sandwich. But Stanley's true moment of glory comes when a gang of thieves begins stealing paintings from the Famous Museum of Art. The case seems hopeless--until our two-dimensional hero saves the day. Here is one boy who doesn't let his profile-challenged body stop him from living life fully--that is, until his brother finds a way to help him become well rounded again. Jeff Brown's matter-of-fact tone and Tomi Ungerer's witty and engaging drawings tickle the funny bone, making this 1964 classic a perennial favorite. (Ages 4 to 8) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
"A triumph of make-believe fun. Stanley Lambchop wakes up to discover that he has been flattened to the width of one-half inch -- nothing to worry the doctor, and often a great convenience as a series of marvelous adventures proves."
An Adventure Book For Everyone!!!, November 15, 2002
Reviewer: An 11-year old reader Who is 4 feet tall, 1 foot wide, and a 1/2 a inch thick? Stanley Lambchop is!!
Stanley Lambchop is an average boy. He leads an ordinary life... Until one night an enormous bulletin board falls on him and suddenly makes him flat. Stanley being flat had turned into an adventure for him. He gets to stop crime, gets to be mailed, gets to be flown like a kite, and many more things. But there is only one bad thing about being flat for Stanley. It is... Will he ever return to his normal size and have his normal life again? Well you will find out when you read this book Flat Stanley!!
Katie --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
Flat stanley, October 26, 2001
Reviewer: An 11-year old reader from Grand Rapids, MI This is a book about a boy that was squashed by an erase board that his dad gave him. All of the kids at school were jealous because he could slide under doors and fly himself like a kite. You should read this book if you like easy-read books about an inch-thick children.
This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
Travel Bug: A Travel Journal for Kids
by Linda Schwartz, Bev Armstrong (Illustrator), Beverly Armstrong (Illustrator)
Reading level: Ages 7-14
Paperback: 120 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.34 x 8.26 x 9.02
Publisher: Learning Works
Kids Love Travel Memories: A Family's Keepsake Book for Scrapbooking All the Fun Places You've Visited
by George Zavatsky, Michele Zavatsky
Amazon Customer Review
A GREAT SCRAPBOOK / TRAVEL JOURNAL FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!, April 29, 2001
Reviewer: George & Michele Zavatsky from Columbus, OH After a family explores fun places (on weeklong vacations or maybe just lots of little day trips) . . . what's the best thing to do with all those brochures, postcards, photos and thoughtful memories? George and Michele Zavatsky, authors of the best-selling "KIDS LOVE" travel series, think they the simple answer. They were inspired by fellow travelers to design "KIDS LOVE TRAVEL MEMORIES! - A Family's Keepsake Book for Scrapbooking all the Fun Places You've Visited!" But, why this book . . .and what's so unique about it? The Zavatsky's, as a family, are thankful to be called "the family that goes on vacation for a living". Over the years, they have spent thousands of hours traveling to and writing about kid-friendly places to visit. While promoting their books, they met thousands of people who have the same great thrill . . . planning the next big adventure, watching the eyes of the kids, and talking about all the fun times. They encouraged a travel journal and scrapbook to remember those great times, but had many questions about how to assemble these journeys into a quick and easy format. Generally, just one family member (usually Mom!) was assigned the task of endless, time-consuming scrapbooking. A simple solution: Compile the best of the best . . . thoughts to remember, ways to remember them, and artwork and graphics that trigger the memories of the special places in a family's history book. If you can imagine, each family member is able to simply categorize their travel memories. Kids can color pictures and paste photos while parents and older siblings easily answer travel questions on the journal pages. A sampling of what you'll find in each chapter: Amusements: Been sliding down a coaster? Visited a prehistoric forest or hung out in the Old West? This place was voted the biggest "tourist trap" and we sure fell in . . . Animals & Farms: Are there really nice snakes or pampered fish? Do buffalo still roam? Do wolves still howl at the moon? Which dairy farm makes the best ice cream? History: Skipped stones near the homes of Washington, Boone, or famous Native Americans? Seen where government convenes? Would you enjoy pioneer daily chores? Museums: Visited museums on wars, music or modes of transportation? The all out best Children's Museum we found was? A place you pretended to be a jockey, a pilot, a heart, a captain or a miner. Outdoor Exploring: The best "fish story" we heard. Climbed up a real lighthouse or hiked across giant bridges recently? Heard the roar of wonderful waterfalls or the gentle drips of stalactites, or the echo-o-o of a canyon? Seasonal & Special Events: Eat your way through apple, cherry, berry, ice cream, maple and popcorn festivals. Festivals of Lights, train rides with Santa, fireworks shows, pumpkin patches or Easter egg hunts. Our favorite seasonal festival and what we liked.. Sports: Ever pretended you're running out of a virtual locker room in many Hall of Fames? The best way we've tried to get a sport's stars autograph was ... The Arts: Have you discovered unique things that can be called "art". The curtains up! Concerts & plays we saw and loved ... Theme Restaurants: Some new foods the kids tried. Have you tasted foods like burgoo, hobos, gorilla grilled cheese or hot browns? Ever eaten in a old schoolhouse, a train depot, a log cabin, a riverboat, a firehouse, or a 50's diner? Tours: Seen how castles or toys are made? Watched food factories make candy, cheese, ice cream, and snack foods? We got our favorite free souvenir at ... KIDS LOVE TRAVEL MEMORIES! can be a fun book to use on your journeys or to assemble in the off-season as a family around the kitchen table. What becomes of each scrapbook is what everyone contributes. It is a special family creation that becomes your book to be proudly displayed on any coffee table, in any family's home. The Zavatsky's say their ultimate mission statement is "...that your children will develop a love and passion for quality family travel experiences that they can pass on to another generation of family travelers." They add, "many times, some of our fondest memories were not made at an expensive attraction, but rather when it was least expected". Now you have a way of simply keepsaking all those special times!
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