Travelling long distances with children can be challenging, we as parents try our best to give our children activities to help pass the time away. While many parents would be happy to have the children playing the latest video game on their iPad, others would see this as the perfect time to introduce children to some paper based activity books.
An activity book contains a number of tasks that a child can complete, these tasks usually have an educational context. The theme of the book might be focused on enhancing the students vocabulary or perhaps the child’s spatial skills. The overall goal of the activity book is to educate and entertain the student.
A paper based activity book is perfect for the car, it needs no batteries or electrical connections, the child just needs a pen or pencil and something firm to write on. Usually an activity book isn’t subjected to teacher marking, so the odd bump and messier writing that is produced in the back of a car won’t matter much.
The child will pass travelling time away completing great activities such as find a words, completing mazes, completing sentences and matching words to pictures. All of these activities will help your child develop valuable skills which will serve them well into the future. Effectively you are travelling and educating.
Activity books can be created at home by parents, I’ve seen some great examples where a mother added a collection of family photo’s and had each relatives name under the picture. This helped the child remember long lost relatives. Other activity books can be found online, there are even ones that can be purchased online saving you hours of preparation.
Your activity books can be created using a simple word processor such as Microsoft Word, here you can create pages with simple activities like ‘complete the sentence’, start out by writing the complete sentence and then remove the key words and replace them with an underscore character. Another easy way to create pages is to go outside and take photos of common items and make an activity page called ‘name this object’. Perhaps you can incorporate some activities related to your travelling?
While travelling with children can be trying, give some thought to the activities your child will undertake on your next long trip. Consider printing out a few books and letting your children complete some good old fashioned printed activity books.
David P Johns has been working within the education sector for a number of years now, his tools, books and ideas are widely seen across the education space. He is currently working on printable activity books
for children. His writing and ideas can be found at http://activity-book.org
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