Traveling, whether somewhere close or far away, is often a part of every family’s holiday season. Whether your child is a newborn or approaching their pre-school years there are ways to incorporate fun language development activities into your next trip. Documenting their experiences through experience books is a great way to reflect back on all the trips you’ve taken.
Making an Experience Book
Blank board books of different sizes can be purchased through www.barebooks.com. However you can create an experience book using regular paper or even a soft picture album.
Preparing for Travel
Chances are if you are traveling for the holidays, your child will see many new faces. In order to prepare your child to see new friends and family members put together an experience book of pictures of the people that they will see. If your child is attentive, take time to talk about similarities and differences using a mirror to look at themselves while referencing the pictures
First, Next, Last…
Helping your child organize memories by distinguishing what happened first, next, and last will support their ability to more effectively communicate their ideas or retell stories as they get older. Knowing that there is a predictive and ordered series of events is also reassuring to young children who are cautious of new experiences. Put together an experience book with pictures from your trip and talk about the order of events. “FIRST we packed our suitcases, NEXT we got on the airplane, LAST we got to Grandma and Grandpa’s house!
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