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Do you want to show your children the world? I would love nothing better to travel the whole world with mine, expose them to different events, introduce them to tourism, immerse them in different cultures, and to expose their taste buds to various varieties of foods. However, our budget and what we want to do are always two different things.
That’s why we are I love finding ways we can expose our kids to different cultures without breaking the bank. Since September 27 is World Tourism Day, I thought it would be fun to think about different ways to introduce world travel to our kids.
Travel is such a great way to expose our kids to different cultures, it helps out the local economy of the travel destination, and it builds fantastic memories. However, it is hard to do that when travel just isn’t in the cards aka budget.
We found some great resources that will not only broaden your kids imagination, they will also help them prepare them for your next trip or ways to celebrate World Tourism Day!
Ways to pass time while traveling!
Believe me I know all too well what’s it like traveling with kids! The trip always starts out with excitement then about a couple of hours into the car ride you hear, “Are we there yet”?, “I’m bored”, I know you’ve heard those statements more than once! Maybe more like a million times! One of the things I’ve learned to do with mine is to pick up a couple of gifts that they can open throughout the trip. What I look for when choosing gifts that are portable and can be played with over and over again. One gift that would work great is Backpack World Rummy! It comes in a tin box that is portable while traveling and it’s a great way to introduce the kids to a classic game!
Before the trip, introduce them to multicultural foods!
If you have a multicultural grocery store near you, make a date to go for a visit and walk around. For the little ones who may not have acquired their taste buds yet, how about picking up a New Sprouts® Multicultural Food Set by Learning Resources. They can “prepare” meals from several different regions for you.
Consider planning routes off of the interstate and taking side roads so you can check out the landmarks!
Granted for us as parents the interstate definitely moves faster and it’s definitely easier to find bathrooms when you hear, “I gotta go to the bathroom” because someone decided to chug their juice instead sipping on it like you told them to do. But when we run the interstate, we really do miss a lot of great memories and photo ops! You could make a game out of the landmark search or if you aren’t going on vacation, you could play the hIve Q Monumental Landmarks game!
Get your kids involved in planning the trip!
One thing we started several years ago was having our oldest help us plan our vacation. We talked about where we were going, what we wanted to do, and showed her on the map where we were going. Since younger kids can’t really read the travel guides or the net, a great way to get involved is by using a World Foam Map Puzzle! For older kids, a great puzzle to check out that will introduce the monuments, animals and be a great way to bond with your kids is by putting together a jigsaw puzzle! The Mapedia USA puzzle is another option for a jigsaw puzzle for the family to put together!
Make learning about other countries and cultures fun!
When you think of a Panda, what country do you think of? We incorporate learning about countries and animals so when our kids see a certain animal, like a koala, they know where the animal is native of. A great way to help your kids learn about other kids plus the animals that are from their country is by playing with the Children of the World Wooden Puzzle.
You can even get your babies interested in travel!
You don’t have to wait until your little one is older to get them involved in vacations or learning about the world! You can start them when they are babies! Babies learn from play so a great way to get them involved, especially if you are flying anywhere is to give them a Pilot Play Set! The plush doll and motion activated airplane rattle is a great choice! What’s even better is that the play set does have an off-on switch for silent play! Because sometimes silence is golden…well unless they are old enough to get into trouble!
Another great way to get the littles involved in travel is in the bath tub! On The Move Squirtees are bath time toys that are both educational and fun!