August 20, 2017

Summer Travel: Keeping Kids Entertained (and Learning)

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I’m big into the summer reading programs. Not only does our local library have an official summer reading program, but Barnes & Noble, Borders and Half-Price Books all let your kids earn books for reading a certain number of books or minutes during the summer.

So how does this relate to family travel, beyond the fact that your kids can take their books with them on summer vacations? Well, last week JetBlue and PBS Kids teamed up to launch Soar with Reading, a joint project to help keep kids reading wherever they go this summer. I was already a huge fan of JetBlue, and PBS Kids too, but now I’m an even bigger fan if that’s even possible.

Just head to Soar with Reading to download a Free Activity Kit, which includes travel-related coloring pages, games and activities (i.e., fill in the blank postcard, weather on my vacation, etc.). You can also download activity pages associated with your kids’ favorite shows, like Martha Speaks and Word Girl, create a summer reading list and log your child’s reading minutes. This is such a great way to keep your child busy on plane and car trips. It’s also a great way to encourage reading during the summer.

When we travel, activity kits are a must. Usually I fill backpacks with coloring books, crayons, snacks and playing cards. No doubt I’ll also be putting the Soar with Reading activity kits in backpacks when we fly (on JetBlue, no less) to Florida later this summer.

Do you make activity kits for your kids when you travel? There are several travel kits sold online, like the My Busy Kit and the Backseat Survival Kit from Klutz, though you can also make some yourself just as easily. I found a post on how to make an Airplane Survival Kit and another on how to make Fun DIY Activity Kids for Kids. Both are great ways to keep kids entertained for hours.

Are you traveling with your kids this summer? More importantly, how are you planning to keep them entertained and learning (while maintaining your own sanity)?

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