Part 3 Travel Journals and Adventure Journals
The main reason we make travel journals for kids is to ease their restlessness on long road trips.
It’s like a quiet book that you can color or journal in.
There are tons of FREE printables on Pinterest that you can download and print off for your travel journals.
I’m going to show you the journals I made for my grandkids last summer. These pages are in the FREE Library of Printables.
Print to cardstock for durability. Laminate the pages you want to be used repeatedly. Provide a little carry bag with dry erase markers and an eraser.
I downloaded pre-school papers from 3 Dinosaurs.com for the younger kids who aren’t reading yet. They are from Goldilocks and the Three Bears section. This website has tons of fun printables and a lot of them are free!
The Road Trip page is a summary-of-the-day sort of page.
Ciphers and word searches
I laminated some of the pages and gave the kids dry erase markers and erasers so they could use the pages over and over.
Then I used my Cinch to punch the holes and add the spiral binding.
You could add your pages to a three-ring binder.
It was a lot of work, but a huge learning experience. Of course, I learned most of my lessons after my grandkids’ journals were already printed, things I would’ve liked to have done differently. Oh well, that’s the best way to learn. I’m sure I will find even more things to improve upon next time.
Adventure Journals or Adventure Logs
The best part about adventure journals is that you don’t have to go anywhere to use them. You can use your imagination to determine the destination and sites you’ll see along the way.
First, you and your child decide on where or when you want to go. A few suggestions would be Outer Space, an African Safari, Jurassic Jungle, or maybe an event like signing the Declaration of Independence, the First Christmas, or life on Grandpa’s farm when he was a child. The possibilities are endless. Make a list because you may want to do this again and again.
Next, do some research together. Google your place or time, find out what you can. Take a trip to the Library. You can use books like The Magic Treehouse series.
Make or find a notebook for writing what happened to your child on a certain day with room for drawing things imagination sees or does. Set up prompts for your child as needed.
Make a cover that reflects your child’s journey.
Make a small travel kit with inexpensive binoculars, extra pencils, some little souvenir from your place or time, transport tickets, and the journal. Maybe add props like a hat or tools you might need for your trip. A small backpack is perfect for this journey. Don’t forget snacks if you’re going to be gone long.
Take the trip together! This is the best part. You can explore anything on the Internet. Copy pictures to put in the journal. Interview people who may have been there or use stories from your own family history.