A lot of us end up pulling their kids out of school to travel. Some teachers provide content for the kids to study and work on while they’re away while others don’t worry too much if the kids are younger. Fellow bloggers Amy Mascott and Allison McDonald, authors of Raising a Rock-Star Reader have provided us with some awesome tips to keep kids learning on the go.
My favorite is the I-Spy a Rhyme game: Challenge your child to find objects on the plane that rhyme with your word of choice.
More tips from Amy and Allison’s book include:
· Activities for holiday travel: Families traveling over Thanksgiving or December holiday breaks can transform travel games into learning opportunities:
o I spy the letter: Challenge children to a letter hunt while on the go – at the grocery store, spotting street signs while riding in the car, or reading the menu at a restaurant.
o Tell popcorn stories: Share little stories using whatever pops into the storyteller’s head. Start the story off with, “Once upon a time, there was a…” and see where it goes.
· Fun reading games during holiday vacation : Families who are stuck indoors on cold winter days can try fun reading-ready activities, including:
o Rhyming “Go Fish”: Play this picture card game to grow children’s vocabulary skills. Parents can create their own cards or download “Go Fish” cards from teachmama.com or notimeforflashcards.com.
o Write on the walls: Tape paper to the walls, use window markers, or paint the walls with special blackboard paint to create a space for kids to work on fine motor, letter formation, and writing skills. Let kids scribble or paint freely, write giant letters and have fun.