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Travelling season is upon us and you’re sitting at a table planning your family vacation.
Planning the fun at your destination is easy! But sometimes the travel can take it out of all of you. Keeping everyone in sight, in control, entertained, and happy can be a lot of work, and no one wants to start a vacation with a cranky-pants!
So today, we are sharing four eco-friendly activities you can do with your children while travelling to your destination!
The health benefits of the outdoors are well known. The Canadian Pediatric Society states that unstructured outdoor play is critical to the health of children. It assists in preventing obesity by giving child ren the opportunity to run, jump, climb, swim, dance and more, all of which provide aerobic exercise and strength training. Studies also report that contact with nature can help reduce stress levels and positively impact conditions such as anxiety or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Outdoor play also encourages learning and problem-solving skills and promotes social development by learning how to work in groups. Choosing rest areas near parks or surrounded by nature provides you with the opportunity for your children to play, learn and grow in nature.
All you need to do is accompany your children for a walk and let them do their thing! They can let out some energy, absorb fresh air and sun, and be in better spirits for the rest of the journey.
The title says it all! But arts and crafts in a moving vehicle? Yes it’s possible!
You'll need a cookie baking pan, pipe cleaners, photos of animals, buttons and anything else you'd like to bring along. Show your child an animal picture and ask them to recreate the image with the pipe cleaners and supplies they have. They will use the baking pan to make the animals and hold the supplies.
As your child participates in this activitiy, they will use their creativity and imagination. They will also utilize their problem-solving and fine motor skills making this activity a great opportunity for their development.
It's important that children know how to reduce, reuse and recycle to help the environment. This little activity is great to help children become more aware of the items they can recycle AND stimulates their creativity in the process.
Make travelling into a game!
Tip 1: You can even get a little creative and laminate the cards so you can reuse them. By laminating them, you can use dry erase markers for the X’s.
Tip 2: You can also create a scavenger hunt with physical objects. Example: Instead of just crossing off the images they find on the paper, they can collect them to put them in their own bags until they have found everything they need!
These activities can be a great way to discuss the environment and to create learning opportunities for your children. Happy children means happy parents!