Make writing a regular part of your kids’ routine with a travel diary. Diary-keeping improves kids’ handwriting and language skills and gives them the chance to put their feelings, thoughts and experiences onto paper. Not only is it a great mindfulness exercise –– it makes for a fun keepsake to read years later!
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Queen Victoria was a keen diarist. She wrote 43,000 pages during her lifetime!
About the activity
Set aside a ten-minute slot for kids to write in their diary each day of your trip. Encourage them to think about their diary style –– some people’s diaries are simply a list of what they did that day whereas others are more detailed, including emotions, thoughts and musings. You could agree on three things it should always include, like their favourite food, sight and activity.
Kids can collect travel souvenirs and stick them in the pages of their diary to help them remember the trip. Try things like postcards, food and drink wrappers, stamps and travel tickets or receipts.