Who says learning is boring? A family vacation is a great way to squeeze in some learning during the summer months. Any vacation destination gives you opportunities to learn with your kids. Here are some ways to inject learning into your next family trip.
Find Historical Landmarks
Almost any destination has at least a few historical landmarks that you can visit. Do a quick search for your destination or for cities along your route if you’re driving. Do a little research on the history of the location. Giving your child some background can get her excited to see the old places. Stop and read the signs and other information provided that covers the history of the area.
You’ll find museums in towns of all sizes. Even small rural communities often have museums dedicated to the area. History museums give your child a glimpse and relics from past times. But you’ll also find other museums, such as science museums or children’s museums. These spots are equally valuable when it comes to learning. Your child gets to play around while she learns.
It’s easy to punch in your destination on GPS, but you miss out on a valuable learning opportunity for your child. Pull out maps of the areas where you’re traveling. Help your child track your route on the maps. You can even use a marker to trace the route as you go to record the trip.
When you’re at your vacation destination, look for local maps of the city. Teach your child how to read the map and look for landmarks. Let her serve as the tour guide as you walk through the town. Or get a map of the museums and other places you visit. Let her guide you from exhibit to exhibit.
See something interesting on vacation? Do a little research when you get back to the hotel. For example, if your child sees an interesting building as you drive through the city, look it up to see what the building is used for. If you see a new animal while on a nature walk, see if you can figure out what it is. These types of activities teach your child to be curious and to look for learning opportunities everywhere she goes.