Traveling offers kids a unique opportunity to learn about the world around them.
Perhaps you are planning a trip to another state to celebrate the holidays with family members. Or maybe you will be traveling to a city or nation park for a family vacation. Regardless of where your travels take you, the trip will not only create special family memories, but it should also offer a few educational moments along the way.
Any type of travel is sure to include numerous opportunities for your kids to study the topics that make of the field of Geography. But don’t worry, documenting lessons learned during you child’s trip does not have to be dull and boring!
We have created a fun and easy way to capture learning and memories with this DIY Travel Journal for Kids.
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Geography Lessons While Traveling
What is geography and why would kids study it while traveling?
As we have learned in our North Star Geography lessons, geography is the study of the earth, its structure, and its inhabitants. It is actually a VERY broad subject that informs just about everything we do every day.
Geography is typically divided into three main topics:
- Geography skills include map reading, and using tools like GPS, atlases, and navigation.
- Physical geography is very similar to earth science and includes studies of the land, oceans, and atmosphere.
- Human geography looks at mankind and how we relate to our location and environment. This includes things like culture, transportation, agriculture, and government.
As your family travels and explores a new area you will most likely look at a map to help find your way to a historic landmark or to your hotel. You might decide to take a hike near a lake or through the mountains. Chances are you may even eat foods that are unique to the area.
All of these activities are included in the study of geography!!
DIY Travel Journal for Kids
When your children travel to a new area they can capture memories of your family’s time together and also create a record of they things they see and experience.
Our quick and easy DIY Travel Journal for Kids includes pages to print at home before your trip begins. During the trip kids will record information about they places they visit, distances they travel, maps and postcards they collect, foods they eat, and more.
The journal pages are attached to a book loop/key chain so it is easy to carry along during the trip.
Once you return home be sure to print and add photos with notes to complete the journal.
Download and print the free DIY Travel Journal for Kids instructions and page templates here.
Looking for a way to make the travels to and from your destination even more fun?
Be sure to check out more of our favorite travel activities for kids.
Travel Scavenger Hunt For Kids Card Game – 54 scavenger hunt cards for 2 or more players ages 7 and up. Your car trips will be more with as you search for the objects on the cards by looking out the window at the scenery around you. The game some in a study tin box that is great for car travel.
National Geographic Kids Ultimate U.S. Road Trip Atlas – Keep the kids learning on car trips and plane rides with maps, fun facts, games, photos, and more. Engaging information will help the travel time fly by for kids 8 and up.
Mad Libs on the Road – The wackiest way to travel! This funny word game helps kids brush up on their language arts lessons while making up funny songs, describing historical sights, and more. This creative game is always one of our family’s favorites!! Mad Libs always provide a LOT of laughs for everyone ages 8 and up.
The Everything Kids’ Travel Activity Book: Games to Play, Songs to Sing, Fun Stuff to Do – Guaranteed to Keep You Busy the Whole Ride! – We enjoy using books from “The Everything Kids’” series because they always provide fun and education activities for kids. This guide offers everything from helping kids prepare for your trip, to journal entry ideas, fun facts, jokes, puzzles and more. Great for kids ages 7 and up.