Travel is often part of the holiday season, and an activity kit can help the hours on the road or in the air pass more quickly. Art supplies and puzzles also help children learn, supporting cognitive development along with creativity and imagination.
Here are just a few ideas to help you get started:
Select the Container
There are a few considerations when choosing a container. Is it easy enough to open? Is it a good size for traveling? For air travel, kits with a latch can help prevent unexpected spills. For car travel, a shoe box or small plastic storage bin may work well.
Personalize the Kit
Decorating the kit can be another fun activity to help prepare for travel. Once a container is chosen, the child can help decorate it with markers, stickers and other art supplies. As a take-home activity, parents can share traditions or talk to their child about when they’ll use this kit. For example, “It takes two hours to drive to Grandma’s house to celebrate the holiday. When we’re in the car, you can color with the markers and coloring books.”
Choose the Activities
Once the container is decorated, it’s time to fill it with activities. All items should travel well and be simple to use. Some activity ideas include:
- Small coloring books or booklets of blank paper
- Crayons or markers
- Simple puzzles
- Flashcard games
- Mini dry erase board and markers
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