Away We Go!

Traveling is something I enjoy in principle, though the logistics and finances of getting out the door can be tricky. It should be a fun theme for a program.

We’ll open with welcoming the participants and asking them if they’ve signed up for the Summer Reading Program, if they’ve been doing their reading, and if they’ve claimed their prizes if they’ve been reading. It is amazing how many kids come to programs, but haven’t signed up yet. I also like to remind kids when the next activity will be, since they are alternating weeks.

After making announcements, I want to plug a few books on the topic, to encourage kids to keep reading and learning. Travels with My Family, Safari Journal: The Adventures in Africa of Carey Monroe (Aspca Henry Bergh Children's Book Awards (Awards))

Following these book talks, we’ll send the toddlers and younger kids off for their own storytime. The older kids will stay and we’ll start our adventure!

We’re planning a trip around the world, and all the kids are invited. Taking Trains, Plains, and automobiles, we are going to see the world. While encouraging kids to think of their own adventures, I’m going to share some details of a world adventure I went on as an example.

First we have to decide where we’re going to go–what stops should we make, what we should see there, how long we should stay, and how we are going to get there. It is possible to circle the globe in many ways, stopping at lots of different countries, or just a few.

On my world wide trip, I stopped in Boston, USA; Milan, Italy; St. Petersburg, Russia; Moscow, Russia; Ekaterinburg; Russia, Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia; Beijing, China; and San Francisco, USA. When planning your trip, you need to know how long it will take to get from one stop to the next, as well as how long you want to stay in each place. For instance it is a 7 hour flight from Milan to St. Petersburg, traveling 1318 miles and a two day train ride from Moscow to Ekaterinburg covering 879 miles. You might get there faster by plane, but on the train you can see the countryside, meet people, and go to places where flights are not as easy to come by!

Photobucket View from the train.

After we’ve determined where to go, we need to make reservations at hotels, tickets for trains, planes, and ships. Should we stay at a fancy resort, a bed and breakfast, a hostel, or even with a local family.

Photobucket Staying in a ger in Mongolia.

Photobucket Inside the ger.

Next we’ve got to pack. What should we bring? Will we need swimsuits, parkas, hiking gear? How much should we bring? Can we carry everything we need?

Photobucket This is the actual bag all packed for my trip–we were gone for a month and I fit all I needed in it.

Once we’ve got the plan in place, we can head off on our adventures! Of course we’ll want to create a journal to remember our travels, so we can show people where we’ve been and what we’ve done.

After we go through our travel plans, we have a couple of activities and crafts to continue our plans. Children will put together travel plan books, where they can create their own itinerary, record places they want to see and things they want to do, create packing lists, and have pages to describe their adventures. Each of these things will be on a different station and will go along with an activity–

  •   A globe, maps, and travel books to create the itinerary.
  • Packing lists will be handed out as kids attempt to pack all they need in a suitcase in a suitcase relay.
  • National Geographics will be on hand for kids to cut out pictures of places they want to see and go. I’m also going to get some travel magazines from my mother to use. Kids can also draw pictures of where they want to go–books will be provided for inspiration.
  • Kids will learn useful phrases in foreign languages, and add this and pages to record their adventures.

All the pages will be three hole punched, and kids can tie them with yarn to make their own books. I’m hoping to borrow the scrapbook I made for my mom of the trip we took around the world. Then kids can get some ideas for their own crafts.

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