Since holidays don't last forever, here are some ways to capture all your memories. Great! Another family activity!
Some basic items
To preserve traces that you will enjoy finding in a few years, you need a few basic items.
- Buy a notebook for each child. Thus, they will write down their observations, their vacation secrets and their personal impressions. Why not keep one for yourself? When was the last time you picked up the pencil to keep a diary?
- Have a large envelope to collect all the pamphlets and information sheets found. Keep everything from ID wristbands to ride tickets to road maps. You will do the sorting at home. Create an album to fill in on the computer and fill it religiously all summer long: date, time of sunrise, temperature, activities of the day, visits, routes, observations, etc. It is a beautiful tradition to fill in your journal every night before going to bed! For the youngest, plan spaces for
- drawings .
Beyond Picturestraditional and travel souvenirs that we bring back, what are the ideas to explore to do something different?
- Have a smart phone, tablet or video camera? Perfect! Let the children make real journalists out of them. Bring your device to your child's sports practice range and have your eldest interview the players! At the zoo, why not ask the vet a few questions and capture it all on video! Going to the beach for two weeks? Every evening, do a family report: one minute each to summarize the activities and anecdotes of the day! Without censorship and everyone plays along!
- A special trip to the museum? To be sure that the children take a liking to it, buy them a disposable camera! Thus, you will kill two birds with one stone: they will be attentive during the visit and they will have a very personal memory. Compare the photos of each, you will find out what each prefers… Interesting!
- Open a Facebook page or an Instagram account reserved for your vacation: you will have a place to display your photos and videos in real time to share them with your loved ones, without overloading your personal accounts and avoiding showing more photos personal to simple relationships.
When you get home, you'll have some work to do, but the kids need to be involved too!
- Learn about scrapbooking to create a unique scrapbookbringing together your most beautiful holiday memories. For a personal touch, fill the pages with photos, cutouts of travel brochures or tree leaves from the region visited. No limit… Let your imagination run wild!
- Brilliant idea to review your memories: mount placemats with your photos, leaflets, entrance tickets, etc. by making a collage on cardboard that you will laminate. The result is brilliant and so you can talk all year round about your next vacation because you will have a reminder in front of you at every meal!
- Have a family video night to watch what you've filmed over the days away from home! Don't forget the popcorn and promise yourself great laughs!
- Why not put on a little exhibition of your vacation memories? After visiting museums, why not create your own? The little ones will love creating this mini-museum of your journey! DIY bringing together your route (display a road map showing your route!), exhibition of finds brought back (both souvenirs bought and shells picked up on the beach) and give the floor to each of the travelers for a piece of the story! Grandparents will probably be your proudest spectators!
Some project ideas to print your memories!
- Big box stores as well as artist supply stores now have a large inventory of materials for thescrapbooking. Go for a family walk. You will leave with a head full of ideas!
- Flavourful memories? Why not! Buy local products or find a cookbook of regional speci alties to bring these wonderful flavors home! Have a good weekend, prepare a meal that will remind you of your stay!
- What's better than nature? Children take great pleasure in examining rocks, trees and flowers. Allow them to bring some back! Before leaving, bring a small empty jar (for example, a commercial mash jar) and put some local sand in it. Identify the location and put a label on the jar. Thus, you will start a collection of sand from the places where you have set foot!
No Vacation Away?
Just because you're staying home doesn't mean you can't travel! Organize a great expedition to a distant land. Choose a destination and discover it by browsing websites, books and reference works! Draw with the little ones some of the animals that are found there and make comparisons of lifestyles between here and elsewhere with your older children! And why not find a restaurant that serves exotic food? A nice way to break your routine and keep a good memory of these vacation at home… but just as much “elsewhere. »