A. With the right planning, any summer trip can become a valuable learning experience. Children are naturally curious and love exploring new places, so there is no need to over-emphasize the educational aspect of a trip or your children may be less willing participants. There are a few easy steps that parents can take to turn their summer holidays into great takeaway moments for their children.
First, have your children be an active part of planning the trip. Review brochures and travel books or websites together. Allow them to pick a few museums and sites for the family to visit. If your children are actively involved in planning the trip, they are likely to be more excited to learn once they arrive. You may also want to purchase some child-friendly books about your destination for them to do research before you depart. Once on vacation, get out the map and have your children help direct you to your destinations. Children are fascinated by new coins and bills so you can give them a few dollars in local currency and have them make small purchases for the family. This will allow your children to test their math skills at the same time.
At museums and cultural destinations be sure to ask about family tours. These tours typically provide just the right balance of fun and education for youngsters. Lastly, explore the culture and customs by stopping at local markets and traditional restaurants. Have your children sample delicacies that you are comfortable with them trying whether it be gelato or sushi. Exposing your children to the differences in customs will open their eyes to new experiences and create memories that will last a lifetime.