Around the World in a Summer
The most memorable learning experiences usually take place when learning is enjoyable. Even if your kids are out of school for the summer, this doesn’t mean they have to be on a vacation from learning. Rather, summer vacation is the perfect time to make learning enjoyable. Your family budget probably does not include a trip around the world this summer, so here is a travel itinerary that will allow your family to travel the world. Enjoy these summer kids activities!
What You Will Need
- A map of the world (or a globe)
- Colored sticky flags (like those used to mark a spot on a document)
- A blindfold
- Access to the internet
Find the perfect wall in your home to hang up the world map. Make sure you hang it within arm’s reach of your children. (If you hang the map too high on the wall, you won’t be able to use it for the activity.) Also, make sure the area around the map is free from obstacles that could cause a child to stumble.
Designate one of the week days as “Around the World Day”. When the day arrives each week, pick one child to choose your destination for the day. This is accomplished by tying the blindfold around the child, handing them one of the stick on flags, and directing them to the map. You can have the child spin around a few times before heading to the map to add some excitement. When the child reaches the map, have them place the sticky flag on the map without feeling around on the surface of the map.
The sticky flags work great because you can leave them attached or simply remove them after you have chosen the destination without causing harm to your map. If you are using a globe instead of a map, you may want to have the child spin the globe while blindfolded. Notify the child when the globe stops spinning and then have them attach the sticky flag.
Remove the blindfold and show the child the selected destination. While you can study cities, states, countries, or even geographical places like a rainforest or river, you may want to set your destination type before you have your first Around the World Day. For example, you may want to keep it simple and say that you will study the country where the flag is placed.
Next, head to your computer, or use your tablet to research the selected country together. One way to keep things kid friendly is to type in search topics such as “fun facts for kids about Ecuador”.Here are some things you may want to study together about the selected country:
- What do people eat?
- What’s the weather like?
- What do adults do for work?
- What do kids do for fun?
- What do kids wear?
- Do the kids go to school?
- What animals live in the country?
- What language do people speak?
- Do the people use different money?
- Do the people live in houses?
- What sports do people play?
You may want to look up pictures to show your kids. For example, pictures of the people and animals that live in the country will help your children picture a different place. Pictures of famous landmarks, geographical wonders, and even looking at other maps can be a lot of fun too.
Once you have done some research, brainstorm with your kids some fun things you can do on your pretend trip to the country. Head to the market and purchase ingredients to try making a dish from the country. Have your kids pack a suitcase with the items you would need. Go on a pretend airplane ride together. Have your kids use their imagination to act out activities like going on a safari, visiting a castle, playing cricket, playing the bagpipes, etc.
Continue this activity once a week for the duration of the summer. By the end of the summer your children will most likely have visited a dozen countries around the world. This is one great summer long activity you can easily carry out at home that will make learning enjoyable for the entire family.
Whitney Hollingshead loves using her imagination. She also loves learning and sharing tips, tricks, and fun facts with others. She is an optimist, a dreamer, and a professional writer for Buy Dinar. In her spare time she thrives on coming up with fun and creative solutions for everyday opportunities, especially when the solutions enable her to spend more time with family and friends.