Thursday, March 13, 2014

Travel and Transportation Play Ideas + Books from The Kid's Co-Op

Transportation play and books about travel are always popular with Wild Thing (4) and Caterpillar (2.5) -- so popular that I've got an entire Pinterest board dedicated to Things That Go!

With Spring Break (or Fall Break) coming up, I thought it was the perfect time to highlight some fun transportation play ideas shared last week at the Weekly Kid's Co-Op as well as some great posts about books that will take you around the world. With these books, you can travel the world, even if you're staying at home.

Plus, I'm sharing my pick of the week from last week featuring my favorite idea for families traveling this Spring or Fall.

Pick of the Week: Pennies of Time's Acts of Kindness to do with Kids at the Airport with several fun (and simple) ideas to make the travel experience better for the entire family and other travelers. If you're driving and not flying as you travel, you could also spread kindness along the way by paying for coffee for someone behind you at a pit stop, having "nice notes" to give to gas station attendants or coming prepared to pick up trash at a rest area or park you see along the way -- leaving extra quarters at a rest stop vending machine with a note would be a fun idea too!

For more Acts of Kindness, check out my new Celebrating Acts of Kindness Week Pinboard. I love the idea of a Spring Break family challenge focused on spreading kindness all week long!

Whether you have a train lover, pirate/water-obsessed little one or an astronaut in the making, these easy transportation activities can all be made with items you probably already have on home -- which is my favorite way to create: Winegums and Watermelons shared Sail Boats Made From Pool Noodles, P is for Preschooler has a cardboard tube train and The Keeper of Cheerios shared a Coffee Can Rocket -- any of these three would be big hits with my boys.

We also love kites and consider them one of our favorite "things that go," so I wanted to share Triple T Mum's Simple Kite Making for Kids and Growing Book by Book's round up of Book about Kites.

I've got a few more book favorites to share. We often use books at our house to travel the world, so if you're staying put during your break, hit up the library and bring the world to you! KC Edventures has a great list of Books That Take Kids Around the World and World of Learning highlights Children's Books for Learning About Maps. Plus, I've got 100+ Books for Transportation Lovers.

Last, but not least I'm highlighting Where Is Coco Going? by Sloane Tanen, my Picture Book of the Day, and one of our favorite transportation related books. Coco practically takes every mode of transportation possible (planes, trains, cars, skateboards, camel riding, parachuting and more) on her amazing journey to a very special destination. The unique illustrations featuring pom-pom chicks and detailed miniature dioramas make this book stand out. It might even inspire some children to create their own diorama scenes -- another fun activity for those extra hours with kids at home.

Happy travels wherever you go -- in real life or with your imagination! 

1 comment:

  1. I just love the idea of focusing on spreading kindness while traveling. So often, traveling is a very me-focused activity. We will definitely be looking for that book! And I'm following your board now too! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday! Looking forward to seeing what you have to share this week!