This weekend I decided that the kids needed travel journals. And I’m the sorta person who gets an idea in her head and then has to jump on it immediately. This is one of my best/worst qualities. Once an idea weasels its way into my brain, I cannot let it go.
Etsy is one of my favorite resources and I headed there first, but I just couldn’t find what I was looking for. Lots of cute items, but I couldn’t find THE THING. The ideal journal in my mind is one that serves as a writing prompt, has room for drawings (for little ones who aren’t writing fluently yet) and fits the nature of the trip (i.e. doesn’t ask about amusement park rides when you’re not taking a trip to Disney).
And there are little pet peeves I have with kid products in general, such as having teensy weensy lines for the kids to write in and cheap spiral bound coils that immediately get crushed and make it hard to turn the pages.
So I decided to create something myself. Now I’m not a crafty McCrafter or a graphic designer. My skills are primitive, at best. However, I know my kids and I think I know the types of things they’ll want to remember and the types of questions I’d like them to think about.
Using some map/globe/travel-y photos from my computer, I tried to make it colorful and inviting. I brainstormed the questions I want my kids to answer and left plenty of space between lines for large kid handwriting. There are still more components I’d like to add later, including a way to house souvenirs and photos.
One draft later, I printed it out and hole punched the pages. I happened to have a cute 3-ring binder on hand and it worked perfectly. When I showed my daughter she said, from the very bottom of her dear heart, “I think I forgot to brush my teeth.”
Clearly, the sentiment was overwhelming.
But I’m not sweating it. I have a feeling she’d rather do this than practice workbook pages this summer. Plus, this little journal didn’t cost me a dime so I’m not really out anything if it doesn’t work out.
Any tips or tricks for helping kids record travel memories? Let me know!