I’m excited to announce a contribution from freelance writer and mother of two, Jenny Holt. She loves nothing more than getting away from it and taking her pet Labrador Bruce for long walks, something she can do a lot more now she’s left the corporate world behind. She has written a post for us today about the benefits of traveling with your children. I hope you enjoy her article!
We all know that traveling expands our minds and allows us to gain a new perspective on culture, and it’s no different for kids. By venturing to new places, kids can be excited to interact with art, history, architecture, music, and other educational aspects that they may not be exposed to in a traditional classroom setting. At school, kids may miss out on the benefits of family travel, like meeting new people that can share unique points of view.
It is essential for kids to learn how to learn. The learning techniques in schools revolve around the memorization of facts for the purposes of standardized testing and review. But in order to grow up and be a well-rounded individual with personal interests and goals, kids need to be able to engage with a variety of cultures, experiences, and learning techniques that can help them access all kinds of knowledge.
Life Lessons for Kids from Travel and Art
At the most basic level of development, traveling exposes kids to a variety of new sights, sounds, smells, and tastes. By being around new languages and faces, kids can come to understand that there are many different types of “normal.” This in turn will make them be more adaptable and flexible in their habits. Traveling will also instill a great love for adventure and inspire a child’s imagination to grow, as they will learn new games, words, and form new interests based on what they have seen.
Another great aspect of traveling is showing kids how to embrace and appreciate art. Many destinations oftentimes have museums or galleries dedicated to local art, which are great places to spend an afternoon with the kids. Art appreciation helps kids express ideas, encouraging them to make sense of visual images and to convey their own emotions through creativity.
The Perfect Gift for Kids: Travel Journal
One of the best ways to combine travel and art is to present your child with a journal that they can bring on vacations. Keeping a travel or art journal will remind kids to observe, reflect, and apply meaning to the things they are encountering while traveling. It is also a surefire way for kids to use their imaginations and let the creative juices flow. Sketching anything that is of interest or gluing ticket stubs or postcards into the journal will transform the journal into a memorable keepsake for years to come.
By sharing the gift of travel with kids, our little ones can learn the importance of embracing other cultures and appreciating their imaginations by relating to beautiful works of art.