It’s no secret that we love to travel. I would go someplace new every week if I could. Every time I see a picture on Instagram or read a blog post about a new place, I start dreaming of going there. But how do you nurture that same sense of adventure in kids? I’ve got 5 great gift ideas that will not only teach kids about our great big wonderful world, but will also get them dreaming of visiting each one!
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Little Passports is an adorable subscription box service just for kids. Monthly packages arrive in the mail filled with toys and activities to inspire your child to learn about the world. There are 2 different travel boxes based on your child’s age. The Early Explorers box is designed for preschoolers ages 3 to 5 and the World Edition subscription is for kids ages 6 to 10. No matter which edition you choose, your 1st month comes complete with a little suitcase filled with a world map, a passport and stickers and activities. Then, every month, you’ll receive a box filled with new activities. Early Explorers will get a new world theme like oceans or music. World Edition subscriptions will explore a new country every month complete with souvenirs, activities and stamps for their passport. This really is one of the cutest subscription boxes I’ve ever seen! And, if you click this link, you’ll get $25 off your 1 year subscription!
Lonely Planet Let’s Explore
Lonely Planet has long been the authority for off the beaten path travel. But they also make some great activity books for kids called Let’s Explore! Each book has puzzles to complete, stickers to add, pages to color and loads of fascinating facts about some of the world’s most famous places. There are 5 different editions – Mountain, Ocean, City, Jungle and Safari. We just bought the Mountain book for Little A for Christmas. She was fascinated when I told her that the Matterhorn was a real mountain (haha, thanks Disneyland) so I thought this would be a great introduction to the world’s most famous mountains. Everest Base Camp here we come!! I also really love Lonely Planet’s Travel Journal.
Every good wanderer know’s about Atlas Obscura! But did you know that they recently came out with a kid’s book? It’s a beautiful hard-cover illustrated guide to 100 magical destinations, including the Waitomo Glowworm Caves of New Zealand and South Africa’s Boulders Penguin Colony. Little A LOVES this book. Each page is a new adventure! And at under $14, it makes an excellent gift.
A New Suitcase
No matter how great the book or activity kit, nothing gets a child more excited about travel than their very own suitcase. We recently bought Little A an new carry-on bag – the Skip-Hop Zoo Unicorn, but they have all their cute Zoo friends as well. She knows that when unicorn comes out, it’s time for an adventure. She will spend 2 or 3 days packing and re-packing to make sure she has just the right stuff haha. Recently she’s been asking if she could have her own suitcase as well. Right now, she just shares with me (her clothes are so tiny!) but I’ve seen some really cute ones for kids. This American Tourister is cute and the perfect size for her. This one is a little bigger so maybe when she’s older. I also like this for little boys. Functional, but still letting the kids be kids.
A New Camera
Finally, if you want to get your kids involved in all the places you visit, give them a camera! There’s nothing worst then going to a really beautiful place or a famous museum and having a completely bored child (trust me, I know!) A camera will absolutely change that. When you put them in charge of documenting their own adventures, their attitude changes instantly! We originally had this Vtech camera and it worked great for a 2 to 3 year old. But, we definitely needed an upgrade as Little A got older and genuinely wanted to take good pictures. So, we got her this Nikon Coolpix. Yes, it was a little expensive, but as far as a real camera goes, it’s the most kid-friendly one out there. It’s waterproof to 33 feet (can’t wait to get some underwater shots!!) and shock proof from 5.9 feet so I don’t have to worry about her dropping it, which is inevitable since she’s 5. We are REALLY happy with this camera and would highly recommend it!
So, those are my tricks for getting Little A excited about traveling and seeing the world! Are there any I missed? Send your good ideas my way!