Family holidays are a great way to have fun and relax with your kids, but they also provide you with an excellent opportunity to teach your kids more about the world around them, different cultures, languages, and so on.
If you would like your kids to learn more about the world around them when you go off on exciting trips together, here are a few things you can do:
Visit museums and art galleries
It’s an obvious one, but the more you expose your kids to museums and art galleries in the places you travel to, the more they will learn about history and culture. Invest in one of these personalised notebooks for each child and have them make notes or draw pictures of the things they see and not only will they take more information in, but it will be a nice little memento of their trip and everything they saw and did.
Check out a map
Before you head off on holiday or before you leave your hotel to go exploring, pull out a map of the location and let the kids pinpoint where they are now and where they are travelling to, This will improve their knowledge of geography and give their spatial awareness a boost, while also getting them more and more excited for the trip they are about to take.
Explore the natural landscape
Wherever you are travelling, it is likely that there will be beaches or woods or gardens you can explore, and doing so is a good way to get kids mote in touch with nature. They’ll love exploring the tidal pools. Looking for crabs and shells, or spotting squirrels and koalas up in the trees, or even just learning more about the different plants and animals that can be found in different parts of the world, and best of all you’ll all get plenty of fresh air and exercise too.
Visit local cafes
Visiting local cafes and restaurants that sell cuisine that is authentic to the place you are visiting is a great way to teach your kids more about the culture of the place they are visiting, and open them up to trying new flavours that they might not have experienced before. Seeing how other people eat and enjoy each other’s company in different parts of the world can be eye-opening in the best possible way.
Teach them some local words
You can buy flashcards that will teach even young children how to say some basic words in pretty much any language you can think of. Doing this before you head off on holiday can be a fun way to get them excited about the holiday while also teaching them something practical. They’ll love saying please and thank you or asking for an ice cream in another language, just you wait and see!
As you can see, there are lots of things that you can do to help your kids learn more on family trips, and doing so will help them to become smarter, well-rounded people as they get older.