Disclosure: I received a Dexter’s Spring Break goodie bag to help chronicle our “trip around the world” adventures.
Would you like to take your child on a trip around the world? It’s a “bucket list” event for most of us, but while they are small, it’s not very practical. Yet a trip around the world in the life of your child’s imagination is a surprisingly easy thing to do, and a great learning experience for all!
In celebration of the release of Night at the Museum 3, we decided to do a little “traveling” of our own. Thanks to Fox Home Entertainment Insiders, a new friend took up residence with us: Dexter the monkey, who is on the loose in the movie. Dexter has a serious case of wanderlust, and my daughter had to help him out by taking him on a fun adventure.
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Here are just a few things we did to help Dexter have the time of his life. These are fun ways you can help your child enjoy an imaginary trip around the world:
- Start by looking at a map of the world. Discuss geography and all the different places that your child and her toys might want to “visit.” Pinpoint favorite places on a globe.
- Create a passport: cut and fold a piece of dark blue construction paper into a booklet cover, and fill in white paper for the booklet cut and folded to the right size. Place stickers inside representing different countries to document the trip around the world.
- Make a travel log: This can be as simple as a spiral-bound notebook. Your child can use it to document his or her adventures in words and pictures, whether actual spring break travels or just pretend journeys.
- Visit your library and help your child select books about faraway places. Read them together.
- Visit a museum! These cultural treasure troves will spark your child’s imagination. In our case, Dexter got to travel to France and check out French artwork by the great master Toulouse Lautrec.
- Play dress up. Raid your closet or go to a thrift store and to help your child put together costumes representing foreign locals.
- Have a puppet show. Your child can make up stories about faraway places.
- Listen to world music and talk about customs of different countries as you do so.
- Eat in an exotic restaurant. Sampling foods from other cultures is one of the best way to learn about other ways of life.
- Help your child learn a few words of another language. A Google or Youtube search can bring up a examples of the language they would like to learn. They can even practice writing letters from a different alphabet, like Cyrillic or Japanese.
- Plan a movie night with a family friendly film that highlights world travel like Night at the Museum 3. Prepare snacks representing world cuisines and fun decorations with a global flair.
Check out these fun Night at the Museum 3 activity sheets to help your child enjoy his or her imaginary trip around the world!