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A vacation activity

Posted on: Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

The second week of August and summer is coming to a rapid end. The end of August is the time when many families choose to take vacation or, to just totally relax, after organized summer activities have ended and before school begins.  But, how about just a little creative thinking for the kids to help prevent that dreaded summer brain drain?

Try this for a family fun activity:  tell everyone to imagine a dream vacation.  You can choose a place that you normally go to or a totally new one; across town or across the country.  Then ask everyone to come up with a list of five things that they absolutely must have to go on vacation.  Now comes the fun part.  After everyone shares their lists with one another, ask them to compose a new list BUT this time everyone has to pretend that it’s 150 years ago.  The year is 1861.  Remind the kids that there were no electric outlets to plug in any electronic “stuff.”  Television and radio do not exist, ice is a luxury and even books are rare.

Depending on the age of the kids participating in this activity, you may want to suggest having the older ones do a little research online and the younger kids may want to look through some books at home or at the library.

As always, we would love to hear what your kids came up with.  Thankfully, its 2011 so you can email us your kid’s lists and we’ll publish their ideas in a future blog.

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