I’ve added 26 images to the the grocery list activity, including a much requested applesauce picture! There are now more than 250 pictures you can use to create a grocery list for your kids. Giving them their own list is a great way to keep them engaged at the grocery store. They may even be able to help you get the grocery shopping done!
Based on customer feedback, I’ve added 12 new images to the Packing List activity. Let your kids help pack their own bags for your next trip. You may be surprised how much they can do on their own!
There are now more than 120 images to choose from to make a packing list. Great for traveling, and also packing a bag for baseball practice, or hockey practice, or a ski day.
I’ve added 29 new images to the School Schedule activity, all based on customer feedback! You can use these pictures to create a schedule for your home school, or to help a special needs child know what to expect from their school day. This works very well for kids with Autism, Asperger’s, or ADHD.
There are now more than 70 clipart images to choose from to make your own school schedule You can see them all at The Trip Clip.
If you have other suggestions, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Week 52: Practice Handwriting With Traceable Thank You Notes
The holidays are over, and it’s time to write all those thank you notes! Involve your kids (even young ones!) by using this Letter Tracing Thank You Notes activity.
You can enter any text you want so your child can trace it, and they can even draw a picture for the gift giver. Your child will practice writing and get a good lesson in etiquette to boot!
Week 51: Learning To Navigate With Driving Directions
This activity was a surprise hit with my kids. Sometimes the amount of time my kids spend in the car just driving around town to do errands is over the top. I discovered that one way to make the number of places we had to stop more palatable was to give them driving directions and then let them direct the car. This also works great on longer road trips to help set milestones along the way.
There are a number of great things about doing this activity with my kids:
- It helped teach them the difference between right and left
- It gave them a sense of progress through our errands so it didn’t just feel never-ending to them.
- It kept them looking out the window and noticing the world around them.
- It taught them about the geography of our neighborhood so they could recognize frequent landmarks and routes.
- They learned about road signs and driving rules that were new to them.
- By using the compass images they started to internalize north/south/east/west.
Make It Harder
After using this for a while, we moved onto advanced mode which my kids LOVE. When we have spare time, and we are done with errands, I tell them they have to find our way home again without any help. This has never failed to result in hysterics from all of us. To do this right, though, you really need spare time – you have to be willing to let them get really lost! Agree ahead of time on the parameters for when you will correct them/re-direct them. And agree on what the default behavior should be if they don’t give you any instructions. We defaulted to going straight, because otherwise I was always tempted to ask at an intersection which way to go, which was a prompt to them that they should change direction.
The thing I didn’t expect to teach them was how hard it is to keep paying attention. Some of the worst mistakes were when they DID know the way, but they would getting chatting, or thinking about something else, and they would forget that they were supposed to keep giving me directions. Keeping their presence of mind to remember their responsibility the entire way home was surprisingly challenging for them. And it always brought about squeals of laughter when they realized they’d forgotten their job and we were headed in the wrong direction AGAIN!
They periodically ask for this game even now. My oldest is 13, and will be driving in the next few years, so I like to give him a chance to learn the streets and how to get around our town. When someone else is in charge it’s easy not to pay attention, but this game really helps him learn his way around.
Week 50: Learning Life Skills With a Bedtime Routine
A consistent bedtime routine can make a huge difference for a kid.
- It helps them get to bed on time and get enough sleep
- It’s a chance to connect with your child and nurture your relationship with them
- Repetition helps a child feel safe
- It helps them learn to settle themselves after a busy day
Your bedtime routine can include anything you want it to. The Trip Clip Bedtime Routine creator lets you easily create a bedtime routine that’s just right for your family. Post it someplace in your home to make it easier to stay consistent.
Week 49: A Travel Christmas Gift for YOU!
I love Christmas. Christmas decorations, Christmas trees, Christmas music, Christmas cookies, Christmas movies, Christmas puzzles, Christmas spirit. I drive my husband nuts.
Since I’m in the giving spirit, I have a Christmas present for all of my followers! I know many people will be traveling, so I’ve created a PDF filled with Christmas activities to keep your kids busy in the car, on an airplane, or even at grandma’s house.
Go ahead – click it, print it, use it for FREE!
Quickly Create Your Own
To create this PDF super fast, I used the Make an Activity Book feature on The Trip Clip website. You can quickly select which activities you want to include in your printed book and with a simple click, the website will generate an Activity Book based on your selections.
In keeping with the theme of 52 Weeks of Learning with The Trip Clip, here are links back to how each of these activities is educational:
Use It On the Go
To make these extra portable, try them with a clipboard and pen
Merry Christmas, safe travels, and I hope your family enjoys these free printables!