Taped travel journal

Nancy Blakey: This is a wonderful rainy day activity that can include family and friends. And, as described below, is great for family trips.

What you need:

  • Tape Player
  • Blank Cassette
  • Imagination

What you do:

Provide a tape player that your child can operate and a blank cassette. Brainstorm ideas with the children involved. Consider if you want to use a particular family favorite song, do interviews, conduct a play, create sound effects for a haunted house, or tell jokes and riddles. A simple interview of all the members of the household about likes, dislikes, interests, a typical day, etc., makes a marvelous record of a particular time in the life of the family. Remember to have the children give the date at the beginning or end of each tape.

Adult participation can make the children self-conscious, so after the brainstorming session resist the urge to watch the show in the making, and enjoy the fruits of their labor afterwards!

Travel Tip: A tape recording such is this is also an excellent way to provide a record of a family trip. Take the tape cassette in the car and encourage the children to keep a daily taped journal. Suggest they discuss distance travelled, places stayed and interesting sites seen. Encourage them to spot out unique observations such as differences in town personalities, store prices, unique landscapes, etc. Enjoy!

Source: The Mudpies Activity Book: Recipes For Invention Copyright © 1989 by Nancy Blakey. All rights reserved. This activity was reprinted with permission from Tricycle Press and may not be reproduced in any manner, including electronic, without prior written approval from the publisher.

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