August 2, 2010
Messy Monday # 23 – Travel and Suitcases
This week’s Messy Monday theme is Travel and Suitcases. We’re doing the usual activities: library books, writing out sight words, and immersing ourselves in all things travel. Keeping it simple, we’re making passports and mini suitcases and taking little mini imaginary trips to places my preschooler wants to see. I asked her where she wanted to go first, she said China. So we looked at books about China and did a Google image search on the computer about China. Then we stamped our passport and went to our next destination, New York.
For the passports, I just folded some plain white paper and put a blue cover on it. The first page is the identification page and each page after that is for stamping destinations. We are using miscellaneous crafting stamps that I already have to stamp at the “airport” and “customs”,
Here’s how we assembled our passports:
folded construction paper over white paper
made a fill in the blank passport sheet for the kids to fill in
and a pseudo-cover for the passports
Here’s how we are making simple suitcases for all our travels:
fold a piece of construction paper in half
cut out two handles and glue them on the inside of the suitcase
cut out simple shapes
“trace” with fancy scissors to make travel stamps
glue travel stamps on the suitcase
My preschooler will be writing the names of the places we’re going to this week on the stamps and collecting souvenirs (printed pictures from the Internet) from different places that we’ve traveled to in her suitcase. A kid stay-cation. Not too messy, but fun and educational.
I’m linking this to some great parties.
Where are you going this week?
Cute ideas! I love both of these projects and the whole theme!
Mrs. Dan Says
That is such a clever idea!
I love this idea! I ran across your blog from The Girl Creative. A word of warning, you may spend the rest of your life paying for this activity. We have been to Epcot at Disney World many times and spent much time going from country to country to get the kids’ passports stamped.When we were homeschooling, I designed a unit based on the book Around the World in 80 Days and we studied each country as we came to it in the book and I stamped the passports. Now my daughter is a big girl (20–a junior in college) and she wants to get her real passport stamped by every country!! She has been to China 3 times and will be leaving in 3 weeks to spend the semester studying there.