Coming back from an exciting and adventure-filled vacation can be a hard adjustment for parents and kids. For parents, it’s mostly because of the laundry. For kids, it’s often because they have gone from constantly being entertained to having to entertain themselves. Here are some fun things you and your kids can do after you get back from vacation to avoid the post vacation blues.
1. Have an unpacking race. Whoever can put away (neatly!) all of their belongings from the trip first gets 1/2 hour extra T.V. time.
2. Make a vacation word search or cross word puzzle. Go to Discovery Education to create your own puzzles, customized with fun memories and information about your family’s vacation spot.
3. Make a scrapbook. Don’t throw out those tickets or tattered maps. Encourage your children to make a scrapbook of their memories from vacation. Ideas for pages include: favorite sights, funniest memory, biggest disaster, where we stayed, and how we got there. Have your children decorate each page. Save spaces for photos when they are developed.
4. Create a family picture frame. Did you go to the beach? The mountains? The desert? Use found or purchased items to create a vacation frame. Purchase a plain wooden frame from a craft store and affix decorations using a hot glue gun. Here’s one we made with shells collected from a beach on our Martha’s Vineyard bike ride.
5. Watch videos and slide shows. You may not have all those photos developed yet, but you can download them to your computer and have a movie night. Make some popcorn, dim the lights and enjoy the show starring, well, YOU! Inexpensive cables that connect your PC to your T.V. can be purchased at any big box store.
6. Make thank you notes. Chances are, if you went on vacation, someone needs to be thanked. Maybe you stayed with family. Maybe Dad worked extra hard so everyone could enjoy time away. Encourage your children to identify those people who deserve thanks for their fun vacation.
Do you have any fun ideas of your own to add?