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With the Summer holidays around the corner, it was about time that I share some tips about travelling with children.
When my daughter was little, we used to travel between Ireland and Belgium every 3 months. Then between London to Belgium. We had to take the plane or the Euro star so often!
At the time, we didn't have an Ipad or a smartphone. Therefore, I had to be creative to keep her entertained and to make our travelling journey as smooth as possible!
Here are my tips to travel with children Montessori style!
Depending on your child's age, encourage them to pack their luggage with you. They could choose their outfits and some toys/books to take away.
My children had a Trunki suitcase. Not only it is a fun suitcase but they can also sit on it and you pull them over. We also had the Trunki carseat/backpack. It was very useful to use on a plane as a booster seat and as proper carseat abroad.
A fun backpack with their belongings will make them feel all grown up.
Prepare some "healthy" snacks that take ages to eat. We use to have raisins, carrots and bread sticks and many other small healthy snacks to nimble on for hours.
A lunch box with compartments, like a bento box, can be very useful.
I wish I had taken a few pictures at the time. I used to make some busy bags with some super easy DIY activities stored in ziplog bags.
Look around your house for toys or games that are small enough to be store in a freezer bags.
And pack lots of stickers, small notepads and some crayons.
The following toys and activities are perfect when you travel as non-messy!
Smaller than the original Aquadoodle, it's perfect to use in the car or on plane/train journey. We had the exact same for my daughter.
There are many brands to choose from. These are basically "magic" books as your child reveals the picture by painting with a paintbrush dipped in water.
There is collection of books called "My first book of magnet" and we had one of them. It provided hours of entertainment! When you arrive at your destination, try to find something magnetic in your room (or location) to extend the use during your vacation. We also tried everything around us in the plane to test if something was magnetic.
If you are traveling to a new country or to the seaside/mountain for the first place, then read some books about it in the days prior to travelling.
If your child is about to take a plane, boat or train for the first time, explore with books what it might look like.
Some great books:
If you need tips to keep your child away from the screen while traveling, try one of those ideas. They might require you to be engaged.
I hope those tips are useful for you! If you want to share some more, leave a comment!
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Carine Robin has a Master’s Degree in Psychology, specialising in child psychology. She worked for various social services in her home country of Belgium, before moving to Ireland in 2006. It was there that she started working in a nursery and discovered Montessori education. After having her first child, her passion for the philosophy grew and she qualified as a Montessori teacher and managed a preschool. Carine has been running a Montessori based parents and toddler group and coaching families for 9 years. She now also runs an online group for over 14000 parents, sharing her knowledge and passion with people from around the world. In 2018, Carine realised families needed more support and launched her popular online parenting courses and monthly subscription boxes, full of personally designed Montessori materials.
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