If you are taking any sort of trip this summer, then you’re probably looking for a way to keep the kids occupied while traveling to and from, and during their downtime while there. If whatever activities you found also happened to prevent summer slide, then all the better!
We recently went on a camping trip and put together two homeschool travel kits, one for our SunnyGirl (age 2) and one for LittleMan (age 5).
Besides the file folder games and the alphabet ball, pretty much everything inside of the travel kit was purchased from Dollar Tree. All the file folder games we used were found as free printables online (links below).
Dollar Tree shopping list:
1 reusable shopping bag to hold everything in
1 binder to hold file folder games
1 pencil pouch
1 composition notebook
1 pack of colored pencils
1 6-pack of file folders
1 plastic basket
1 pack of popsicle sticks (to make popsicle stick puzzles)
1 metal cookie sheet
1 2-pack of clear containers with locking lids
1 magnifying glass
File folder games we used included:
Alphabet Upper/Lower Case Matching
Fish, Flowers, and Frogs
Phonics and Alphabet
In order to keep the extra pieces neat and tidy, we taped a ziploc baggie to the back of each file folder.
Also in the binder is the composition notebook and pencil pouch of colored pencils.
Because we were going camping and planned a lot of time outside, we brought the magnifying glass and clear lidded containers for collecting and observing items found in nature.
I shrunk some alphabet coloring pages down and used them to create popsicle stick puzzles. I used different color popsicle sticks for each puzzle so they could all be stored together without worrying about getting them mixed up.
This size sorting game was found in the free printables section at Montessori Print Shop.
If your child is just a bit older, be sure to check out our 1st Grade Homeschool Travel Kit for more ideas!