I was browsing the site Mom's Minivan recently and read where as a child, she kept travel journals and still has them to this day. She shared one she had written as a nine year old.
I decided to try this idea out with my littles as well. The only one I think it will really click with is my oldest, but I'm hoping over the years, that they all get a kick out of it as well. Here are mine:
I used 3 file folders and the long copy paper, both of which we had on hand already. This is a very simple journal that you can create with your kids as well.
materials: long copy paper, file folder, sewing machine, scissors, envelope
Here's what I did:
Trim off the tab on the file folder.
Fold the copy paper in half. Align the crease in the paper with the crease in the folder.
Place in your sewing machine sew a running stitch down the crease. I used my longest stitch length and made sure to backstitch at both ends a couple times.
On the inside back cover, I used a gluestick and glued an envelope. This is to hold items that they collect along the trip and during the vacation.
This whole project cost me $0.
Don't have the materials in YOUR house? You could use a cereal box for the cover and construction paper for the inside. Don't have a sewing machine? Try brads, a stapler, or punch two holes and tie string through it. There are tons of possibilities just lying around your house!
For my 2 girls who can't read or write yet, I will help them write in their journals. They can dictate to me what they want (just a couple lines) and I will write it in. Then the girls can draw whatever they saw for that journal entry.
As always, I'll be sure to report and let you know how these things panned out!!
Just a few more days!