Kids love to brag about the places they’ve been; whether it be to Grandma’s house or to Disneyland. Keeping track of all the places they’ve journeyed to can be equally as fun! With this craft, kids can pretend they’re off on an exotic journey with their very own passport suitcase. With a small box and twine, let them create a mini-suitcase, complete with pictures of all their fabulous destinations. Here's how:
Find a small box that is thin and long; a cereal box is perfect.
If the box has writing on it, cut out construction paper or a paper bag and glue it over the box so it looks clean and mark-free. Inside-out wrapping paper or butcher paper would work well for this, too.
After the box is covered, poke two holes on the long end of the box about 5 inches apart. Mom or Dad may need to help with this! Take a piece of twine and thread it through the hole and push it through until you can pull it out the other hole. Then tie the two ends together. Turn the loop so the knot is no longer visible, but hidden inside the box. Now you have your handle.
Go through the magazines in your house and look for pictures of places you’ve been. If you haven’t been to many places yet, simply cut out pictures of places you’d like to go! Even better, if you have pictures from some of your travels, bring them out, too.
Then, glue the cut outs and pictures all over your suitcase. If they can’t find some places in a magazine, encourage the kids to use markers to draw them. Use this opportunity to talk about the various places in the world and even find them on a map! Your little ones may not believe how far they’ve traveled or how many places they would like to go!
Lisa M. Cope is a freelance writer who focuses on parenting and child development issues, among many others. She is the mother of two boys, ages five and two.