Tips for traveling with children—
The byways are an excellent way to teach your children about their history and how people create communities.
Before you start—
· Answer questions like: how long you want to be out, what are the children interested in?
· Check out the online driving guide for ideas. Call ahead to make sure that sites will be opened.
· Have the children help pick the sites and activities that appeal to their interests. Develop a list of questions to find answers to on the trip.
· Learn something about the sites before you travel
· Plan what snacks & in-car games/activities to take along like our Children’s Discovery Guides.
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· Bring a good map and ask the child to help read it on the trip.
· Bring a camera, old crayons, pad of paper, and information (and questions) about the historic sites you will see. Take rubbings of textures, sketch, etc.
· For nature adventures, bring books that help identify flowers, birds, fossils, etc. Also bring old catalogs to press leaves and flowers.
After the trip—
· Have the children draw pictures of what they saw or create a story to tell about their day on the road.
· Make a scrapbook from your stories, photos, rubbings and pressed flowers.
· Share your stories and photos (linked) on the WCSB Facebook site!
Also see our Education page (linked) for additional resources to use with children along the byway.
Ready? Let’s Go!