This post is for all the parents out there with a little one who loves doing everything other than walking around taking pictures and being a tourist. The most common things we get coming our way are I’m tired and I’m bored, which is quite ironic as any other time, like watching your favourite TV show, they are never tired.
First things first we put our heads together and got into the mindset of a 5-year-old, (it was quite crazy in there) and came up with a plan of how to make it more fun.
So here are our top 5 tips, we hope at least one if not all work.
As we all know with kids, they love to actively play and use their imagination. So when we fit in a park or activity where he can run wild a 5-year-old then becomes very happy.
2. A map/goals chart
5-year-olds are very curious about the world and want adults to give them that little bit of responsibility. So every trip we go on, he is in charge of directions. How we do this is by printing out maps at home or as a bonus finding kid-friendly maps when we are at our destination. The benefits are his mind is focused and engaged and feels more like a treasure hunt than looking at just some old building and son the la Segrada is not just some tall church, it’s a masterpiece. Also alongside the map, we give him a goals chart he can tick off all the places he’s visited, he likes checking off and then we offer a reward if he can tick them all off which he loves.
3. Food stops
Well, we all know when a 5-year-old is hungry, you will know about it. To be honest, unless your super disciplined most adults get a bit grouchy if they don’t eat. Now not being prepared with food and then there’s no food place insight is an outright nightmare when your child is hungry. So as well as having a big breakfast we always take a packed lunch for him with us just in case and as we are walking a lot, we make sure he’s eating healthy long-lasting energy foods like fruits, nuts and even hummus. So definitely be prepared with either pack lunches or know what restaurants you’re heading to.
4. Make them the family photographer
Now of course when your on your travel’s, taking a lot of pictures is a must to keep all those memories intact as well as having plenty of Instagram pictures to post. So we take the pictures of our children and architecture but give the responsibility to a 5-year-old of taking pictures of us. If you’re worried about your 5 years old dropping your phone or losing it in the Mediterranean sea, we recommend giving them an old phone or camera which negates all the worry. The benefits are they are now mastering photography skills but you now have one for free and he loves taking pictures of his Mom and Dad even though he loves to keep clicking the button so you have a thousand of the same picture.
5. Make sure they bring their own toys
What kid out there doesn’t love toys? I can’t think of any who don’t so definitely bring toys, books or educational work along as if you’re on a plane, train or just waiting around it definitely keep them happy and focused. Plus travelling can make some people homesick but if they have something familiar, it helps them a lot.
So a lot of trial and error along the way but now we have a plan action of not only making us as parents have an enjoyable experience but also giving our 5-year-old his own experience that he can enjoy which is the most important thing.
Hope these top tips help you.
If you have any additional tips that you have learned please leave it in the comments below.