Making learning fun and exciting is the best way to inspire kids and teach them to appreciate all the world has to offer, recommends Mayor. She has several easy tips for parents to “travel the world” from home with their families:
1. Incorporate travel into play time
Travel-themed toys and games are a great way to pique kids’ interests in different regions around the world. One example is the Barbie® Collector Dolls of the World collection. With dolls from Ireland, China, Argentina, Australia, India, Mexico, Chile and Holland, and correlating activities available at Barbie.com/dolls-of-the-world, girls can be easily transported to almost every part of the world. While girls are having fun and enjoying playtime, they are also learning about each distinct destination. These worldly dolls can be found at Target, Wal-Mart, Kmart and Toys R Us.
2. Host a monthly family “international dinner” night
Serve traditional dishes from other countries one night a month, selecting a new country each time. Have each member of the family read a note card to share a “fun fact” about the region and translate a word from the local language.
3. Tell stories
In Mayor’s own book Pink Boots and a Machete, she shares stories of her adventures, scientific discovery and world travel. By sharing photos and mementos of their own personal travel stories, parents can expose their children to the idea of new places and spur an interest in experiencing all the world has to offer.
4. Map it out
Mayor suggests displaying a wall map or globe in the main living area of the home so that kids are continually exposed to world geography and that travel is a continued topic of conversation. Parents can mark places the family has visited, as well as places they want to visit. This will help kids understand that there are never-ending opportunities to learn and explore new places.
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