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An Annotated Map: Free, Fun, and Functional

Here’s a great keepsake for your kids! It’s free, fun, educational, and functional. Find a decent map of whatever city you happen to be visiting and give your son or daughter a highlighter and a pen. At each destination, highlight the route that you’ve just completed, mark and annotate where you are and what you see. Want to make a really cool map? You’ll have to be willing to walk a long way! Keep the maps from various cities as a reminder of where you traveled, what you saw, and what your kids enjoyed most.


Why not encourage your kids to collect something free?  Ashley has a sand collection from every river and beach we’ve visited. 

Bill’s parents have a rock collection and written on every rock is the location where it was found.  Collecting receipts, photos, pamphlets, maps, or even signatures are all possibilities.  Maps are cool because you can write on them – where did you go? How did you get there?  What did you see?  You can paste photos onto the maps and lots of things can be pasted, drawn, or written into the journal.