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As a child, I collected postcards. It didn’t matter if I’d traveled to the location shown, or if a friend or family member did and brought me a gift from their vacation. Location postcards depicted all the places I could go and opened my world to endless possibilities.
When I had children of my own, I hoped that my obsession would rub off on them. After all, postcards are an inexpensive souvenir. Other than the postcards I forced them to buy for their travel journals, postcards never became an object of their affection.
Rather than be pained to find one of the cherished items in the trash, I brainstormed and came up with another idea. I’d cut out cardstock, and the kids could draw scenes we saw while traveling and create DIY travel souvenirs. The new DIY vacation postcards seemed to be a win-win for everyone. It gave the kids something to do on travel days and provided a keepsake from the trip.
One way I occupy my kids on a road trip is with DIY road trip ideas at TravelingMom.com. One project I shared was easy DIY vacation postcards.
These postcards were easy for me to create and super easy for you. Just print the free DIY Vacation Postcards before your next trip, pack some crayons, Prismacolor Colored Pencils or Sharpies and ask your kids to illustrate your trip.
Encourage your child to write a few sentences on the back of their postcard about the destination and mail them home so they have mail waiting when the trip ends. Or they can mail their handmade postcards to family or friends. Just make sure to keep a few so when your kids are older, you can reflect back on that time and smile.
Is this an activity your child would enjoy? How would you use these easy DIY vacation postcards?