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Re: Before the Welcome packages
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Well, the idea is to "sell" the children on the reunion before it even starts. Also, to make them know that it isn't just about a bunch of old relatives sitting around talking about the 'good ole days'. AND.....TO MAKE TRAVEL EASY FOR PARENTS!!!
The chidren's travel package should be mailed out 2 or 3 weeks before the reunion to all children ages 3-12 that are scheduled to attend. No more then a month away...outsight - outta mind, so you want this to be fresh in their minds. **They will be excited to have recieved mail** Children over 12 they will probably have a Gameboy to play with, or just want to watch a DVD in the car. (Even though a teenagers package would be cool too....hmmmmmmmm) *Also, bring a few extra for children at the reunion who's parents deceided at the last minute to attend. They can still make usage of it on the ride home.*
Anyway, most of the items can be free or darn near close to it. Paper items can be downloaded, printed out and bound in a booklet (created at any teacher store or Staples etc.) Or individual pages can be placed into a folder.
Your travel package could include items such as:
1."We are so glad your coming to the family reunion" letter ***Addressed to the child*** which should list activities that are planned specifically for the younger people. (Pajama party, trip to local amusement park, picnic, boat ride etc.)
2. A CD or Cassette with books on audio. Maybe include stories like Bugs Life, Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc., Harry Potter, or more family oriented stories like Aunt Flossie's Hats And Crab Cakes Later, Sounder or Chicka Chicka Boom Boom-with Ray Charles **All of these can be burned onto a CD, so the cost is minimal. If anyone needs a few stories to put onto CD just let me know and I will burn, ere, uh, umm, I mean share them **
3. The Happy Highway Kids Travel Kit (I forgot to mention, this kit also contains a travel-trip Journal) But if you dont include this, you can download and print a 12 page Dora the Explorer Travel Journal for www.nickjr.com
4. Hunting for your Heritage Comic book
5. A box of crayons...they are on sale this time of year (.25 at walmart this week)
6. A booklet with Car Travel Games. Games might include:
Similar to the Bingo game would be the Travel Scavenger Hunt:
License Plate Games:
1 pt - Yellow
Games that can be played without any materials include:
Hug Bug: If you see a Volkswagen "bug" you get to give one other person in the car a hug... or throw them a kiss. (Its a much nicer version of "Punch Car"
Name That Tune: One person hums a tune and the others try to guess what it is. Winner gets to hum the next tune.
Who am I: Tell bits and pieces about a person and children guess who you are talking about.
Additionally, there are tons of websites that cater to the theme of Children and Car Traveling Games: http://www.nickjr.com/travel/car_games/index.jhtml http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art33307.asp http://www.liveandlearn.com/cargame.html http://www.momsminivan.com/
All or some of these 'gifts' in addition to mom and dad having conversations and showing excitement about the reunion is bound to make any child look forward to attending.
***As a side note: I didn't do this with my nieces on our last trip, however for my next family reunion trip, September 2-4 in Atlanta, I will do this cute idea:
ps..... sorry this was such a long post Landra
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