How to get your kids excited about their next vacation while getting them prepared.
For some, the anticipation of a vacation may actually bring you more happiness than the vacation itself. This can ring especially true for kids. To help them prepare and channel their excitement, try this 14-day Countdown Calendar. You can include small gifts to give them clues.
Use the Post-it® Big Pad to make yourself a countdown calendar two weeks before your journey.
Day 14: All aboard! We’re going on a trip!
Day 13: You might need these. (sunglasses for each of the kids.)
Day 12: We’re going up in one of these! (a pair of airline wings or toy airplane.)
Day 11: Don’t forget to pack your toothbrush. (fun kids toothbrushes.)
Day 10: Read all about it. (kids books on travel, adventure, coloring books.)
Day 9: Hint: It’s tropical. (serve smoothies with little umbrellas.)
Day 8: Don’t miss the boat! (each kid gets a bathtub toy boat.)
Day 7: Watch out for falling coconuts! (Show them how to crack open a coconut and get the juice out.)
Day 6: It’s magical. (teach them a card trick.)
Day 5: You might need one of these. (a map of the world with a Post-it® Flag on Florida (where the ship departs) and other ports of call.)
Day 4: There’s going to be a talent show! (wigs and funny hats.)
Day 3: Start packing. (a backpack or any travel accessory along with snacks and games for the plane.)
Day 2: Put a bowl of bananas on the table next to your mp3 player or phone with a Post-it® Note that says Press Play. (“Day-O! The Banana Boat Song” plays and everyone dances around.)
Day 1: "Yeh, mon. We’re going on a Caribbean cruise!" (Make a full Caribbean breakfast with plantains, rice and black beans, melons, eggs and virgin banana daiquiris.)