Pinterest in Real Life - Travel Journal

Pinterest in Real Life -  Pinterest projects don’t always go as planned.  Often the end result doesn’t look like the perfect pictures you see, but it’s not about how it looks.  The important thing is that you’re exposing your kids to new shared experiences.  It doesn’t have to be Pinterest perfect to be fun or playful.  

My family and I just came back from an awesome vacation in Toronto, Canada.  When we were planning this adventure, I wanted to make sure we documented our experiences.  Our children are young and I wanted something that they could look back through and remember what we did.  I found this DIY Kids Summer Journal from Polka Dot Chair and decided to try it out.

Since my children are little, I decided that I would write in the journal, and we could put it all together as our project. I bought the notebook before we left on our trip, and I told the kids I’d be writing down what we did while we were in Toronto.  

The first couple of days we were there, I was asking them about their memories of the day, but later on, I just started writing down what we did.  I actually kept up with it most of the time we were there, so when we got home, I only had to add in a few more entries.  

My daughter was interested in what was going on with the journal. Sometimes she would ask if I wrote an event down in the journal, or if we got a ticket, she’d make sure we saved it to put into the journal.  The kids and I occasionally glued in ticket stubs or other mementos. For the most part we’d put them in the back of the book to add in later.  

When we got home, I printed tons of pictures.  My daughter helped me divide the pictures into piles.  We organized them by the places we visited. Then we also spread out the other mementos we had to add into the journal entries.  

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We used a map of downtown Toronto to make the cover of the book, and we put a gold star to indicate where we stayed.  My daughter really enjoyed picking which pictures went with which journal entry and taping them in.

We ended up with a few pages in our journal with no pictures, so my daughter is going to draw some in. My son wanted nothing to do with the project and decided to play with other toys instead.

I love that we have a journal of our trip there. We had a blast and we can go to this book and think and talk about the fun times we had when we were there.   

Have you ever done a journal for a trip?  How did it go?