Kilimanjaro Safaris; Animal Kingdom; AA
  • On Mar 31, 2008
    Nita from GA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    We will be in WDW for 2 weeks in July with our 5-year-old grandson. I would like to include the 3 R's in our trip without it seeming like work! I want to make a "journal" with activities to complete as we visit the different parks. Ideas?

    Great idea Nita!  I'm sure your grandson will thank you when he grows up to be a brain surgeon or something equally impressive.  Here are some ideas:

    -In the Animal Kingdom section include facts about the creatures he might see.  Include only "cool" stuff that boys can get into.  Coloring pages should be easy to find online and may help pass the time while waiting in line.

    -For Epcot's Future World stick with Space and Sea related stuff.  Be sure to visit Innoventions; they have lots of hands on learning opportunities.  

    -Send him on a scavenger hunt in Epcot's World Showcase.  Write down questions relating to a "Day in the Life of a ____ Child" (fill in the blank with German, or Japanese etc. to represent each country).  Have him talk with native Cast Members to learn about typical foods, toys, and games children from around the world enjoy.

    -Include an overview of your schedule and be sure he wears a watch.  When you know a reservation time is approaching have him check the time and the schedule.  See if he can tell you where you should be heading.

    -Include "Would You Rather" questions.  Would you rather eat roadkill or cactus?  Would you rather lose your sense of taste or touch?  My kids tend to think that the grosser the question the better, but you can regulate just how yucky you'll let things get.  You can also adjust the way you "write" these questions based on his reading ability.  For an emerging reader a small picture under the word will give a helpful clue.

    When we created similar journals for our girls we printed them on 4x6 index cards and then took them to a local office supply store to be bound and covered.  They were the perfect size for the girls to carry in their fanny packs.  The girls loved them too!  I hope your "journal" is an equally big hit with your grandson!
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