This exploration is for all ages, as the colored smilies show. You can make travel brochures about all sorts of places with your whole family together!
These printable travel brochures are part of a geography exploration that is featured in several of the Layers of Learning units. The first time you are introduced is in People & Planet: Maps & Globes, the very first geography unit , but they are also used in many other geography units. Layers of Learning has hands-on experiments, explorations, and fun printables in every unit of this family-friendly curriculum. Learn more about Layers of Learning.
Travel brochures are a great way for kids to record information about beautiful places around the world. With the internet, it’s really easy to find travel information, but it’s still more fun to search it out in a library book, and it’s even more fun still to go find a travel agency. They have lots of free full-color brochures and cool insider information. And when you make your own travel brochure, you’re sure to remember all those fun facts you learn as you put them in one place.
Step 1: Library Research
Before you begin exploring, read a book or two about the place you are learning about. Atlases or geography books containing all the countries of the world are a great starting place, and you can also search for books about the specific continent, country, state, province, region, or landmark you are focusing on from your library. Here are some suggestions for books we really like. The colored smilies above each book tell you what age level they’re recommended for.
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Geography of the World
Countries of the World
The Travel Book
by Lonely Planet
Step 2: Travel Brochure
All you need to make this is the free printable travel brochure and any art supplies you want to use. You can print pictures from online, cut some out of brochures you got from a travel agency, or draw your own.
Kids can choose a place, find out all about it, and then create their own travel brochure describing what it’s like, the fun things to do there, and why they would choose it for a destination spot. There are also blanks for drawing or cutting and gluing pictures of their vacation spot.
Step 3: Show What You Know
Everyone can show off and share their destinations and brochures with each other. You can even make a few copies of your work and distribute them to the members of your family.
Additional Layers are extra activities you can do or tangents you can take off on. You will find them in the sidebars of each Layers of Learning unit. They are optional, so just choose what interests you.
If you want to get really creative you could even use it as a history activity. (Imagine you were a European getting ready to travel to America for the first time during its colonization. Maybe you’re a knight heading to the Holy Land for a crusade. Perhaps you’d like to visit the Egyptian pyramids during their construction phase.) Pick a time period and a place and you’ve got a history activity as well.
Make a map of your destination to go along with your brochure. You can draw the map on the back side of the brochure so it is double-sided.
Video a travel commercial to accompany your brochure. Use it to convince others to travel to the destination on vacation. How convincing can you be?
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