Fun Finds For Mom

Kids’ Adventure Journals

If you’re planning to head out into the wilderness this summer, REI has compiled some great resources for families at their REI Family Adventure website. One of the things you can download is this Kids Adventure Journal. It has a spot for your kids to paste in their photo and information, and the pages are filled with mazes, word puzzles, outdoor scavenger hunt lists, spots to record what they’ve seen that day, and more. (These passport-size journals are also available in REI stores, but there’s a good chance they may be out of them – this was the case when we visited REI earlier this week.)

If you want even more ways to keep the kids busy – especially on those long road trips — you can download an assortment of activity sheets, including crossword puzzles, word scrambles, hidden word searches, even instructions to make an origami bear. There’s also a sheet that lets you find out your very own “Trail Name” based on your initials. Mine is Eccentric Viper. You’re dying to know what yours is, aren’t you? Find out here.

A map of the country lets you look up local hiking and biking trails by state, and resources like the camping check-list will help you get prepared for your outdoor adventures, or in my case, intimidate you into wondering if you’ll ever be prepared to tackle a camping trip with little ones. At a glance, I swear there are at least 400 items on the list!

I would love to hear what your must-have camping items are. Personally, I just bought some telescoping marshmallow roasting skewers that I can’t wait to try out.

Posted Thursday, July 1, 2010 in Activity, Kids