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Fossil Dig Travel Matching Game

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We've visited the Museum of the Rockies in Montana several times, but the kids are asking when we can go back.  They (like most kids) love the mystery and excitement of dinosaurs and other things dug from the ground.  Any activity featuring paleontology is great news in their book.


Expand Your Knowledge with Some Good Books!
Smithsonian Handbook: Fossils  <><  Where Do Fossils Come From?
Encyclopedia of Fossil Collecting  ><>  You Can Be a Paleontologist
The Study of Fossils Gift Set  <><  Fossils Tell of Long Ago
Curious about Fossils  ><>  Build Your Own Dinosaur Museum
Prehistoric Life  <><   Safari Ltd Dinosaur Skulls


Last year, I put together several matching games in a tin, which were great for slipping in a pocket for wait times like restaurants, doctor's offices, and airplanes.  This year, I'm starting out Travel Time Tuesday with a fossil matching game!  Just download the printable and you're good to go.




I was inspired f…

Printable Travel Journal

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This blog article was originally posted on my first blog In Our Pond.  I started out trying to put all my travel content on my homeschooling blog, but it grew to be too big.  So, I'm moving all the road trip stuff over here!  In Our Pond will now be exclusively for homeschooling and parenting content, while this blog (Party Through the USA) is for all the family travel posts.  Check them both out!




One of the DIY gifts I made this year was a travel journal for a sister who is hoping to take a trip to Scotland next year.  I designed these printable pages to go int the book I made for her, and I've decided to share them on here too.


Road Trip Scavenger Hunt Printables

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I was chatting with another mom as she prepares for a family road trip.  She was asking about scavenger hunt printables.  I was surprised to realize that I had never done anything with road trip bingo.  I enjoyed putting together these images for her.  Scroll the bottom of the post for a brand new scavenger hunt from Party Through the USA!



1- Hey, Let's Make Stuff
2- Meander and Coast
3- Free Kids Crafts
4- I Heart Organizing



5- The Resourceful Mama
6- Trip Savvy
7- 3 Boys and a Dog
8- Larissa Another Day


As promised at the beginning of the post- two new road trip scavenger hunt games.  They are US-centric because that's what I know, but they should be mostly good for all regions of the USA.  I chose to do gas stations and hotel chains, since those are very common sightings and an integral part of road trips.  Pass one out to each kid or give both to all the kids.  Place them in a page cover or laminate them to use over and over.  A whiteboard marker can be used to mark out the sign…

Love Bug Pinch Activity in an Altoid Tin

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I know it's a bit early for springtime posts, but all of our snow is melted and it's warming up already (I think we might get a springtime burial in snow).  I mainly wanted to make this printable activity for Valentine's Day.  Since the spider game is so popular, I thought a ladybug one would be a good addition.

Just like the spider game, the lady bug game is contained in a tiny Altoid tin.  The printable contains a custom cover for the tin.  I usually leave the tin unpainted but you can look for tutorials online for how to spray paint or cover them.  Laminate the cover or coat it with modge podge then hot glue it to the tin.


The printable comes with themed number squares, which can be used to help a child build number sense.  Using either Good Luck Mini ladybugs or craft buttons, the child can show the value for each number.  If you want to work on numbers 1-5, then you'll need 15 ladybugs in the tin.  If you want to do 1-10 at the same time, you'll need 55 bugs.