Friday, July 6, 2012

Preparing for Fiji: Packing Helper (Picture Lists)

For my very visual children, I thought it would be helpful to make a chart to help the kids know what to pack.

I typed up a chart with words and drew pictures on each page (each printed on different coloured paper) and then labelled and laminated each chart.

The kiddos were able to still make choices about which shirts etc that they wanted to bring but they had clear guidelines about how many things to pack.

This helped in three key ways:

1. They didn't feel overwhelmed by choice

2. They were able to be helpful and learn skills around suitable attire to match the environment we were visiting. It also meant I knew they weren't going to have 10 pairs of winter pj's when we didn't need them!

3. Each of the kids' bags were under the weight limit by about 8-10kg!

Brett and I also packed our bags based on these charts and they helped us with replacking the bags for our return flight too.

More soon,
Lusi :-)

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