The latest newsletter from Saving Memories Forever had a great idea for keeping the kids occupied while you’re on the road this vacation season. Turn them into reporters and have them submit updates from the trip. My grandkids all have iPod Touches which would be perfect for this kind of project, but you could use your iPhone or Android phone to capture the recordings and photographs using the free Saving Memories apps. The the premium subscription ($3.99/month or $40/year) is quite affordable and gives each family member their own storyteller account (or byline in reporter terms) with their own photo. Each can use the app to record audio news stories with supporting photographs throughout the trip. If your kids are using iPod Touches, you don’t always have access to Wi-Fi at hotels and campgrounds. In that case, stop by a local public library so those stories can be uploaded to your Saving Memories account. Library Wi-Fi is generally safer than other public Wi-Fi locations.
This is a great way to get your children interested in family history and challenging them to observe, research and document the sites and experiences of a vacation trip teaches them techniques that will useful throughout their lives. Best of all, they’ll have fun doing it.
Don’t forget to hook the grandparents up with “listener” accounts at Saving Memories. That way they can keep up with the mayhem fun from a safe distance.