Keep kids inspired about the world with crafty DIY postcards

Imagining travel can help children stay positive about the future.

A canceled family vacation or a compromise of grandma's house instead of a crowded amusement park might yield a pout, a couple of eyerolls, or maybe even a few stomps. That’s understandable. Fortunately, there’s an old-fashioned way for kids to keep their travel dreams alive—writing postcards.

“Dreaming, planning, being curious, and imagining themselves in the future helps kids feel energized and excited when they’re struggling,” say Sarah Sumners, associate director of the Torrance Center for Creativity and Talent Development. “We see psychological benefits in terms of both mood and behavior when kids engage in things like creative writing and creative thinking.”

Kids didn't quite get what they wanted out of their vacation? They can pretend they did instead, creating postcards that share cool facts about places they wish they could visit and fictional accounts of the experiences they envision themselves having.

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