About a month into using k-3 climbers with my 5 year old (and a partially participating 3 year old), we took a month long trip to the UK and decided that we would take a monthly kit with us and try to continue our daily routine of performing a couple of activities a day.
To maximize efficiency, we decided to go through the trail map for the month and take out the items we would need from the toolkit as we were conscious of our luggage traveling internationally. We decided to skip taking the larger items (such as boxes of unfix cubes and k-3 climbers plastic sorting boxes) and we highlighted any activities we were not able to do. So far so good, we found it easy to pick up the monthly kit and extract what we thought we would need by a quick review of activity sheets. It took a bit of time to do this but we found it worked for us.
Once we settled into our routine in the UK, we picked up doing the activities during the part of the day that most suited our schedule (breakfast time) and for the most part we had success! We picked up items such as scissors, coloring pens, glue sticks etc over there. Hana (5) really enjoyed this structured part of the day especially as she was out of pre school for the month. Even Eva (3), would run to the table to participate especially if there was glue and coloring involved! As mentioned above, some activities we saved for our return as we did not have all of the tools we needed and we have successfully managed to complete those now we are back. Once we were done with activities we just discarded what we didn’t need in terms of instruction sheets (again I was conscious of carrying everything back to the US).
k-3 climbers is definitely rewarding experience for my children and for both myself and my husband. It gives us time to sit with our children and focus on something that does not involve a computer screen and it motivates us to get organized too. When traveling I found that it was much easier for me to lay out the upcoming days activities with all of the items required to complete the activity and ‘grab and go’. Keeping the attention span of the children can also be challenging when the adult has to take breaks to go and retrieve items, so this approach worked for me.
Overall, with some forward thinking and planning we were able to execute k-3 climbers successfully on our extended vacation. I felt better knowing that my children would have some learning built into their day; though some activities are more like fun play than learning anyway!