Tiny Tourists: Greece

Susannah Douch and her family reviews a new travel book for children

For our recent family holiday to Crete, we were lucky enough to be offered a copy of Tiny Tourists: Greece for review, part of a children’s activity and keepsake series which also covers France, Spain, Italy, Tenerife, Lanzarote, USA and Ski Trip editions, as well as a Wedding title.

The book is divided into three sections: before (My Travel Log), during (Explorer Skills) and after (Memory Bank) your travels. While the books are aimed at 3-6 year olds, our nine and 11 year olds were keen to be involved and offer a helping hand. The books are simply, but clearly illustrated and offer a unique range of activities with direct relevance to the country or geographical area. In addition, some useful words or phrases are provided along with phonetic spellings to help with pronunciation.

The ‘Travel Log’ section prepares the traveller for their journey with a map and activities which we found a useful plane activity. The main body of the book contains games and activities which support the National Curriculum grouped into Maths, Literacy and The World Around Us. We regularly used these activities on restaurant visits and breaks from the pool.

At the end of our stay, we gathered receipts, brochures and tickets for the final memory scrapbook section.

Our five-year-old thoroughly enjoyed the range of activities and proudly took the book in to school on his return to show his class. His favourites were designing and decorating a Greek vase, counting the kebabs and writing a postcard.

Although the summer holidays are rapidly becoming a distant memory, I would certainly recommend these books if planning a half-term or Christmas break as well as making a good stocking filler.

Tiny Tourists are published by Beans and Joy Publishing and are available via Amazon.