1. Think of your child's school when you travel:
I first came back from Bali I bought some Pumice, Lava rocks & sand
from one of the black (Lava) Beaches for the Tiffany & Melanie to give
to their school. (They both took them to show & Tell, then let the
school keep them.) That was 5 years ago and they are still on display
in their school's science departments. I'm sure you can think of
something, no matter where you travel.
|| If your going to the beach
how about shells and if it's not to big a problem you could press
seaweed samples, gather things of interest off the beach: sea beans,
etc. Any of these things can be looked up in books or on line & your
kids can take them to show & tell.
| How about a
container of sand? On every beach the sand is different, I had
mentioned that I bought sand back from the black sand beach on Bali.
It was Black from lava but the shell fish, small corals &
other creatures with exoskeletons also make up sand. These can be
very interesting under a school's microscope. The science department
of your child's school would probably be very thankful to get some.
Check these web sites about sand. Sand
collector.com & Arenophile
|| Camping, How about pressed
leaves, or nuts, seeds, etc. also interesting in a science class, but
be careful if coming into your home country from a stay abroad, make
sure you clearit with customs as many plant diseases have entered
other parts of the world in this manner.
2. For your kids:
|| How about stamps? All
countries print stamps & the lower denominations are a real bargain. A
big plus in stamps is that a lot of stamps have historical or other
information about that country printed on them: Famous people, events,
landmarks, wildlife, etc. so they can be a learning experience, not to
mention they are little works of art. You may even be able to get some
of them for free. Stamp collectors also collect used stamps. I ask, at
the places I stay, if they have any old envelopes that I could have
for the stamps (Tiffany & Melanie both save stamps.) & you'd be
surprised how many people will gladly help you. You can buy stamps to
teach your kids about the world at Kenmore Stamp Company Here.
|| Coins & currency can
sometimes, as in Indonesia, be a very reasonable gift when used with
the collection idea. Just look at the new U. S. quarters. Nice gifts
to children from foreign countries? I've sent one of each one minted
to both a little boy and a little girl in Adelaide, Australia. & they