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Summer Vacation Souvenir Survey–Your Favorites and Theirs

Posted by lindamartinandersen on August 9, 2012


 

“A Writer’s Playground”–A place to find wordplay, writing, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those young at heart.

Question:  What do these words have in common?  Souvenirs, tourists, gifts, mementos, collections, and budget. 

Answer:  Vacation.

Every fall when school starts back, teachers ask students to write about “What did you do over summer vacation?”  Why not approach this assignment in a unique way this year? Survey friends and family members about vacation souvenirs to discover what was received or purchased and which were favorites.  Then when you return to school you can answer, “I conducted a survey about vacation souvenirs.  Here are my results.” 

Brainstorm about summer vacation souvenirs and then you’ll be ready to conduct a survey.  I have created a sample.  I hope you find it helpful.

Name some summer vacation souvenirs you have received or collected.  Make a list.  Divide the items into Purchased Souvenirs and Free Souvenirs.

Name some summer vacation souvenirs you’ve purchased for others.  Make a list.  Divide the items into Purchased Souvenirs  and Free Souvenirs.

Survey your friends about souvenirs received and purchased.  Tally the results.  What was the most popular souvenir?  What was the least popular?  Group surveys by age.  Consider these groupings:  Under 6, 6-12, 13-18, and Over 18.

 Survey of Vacation Souvenirs 

Age Group:  ____(under 6), ____(6-12), ____(13-18), and ____(Over 18)

Souvenirs

For Self

For Others

Favorite

One For Self

Favorite

One For Others

T-shirt or other clothing

 

 

 

 

Mug, refrigerator magnet, etc.

 

 

 

 

Photographs or postcards

 

 

 

 

Toy or stuffed animal

 

 

 

 

Ticket stub

 

 

 

 

Shells, rocks, etc.

 

 

 

 

Snowglobe, Replica of Place,etc. 

 

 

 

 

Others 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number 1 most frequently received–is it a T-shirt? 

As for me, I’d rather get photographs or postcards, if I can’t go along on the trip.  Some people call that taking an “armchair vacation” because you can enjoy the beauty without leaving your oversized comfy armchair.  Here are a few photographs from friends who traveled far and wide. Can you find these locations on a world map or globe?  To visit the photographers’ blogs/websites, click the links below:

http://maureenwartski.wordpress.com/2012/07/04/ole-barcelona/

http://poetryforkidsjoy.blogspot.com/2012/07/rain-in-rainforest.html

www.joanyedwards.com (Joan’s photographs are not available here, but activities for children are)

Columns built for Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain. Copyright © 2012 Maureen Wartski

Fountain in Versailles, France.  Copyright © 2012 Maureen Martski

Clear Creek River Georgetown, Colorado, taken from Georgetown Loop Narrow Gauge Train Ride. Copyright © 2012 Joan Edwards

Tambopata Research Center in Rainforest of Peru. Copyright © 2012 Joy Acey

Howler Monkey in Rainforest of Peru. Copyright © 2012 Joy Acey

Mt. Rainier near Washington Route 7, about 25 miles south of Puyallup, Washington. Copyright © 2012 Joan Edwards

All photographs were used with permission by the owner.  Thank you to my friends who shared these interesting scenes.  Thanks to all the readers who stopped by to visit “A Writer’s Playground.”  Please leave a comment and come back soon.  Bring a friend.

Copyright © 2012 Linda Martin Andersen

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7 Responses to “Summer Vacation Souvenir Survey–Your Favorites and Theirs”

  1. Dear Linda,
    You come up with the neatest ideas. I love the idea of a survey. Children love to ask their family and friends questions and tally up their answers. Thank you for liking my photographs enough to share them with your readers. I hope they enjoy them. Thanks for sharing my website that has oodles of puzzles, devotionals, and skits.

    Celebrate you and your ideas today.
    Never Give Up
    Joan Y. Edwards

  2. Joan,
    Thanks for the compliment. I had fun creating this survey. I hope kids will try it out. Maybe it will lead to a story about a favorite vacation souvenir or exploration of the globe or maps.

    It’s great to share websites, blogs, and photographs of fellow writers. I hope kids find all the fun in store for them there.

  3. What a clever way to share pictures– I recognized joy’s. I just posted it to FB. Are you on FB? I thought you were but can’t find you. BTW, when you post this to the list serve, you might want to include the direct link to your blog (but make it a tiny url first). More likely that people will track it down.

  4. Very nice post– as always, Joan! And timely, too.

  5. Good information. Lucky me I came across your website by accident (stumbleupon).
    I have book-marked it for later!

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