Tips for Wyoming visit with KIDS
Prepare the kids!
Get the wheels turning before a trip! Reading and talking about your destination helps the kids lay down a layer of knowledge they can build upon during your actual visit.
The underlying scaffolding of learning before the trip gives everything they learn while traveling a place to ‘stick’. Like with building blocks, kids can build upon earlier experiences. Having prior experiences gives meaning to your adventure and keeps kids from wondering, “Why should I care about seeing this?”.
Wyoming is a beautiful and wide open space to explore with your family.
Wyoming Visit – Watch for Moose
Moose are BIG! Taller than a grown man and they can weigh as much as a car. Do not get too close. They can run really fast!
Make your own moose – hand prints are antlers and footprint is the face! Thanks Mrs. Karen’s Preschool!
Read before you go!
If you Give a Moose a Muffin by Laura Numeroff This fun book with predictable prose is loved by kids! Silly and light hearted elementary school aged kids love this book and the others in the series. Written for kids aged 4-8 years. Lexile Measure: AD590L. Length: 32 pages.
Have moose sandwiches. Thank you, Lushhome for the yummy and cute idea!
Wyoming Visit – First in Women’s Rights
Louisa Ann Swain, who was 69 at the time, was the very first woman to vote in the United States. She voted in 1870, on her way to purchase yeast for the day’s baking.
Make this fun booklet and learn how women got the vote.
Nellie Ross was the very first female governor in the United States from 1925-1927.
Wyoming has had the highest percentage of women in the House of Representatives since 1989.
Wyoming Visit – Visit the 1st Dude Ranch
The Eaton family has operated Eaton’s Ranch since 1879. This is where the term ‘dude’ originated! A dude ranch is a working ranch that welcomes visitors to help watch and help out.
Watch the movie City Slickers, about city boys who go to a dude ranch for a vacation.
Make craft horses and think about riding them!
Wyoming Visit – Home to the Oldest County Library in the country
To be honest, there is more than one library that claims to be the oldest COUNTY library in the country but his one has clearly been around a very, very long time. The Laramie Country library was established in 1886 when Wyoming was just a territory. It claims to be the oldest continually operating county library system in the United States. Considering how ‘throw away’ and ‘out with the old in with the new’ our society has become…this is pretty impressive.
Wyoming Visit – First National Monument
President Roosevelt created the very first national monument with Devil’s Tower in 1906. Geologists disagree on how this unique tower was formed. Clearly erosion has worked its magic here which has left many vertical cracks. Mountain climbers love these types of cracks and registered climbers can enjoy a climbing adventure on Devil’s Tower year round – except June.
The Devil’s Tower is sacred to many Native American Indian tribes and June is when they hold their ceremonies. It is not illegal to climb during this time, but the park requests that climbers voluntarily climb at other times.
The Devil’s Tower is also a part of pop culture after having been featured in the 1977 Steven Spielburg movie, Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
Wyoming Visit – First National Forest
President Harrison in 1891, made Shoshone Forest the very first national forest. This 2.4 million acre area has a varied terrain. It is a glorious place to visit, but be prepared as conditions can change and cell phone coverage is spotty!
Wyoming Visit – Coal
The largest producer of coal in the United States is Wyoming. More than 90% of coal is used to make electricity – something we all agree we can not live without. How much electricity does coal make? More than 1/2 of all the electricity we use in the US every day is made from coal.
Another creepy and interesting use for coal? We use it in tar shampoos that get rid of lice and dandruff!
The Educational Tourist helps families make travel memories. Watch the video on visiting Wyoming!
Happy Travels in wide open spaces,
Natalie, The Educational Tourist