While my older kids were learning a lot about the location of the specific countries of Africa, my preschooler was working on world geography again. I thought I’d share some of the activities ED has been doing the past week or two.
As always, we started out by singing the continent song. It’s to the tune of Frère Jacques:
Click here to hear the kids sing this the Seven Continents Song on You Tube and to see what we do with the pin map.
While we sing the song, the kids always point to the continents on a Montessori world map. (What makes it Montessori is the specific colors used for each continent.)
I made this pin map years ago and we have used it so, so much. But when I went to link to the website where I got our map, the link no longer worked. 🙁 So… it’s not perfect, but I made a Montessori world map that you can download for free.
There are two to choose from… one has country borders, the other doesn’t. Also I included the continent song so you can print it out if you want it.
Click here to download our free Montessori Style World Map Packet
Come see our 7 Continents Song you-tube video over at this post… the kids sang through the the song to help someone (overseas) learn the tune!
World Animals Packet: (Click here to find out more) As we talked about the 7 continents, we did a study of the World Animals. As we sang our song about the 7-continents, the kids would put down animal cards on each of the continents:
The World Animals Packet includes 1) Montessori 3-part cards 2) matching & tracing pages, 3) fun-fact tracing pages, 4) do-a-dot pages, 5) outline maps for each continent and a cut-and-paste activity 6) World Animals Board Game 7) World Animals Pin Map activity. It also includes satellite images of the 7 continents.
Here is a screen shot of the fun World Animals Game! (Be the first player to fill your player card by collecting an animal from every continent!)And a printable for making your own World Animals Pin Map (and instructions on how I put mine together!!)
You might also want to check out our Dinosaur Packet:
- Montessori 3-Part Dinosaur Cards
- Dinosaur Lapbook
- Dinosaur Matching
- Letter Activities
- Number Recognition
- Counting Activities
- Easy (and challengin!) Addition Activities
- Dinosaur Math Grid
- Odd-Even Games
- and much, much more!
You can purchase the World Animals Packet with the buttons below:
$4.00 (World Animal Unit ONLY, if you want the bundle with our Animal Packet scroll down below.)
$4.00 World Animals Unit (You can use the “Add to Cart” button if you are interested in adding in any of our other units, like the biology unit (which covers the world biomes), rainforest unit, etc. I talk a little bit about those down below, or you can visit Our Store for an even more comprehensive list!)
Purchase the BUNDLE: Animal Packet and World Animal Cards
You can use the add to cart button if you want to purchase the Rainforest Unit or Taxonomy Unit (below) as well.
What is included in the Animal Packet? (Click here for even more information about our Animal Packet.)
- Animal Body Coverings – feathers, fur, scales, skin
- Types of Animals and Animal Characteristics – In this section, we go over some of the traits common to mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish (ie. having a backbone, being warm (or cold) blooded, feeding their young with milk, laying eggs… etc. etc.)
- Types of Animal cut-and-paste activity (below)
- “What Am I?” Identify worksheet
- Types of Animals – Exceptions! — Did you know that the platypus is a mammal that lays eggs? This notebook page talks about some exceptions to traits discussed above
- Insects vs. spiders
- Invertebrate groups — and their characteristics (legs, no legs, antenna or no antenna, etc.)
- Animal and their Tracks – Montessori 3-part cards (which you can use to play a “Memory Game” – placing all the cards face down and trying to pick out matches); also animal and their tracks matching pages
- Wild vs. Domesticated Animals – Sorting Cards; Notebook Pages
- Nocturnal vs. Diurnal Animals – Sorting Cards, identification page
- Whose Tongue? – Fun identification page, notebook page
Here are some related packets that might be of interest:
Biology Unit (find out more at this post): After our family did the Animal Unit, we went on to study the biosphere. We talked about the different biomes, the food chain and food webs, the energy pyramid, animal feeding relationships and more.
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If your kids are a bit older (upper elementary, middle school) your kids might enjoy the Scientific Classification and Taxonomy Unit. We did this Animal Unit several years ago and just this year we did an entire unit on scientific classification & taxonomy. We build dichotomous keys and went into quite a bit of depth about the animal phyla:
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You might also be interested in our Rainforest Packet-this link takes you to the post where you can find out more!
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You might also be interested in these posts:
- Free World Biomes Pin Map (Grasslands, Deserts, Savanah, Tundra, Deciduous Forests, etc.)
- Various Free Montessori 3-Part Cards that I’ve made for the kids over the years
- Preschool at Home: Science for 2-5 year olds on up!
Other related posts you might be interested in:
- Preschool at Home: Activities you can do with your 2-4 Year Olds, Fine Motor Skills
- Preschool at Home: Learning Letters
- Preschool at Home: Alphabet Activities
- Preschool at Home: Handwriting
- Preschool at Home: Science for 2-4 Year Olds
- Preschool Montessori: Vertebrate and Invertebrate Study and Free Cards
- Preschool at Home: A Few Math Ideas for the 2 1/2-3 year old crowd
- Preschool Math Activities (K4) Montessori Math and More
- Preschool at Home: Lapbooks
- You might also be interested in the post: Homeschool Preschool Year in Review which was a recap of many of our preschool activities this past year.
- Preschool Geography: Activities for learning about where we live in the world, Montessori world map work and more
- Preschool Geography: Maps and More
- The Seven Continents and World Landmarks
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