Preschool at Home: More Geography Activities

Yesterday, I shared a lot of activities that you can do with maps.  Today I want to share some other geography activities that my kids loved.

After reading through Me on the Map (which is just perfect for the 4-6 year old crowd), I had ED do an activity that focuses in on where we live.  You have the kids color in and paste their location, pinpointing their location by going from the largest to the smallest location. For example… I printed out labels such as I live on Earth, I live in North America…

I cut out circles for

  • the Earth
  • North America
  • USA
  • Your state: Kansas
  • City: Topeka
  • Street: 77 Maple Street

DSC03874Me-on-the-Map She colored in the maps and glued them onto the circles with the labels at the bottom:

DSC03881Earth
 Then you put the entire collection together (largest at the bottom) with a brad at the top:
DSC03890GeographyActivity
In the past we did variations of this activity using stacking boxes instead. This post from several years ago was Nesting Boxes from the Galaxy to the Atom — and has a similar idea…
Here’s a close-up
We also sang through the song about the 7 continents and ED put in pins on our world map:
IMG_4525ContinentSong
Here are the kids singing the Seven Continent Song. Last spring someone wondered if we could share the tune–so we made our first you-tube video.  We had a number of bloopers and flubs (which made us roll on the floor laughing), but this version went fairly well! So… here are the kids in their very first you-tube video!

 

If you want to print out and make your own Montessori materials, here are the posts where you’ll find those free downloads…

You’ll find the free Montessori World Map here  and instructions on how to make a Montessori pin map:

FreeMontessoriWorldGeographyMap-Printable

You might want to visit the post about the Animals Around the World. You can access free Montessori cards of animals from each continent at that post:

WorldAnimalMontessoriCards

Don’t miss this post about using the free Montessori US landmark cards I made (Grand Canyon, Statue of Liberty, etc.) and how we used them.

US-Landmark-and-Symbols-Montessori-3-Part-CardsUS-Landmarks

Other related posts you might be interested in:

Free and Useful Montessori Resources:
  • Living Montessori Now – This website has a wonderful collection of how parents are instituting Montessori inspired activities in their homes.
  • ETC Montessori – Free Downloadable Materials
  • Montessori Mom – This wonderful website has an extensive list of various Montessori resources.
  • Montessori Album – A growing site with lots of photos.
  • Montessori Materials – Lots of free resources. I especially love and use the paper purple beads for place value work in math (see “Bead Materials ones and tens, beads: hundreds and thousands. See my post about using these materials here.
  • Montessori for Everyone–Offers free downloads each month–sorting cards such as the seasons, where things come from, animal tracks and more.

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