Hands-On Geography Activities for Ages 4-10

There are so many fun things you can do with your kids to help them gain an understanding of the geography of our amazing world! Here are some of the geography activities we use in our homeschool.


Over the years we have made maps…

with sand, dirt and grass seed like our Nile River Valley


Out of clay, like our Ancient Greece (and Mediterranean Sea) map  (Ancient Greece Geography Project, Ancient Greece Geography Project, Part 2)

Out of graham crackers, like our map of Britain


and out of cookie dough like our map of South America (with the Andes as chocolate chips!)

You can study and color world flags


And use world flags with pin maps, like we did with the countries of Asia

and with the countries in AfricaAfricanPinMapas the kids got older we used it to study the seas, straits and oceans (See the oceans, seas, straits printable here.)

Ocean-Seas-Straits-Pin-Mapand deserts of the world (See the deserts printable in our World Facts Packet)

Deserts of the World worksheets and pin map

You can use geography puzzles:

You can toss a globe around and identify the continent (or country) your thumb lands on when you catch it:


You can study famous landmarks and make replicas

You might want to see the World Landmarks materials we have in our World Facts Packet! The kids loved playing World Landmark Bingo!

World Landmark Cards worksheet bingo cards World Landmark Bingo

You can locate famous rivers and lakes:

And you can study all the geography land form (and water form) terms like lakes, peninsulas, isthmus, bay and create them at home:

geography-termsYou might want to check out the landform and geographic features materials we have in our World Facts Packet:

Landform Worksheets and ActivitiesGeographic Features Landform Words Worksheets Activity Pages

You can make your own world globe!

You can play board games like Ten Days Across Europe (or Africa or Asia)


You can make food from different places… like our almond soup when we tried different foods from Africa


or pretzels from Germany

You can study a specific country and learn all about their history, culture and music like when we studied Japan,  India,

and Australia

You can try to arrange a country box exchange, which we’ve done with homeschoolers from or living in Singapore, France, different states in the U.S.

Country Box Exchange: China

Country Box Exchange: Gambia


Or you could participate in a postcard exchange from around the U.S. or around the world!

Each year I go over some major world facts.  You might want to check out our  World Facts Packet with material I go over with the kids each year… things like

  • What are the most populated countries?
  • What are the largest countries ?
  • What are the longest rivers? tallest mountains?
  • And, we go over similar information about the U.S.: What are the largest and smallest states?
  • Which state has the most people?
  • What is the longest river in the U.S.?
  • What are the major mountain ranges?World Facts Packet

Free Europe Flag Map

You might be interested in our free flag map printable with the flags of Europe. One of the maps is blank and one has the various European flags so younger students can match the country and its flag .Europe-Countries-Flags-Map-PrintableFree World Map Printables, World at Night Images, Outline Maps, etc.


Here is the printable I made for making your own World Biomes pin map:


Biomes Worksheets & Picture CardsBiomes Worksheets and Pictures

We also sing a lot of educational songs in our homeschool including geography songs.

Here is the post with the kids singing the 7-continents song and the Montessori style pin map you can download and make:



We also have learned the Fifty States that Rhyme Song: You can listen to the 50 States That Rhyme Song here.

50States-that-RhymeLyricsYou might want to visit the post about the Animals Around the World. You can access Montessori cards of animals from each continent at that post:


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.


Hopefully you’ve found an idea or two that you can use in your homeschool or classroom to make geography hands-on and fun!

See you next time or at our Homeschool Den Facebook page!

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5 Responses

  1. Tanushri says:

    Hey! Thanks for all the wonderful ideas and free downloads! Love the activities!

    • homeschooldenadmin says:

      Thanks so much for the kind message, Tanushri! I’m glad you have found some useful resources. As you can tell, we’ve had a lot of fun along the way. 🙂 Enjoy your homeschool journey! ~Liesl

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