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

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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

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

You can study and color world flags

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

and with the countries in AfricaAfricanPinMap

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:

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You can study famous landmarks and make replicas

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-terms

You can make your own world globe!

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

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

AlmondSoup

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

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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.

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

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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:

7-continents-song

 

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:

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-Cards

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

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