Geography Activities (UK and Europe)
We’ve been doing some background activities on Sir Isaac Newton since we’re starting a new unit on gizmos, gadgets and simple machines. Newton was from England so we did some geography lessons about the UK, Britain and Europe in general. We talked briefly about the difference between the United Kingdom, Britain and England. Then we brought a map over and the kids cut out their own map of Britain using graham cracker dough (I shared our homemade graham cracker recipe yesterday). Then I made some frosting and the kids colored in Wales, England and Scotland.
I don’t recommend putting frosting on graham crackers normally, but it worked for this project.
A couple days later the kids filled in a map of the UK and wrote in the countries that make up the United Kingdom (Northern Island, Wales, England and Scotland), Britain (Wales, England and Scotland), the bodies of water that surround the UK and Ireland, and so forth.
We pulled out our Montessori flag map and identified some of the countries they knew. (My apologies to my Australian friends for the New Zealand map in the picture below! The kids put the map in and I didn’t catch that it was missing the commonwealth star until they were coloring their flags!)
One afternoon I planned some flag coloring during our read aloud time (the kids are often doing something while I read aloud from our current novel). They were so into the flags that they asked for more the next day!