Hands-On Geography Activities for Ages 4-10

Geography Activity for Kids - Pin Map

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

Create the Nile of Ancient Egypt Hands-On Geography Activity

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

Geography of Greece - Hands-On Geography Activity for Kids to learn about the Mediterranean region

Hands-On Geography of Ancient Greece

Out of graham crackers, like our map of Britain

Make a Cookie Map of Britain - Hands-On Geography Activity

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

Cookie Map of South American - Edible Hands-On Geography Activity

You can study and color world flags

World Flags Geography Activity for Kids

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

Pin Map of Asia - Geography Activity

and with the countries in AfricaPin Map of Africa - Geography Activityas 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 Map - Geography Activityand deserts of the world (See the deserts printable in our World Facts Packet)

Deserts of the World worksheets and pin map - Geography Activity

One year we studied American history. We also spent time learning the U.S. States and Capitals. You can find out more about our USA States and Capitals Packet here:

USA States and Capitals PacketUS States and Capitals Activity - Texas Utah

You can use geography puzzles:

Geography Puzzle of Australia - Australia Pin Map

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

Geography Globe Game

You can study famous landmarks and make replicas

World Landmarks Geography Activity

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:

Famous Rivers and Lakes in the USA - Geography Activity

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

geography Land form terms - Geography ActivitiesYou 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

Where I Live Activity Packet – My galaxy, solar system, planet, continent, country, state, town, and home!
This packet contains a booklet and an interactive notebook activity to help kids understand where they live — from our Milky Way Galaxy right down to their city/town, street and home!
(These activities can be used by students in the U.S.A., Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand thanks to the help of homeschoolers from around the world!)

Where I Live Activities - galaxy, solar system, planet, continent, country, state, city or town, home

You can make your own world globe!

Create a World Map - Geography Activity

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

Hands-On Geography Board Game 10 Days in Europe


Scratch Maps:

World Scratch Maps

If you are studying a lot of countries in your homeschool, you might enjoy this Scratch Off Bucket List World Map. (affiliate link) My kids really loved doing this!!   Just note that you cannot scratch off individual U.S. states with the map below. We did this and loved the world landmarks that are revealed!

World Scratch Map

World Scratch Map - Geography Activity

USA Scratch Map: When we traveled out West, we bought a fun USA scratch map (affiliate link) that the we pulled out and scratched off as we drove from state to state. This would be fun if you’re studying the US states.

This was the USA scratch map (affiliate link) that we used as we made our way across the country. I decided to go with a larger (almost poster size map 33inches x 23 inches because it also had the highways. I thought that would be a bit more fun and figured we would keep our scratch map in a poster tube.

USA-Scratch-Map-with-HighwaysThere is also a smaller USA scratch map that is closer to 8×11 in size: USA Scratch Map. (affiliate link)


Cork Globe Pin Map: Recently, we bought a globe with countries that you can color in or place pins in. This will be useful to us because we are studying 20th century history this year and really need to be able to identify countries all around the world.   You’ll find the Globe Pin Map here: (affiliate link):

Cork Globe - Pin Map GlobeThe picture makes the globe above look huge, but it’s only about 6 inches or so in diameter. Here’s a picture of ED holding it just to make sure you have a better idea about the size. We wanted something that wasn’t as bulky as a traditional sized globe, but if you want something larger you’ll have to look around.

Cork World Globe

World Foods:

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

Cooking Around the World - Almond Soup Geography Activity

or pretzels from Germany (We used Erica’s wonderful recipe from Confessions of a Homeschooler.)

Making Pretzels (Germany Geography Activity)

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

China – where we did an activity on Chinese Brush Painting


and activities related to 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

Gambia-Care-Package2Or you could participate in a postcard exchange from around the U.S. or around the world!

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Geography Activities for Kids

You might be interested in these related posts:

Where I Live Activity Packet – My galaxy, solar system, planet, continent, country, state, town, and home!
This packet contains a booklet and an interactive notebook activity to help kids understand where they live — from our Milky Way Galaxy right down to their city/town, street and home!

Where I Live Activities - galaxy, solar system, planet, continent, country, state, city or town, home Where I Live BookletWhere I Live Activity Packet Where I Live - interactive notebook pieces

Each year I go over some major world facts with the kids…   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?

You might want to check out our  World Facts Packet with material I go over with the kids each year…World Facts Packet

Plus, also in the World Facts Packet is a new section on Geographic Features and Land Forms. Plus, we also studied the deserts of the world as well as famous world landmarks! These are all included in the World Facts Packet is now over 70+ pages!!

World Facts Packet - Geography LandformsDeserts of the World worksheets and pin mapLandform Worksheets and Activities

Famous World Landmark: Montessori Cards, Worksheet, Bingo Cards

World Landmark Cards - worksheet and bingo cards

World Facts Packet - Geographic Features Landform Words Topographic Maps

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.

Free-World-Maps-Printables-HomeschoolDenChina – Geography and Famous Landmarks Packet (Currently Free to Download)

China Geography Packet

Britain – Geography and Famous Landmarks Packet  (Currently Free to Download)

Britain geography landmarks packet

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:

WorldAnimalMontessoriCardsWorld Animal Montessori CardsWorld Animal Activitiesor learn all about animals in our huge Animal Packet!


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!

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Homeschool Curriculum Resource Guides - Free GuidesWant to see even more Hands-On Homeschool Activities? Be sure to check out this post with dozens and dozens of engaging activities we’ve done over the years: Hands-On Homeschool Activities

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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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