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 Africaas the kids got older we used it to study the seas, straits and oceans (See the oceans, seas, straits printable here.)
and deserts of the world (See the deserts printable in our World Facts Packet)
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:
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 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:
You can make your own world globe!
You can play board games like Ten Days Across Europe (or Africa or Asia)
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!
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.
There 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):
The 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.
You can make food from different places around the world… like our almond soup when we tried different foods from Africa
or pretzels from Germany (We used Erica’s wonderful recipe from Confessions of a Homeschooler.)
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.
You might be interested in these related posts:
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…
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!!
Famous World Landmark: Montessori Cards, Worksheet, Bingo Cards
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 .Free World Map Printables, World at Night Images, Outline Maps, etc.
China – Geography and Famous Landmarks Packet (Currently Free to Download)
Britain – Geography and Famous Landmarks Packet (Currently Free to Download)
Here is the printable I made for making your own World Biomes pin map:
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:
or 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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