Our new favorite geography game

Here’s a video of my daughter playing the new geography game  we invented:

A few months ago I found this National Geographic world map and decided to glue it to a foam board to see if my daughter was interested in learning the continents.

 

Then, on our recent airplane trips we brought a small ball/globe and she started to show a real interest in geography, learning the names and locations of several countries.

 

When we got home we started to play a new game with the world map. We put her toy animals on their countries of origin. She loves it!

 

2 comments
TeamHP
TeamHP

As a Geography major, I absolutely love this idea. We play similar games at my house. A big hit with my kids is a large map of the United States and a couple of small toy cars. The girls "drive" the cars all over the country and call out the names of the states as they pass through or stop. I can put the map and cars on my dining table and watch the girls play while I make dinner or clean up the kitchen.

 

I also have to say, and I really try NOT to separate kids by gender, BUT Geography is rather male-dominated, so I love to hear about little girls getting an early start. :)

DebChitwood
DebChitwood

I LOVE this! It's such a fun way to learn geography, and your daughter obviously loves it (adorable video)! It's sad that many people don't believe young children can have fun learning concepts such as which continents animals come from. It's clear that your daughter is having a great time! I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page and pinned it to my Kids' Geography Activities board at http://pinterest.com/debchitwood/kids-geography-activities/

AwakeShelly
AwakeShelly moderator

 @TeamHP Thanks for sharing this! I will definitely play the game you mentioned with my daughter soon :) Hooray for girls who love geography!

AwakeShelly
AwakeShelly moderator

 @DebChitwood Thanks so much Deb! I've been shocked at how much she loves geography at only 22 months old. It never ceases to amaze me what young people are capable of when they're intrinsically motivated!